Joanne Palombo McCallie and Cindy Blodgett each helped the UMaine basketball program to make the jump to prominance nationally in the 90’s. Palombo recruited Blodgett to Maine.Their bond is the reason they have played the last two years.Before the game the Duke coach was honored for her years at Maine. She was inducted into the schools Hall of Fame this year and her name will now be in the rafters with the retired numbers.Maine took it on the chin at Duke last winter. On Monday they played a bit better.Duke grabbed a big lead in the first half. Karima Christmas scored 16 for the Blue Devils.Maine went on a run of its won late in the half. Samantha Wheeler scores for the Black Bears. They had it to within 13 early in the 2nd, Kristen baker hits the three.Maine couldn’t get any closer than that and lost 75-34. Maine also had 34 turnovers.More than 37 hundred fans watched the 11th ranked Duke team improve to 9-2 on the season, maine falls to 2-7.