Women's Basketball Hosts Binghamton on Alumnae Day
ORONO, Maine -- Maine closes out its brief two-game homestand today as it welcomes Binghamton (2-16, 1-4 AE) to campus on Alumnae Day for the Black Bears. Maine welcomes back its Alumnae as it looks to turn around a 13-game losing skid. The Bearcats enter the contest on a four-game losing skid dating back to their 46-44 win over Hartford on Jan. 2.
The Black Bears enter tonight averaging 50.3 points per game while giving up 68.5 PPG. Maine is shooting 34.6% from the field, 24.6% from three-point range and 66.7% from the free throw line. Maine averages 36.6 rebounds per game, 11.4 assists and 6.8 steals while forcing 21.1 turnovers. The Black Bears' 5.0 three-pointers made per game rank third amongst America East leaders.
Junior guard Ashleigh Roberts leads the Black Bears in scoring as she is netting 9.6 points per game to go along with 4.6 rebounds while shooting 40.8% from the field. Danielle Walczak is chipping in 9.4 PPG to go along with 4.6 rebounds and leads the team with a 44.5% mark from the field. Freshman Liz Wood is adding 6.4 PPG while leading the Black Bears in rebounding (5.7), assists (2.3) and steals (1.1). Courtney Anderson is averaging 6.3 PPG with 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Freshman Sophie Weckström is adding 3.1 PPG and 1.9 assists.
After opening conference play with a 46-44 win over Hartford, the Bearcats have lost four straight and eight of their last nine while entering the weekend at 2-16 and 1-4 in America East play. Binghamton, who averages 48.2 points per game while giving up 61.2, are led by sophomore forward Sherae Swinson. Swinson is averaging 10.6 points and 5.2 rebounds with a team-high 39.2 field goal percentage. Swinson is coming off a career-high 25 point game against Vermont last time out. Former America East Rookie of the Year Jasbriell Swain is chipping in 8.4 points while leading the team in rebounding (7.7) and assists (3.4). Morgan Murphy is averaging 7.1 points and 4.5 rebounds while Stephanie Jensen leads the Bearcats from beyond the arc as she is shooting a team-high 32.6% from long distance. Binghamton ranks last in shooting in the league at 32.3% as a team from the field and shoot 24.6% from three-point land and 66.9% from the free throw line while bringing down 36.0 rebounds per game. The Bearcats opened the season with eight-straight losses before picking up their first victory on Dec. 8 when they knocked off Buffalo 65-60 on the road.
Today's contest will break the current series tie between Maine and Binghamton as each team enter's today with 11 wins in the all-time head-to-head series. In the first overall meeting, Maine came away with a 63-62 overtime victory on Jan. 3, 2002. The two teams split last season's series with Maine winning the most recent matchup on Jan. 28, 2012 by a score of 48-47. In that game, a pair of clutch free-throws with just four-seconds left from Ashleigh Roberts sealed the win for Maine. The Black Bears held Binghamton to just 29.0% shooting from the field while Maine went 16-for-24 from the free throw line to lock down the win behind 20 points from Samantha Baranowski. The Black Bears are 2-8 in their last 10 games against the Bearcats.