Millan helps Main women win American East 74-65

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Millan helps Main women win American East 74-65
Maine's Blanca Millan, left, and Hartford's Darby Lee battle for the ball in the first half in the America East Conference women's basketball championship, Friday, March 9, 2018, in Bangor, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Blanca Millan scored 11 of her 22 points in the third quarter and top-seeded Maine used that one dominant quarter to win the American East Conference Tournament on Friday, 74-65 over Maine, and earn its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2004.

Julie Brosseau scored all 16 of her points in the first half, which ended with the game tied at 36. Then Maine (23-9) went to work, making 3 of 4 3-pointers and 9 of 12 overall, to win for the 14th time in 15 games, including six straight.

Millan’s 3-pointer put the Black Bears, who lost to Albany in the previous two title games, up for good, 41-38, two minutes into the second half. It was a two-point game just past the midway point of the third quarter when Millan’s jumper started a 9-0 run that stretched to 14-2 for a 60-47 lead entering the fourth quarter.

The lead stayed in double figures until the Hawks (19-13), who had won four straight, made two 3-pointers in the final minute. Janelle Harrison was the leading scorer with 13.

Parise Rossignol added 12 points and Tanesha Sutton 11 for Maine. Fanny Wadling had 10 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals.