Women's Basketball Travels to Meet Vermont on Wednesday Evening
ORONO, Maine -- Maine returns to the road as it looks to turn around its current losing skid when it travels to face Vermont (6-12, 3-2 America East) on Wednesday evening at Patrick Gymnasium.
The Black Bears enter tonight averaging 51.1 points per game while giving up 68.4 PPG. Maine is shooting 35.0% from the field, 25.9% from three-point range and 65.5% from the free throw line. Maine averages 36.1 rebounds per game, 11.7 assists and 6.8 steals while forcing 15.5 turnovers. The Black Bears' 5.2 three-pointers made per game rank second amongst America East leaders.
Sophomore forward Danielle Walczak leads the Maine offense as she is netting a team-high 9.5 PPG to go along with 4.7 rebounds while also leading the team with a 45.7% mark from the field. Junior guard Ashleigh Robert is adding 9.1 points with 4.3 rebounds. Current America East Rookie of the Week Liz Wood is adding 7.6 PPG, after a career-high 20 point effort last time out, and leads the Black Bears in rebounding (5.9), assists (2.5) and steals (1.1). Courtney Anderson is averaging 6.3 PPG with 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Freshman point guard Sophie Weckström is adding 3.3 PPG and 2.2 assists.
The Catamounts have won three of their first five conference games, including two of their last three. After picking up wins over UMBC and Binghamton, Vermont dropped its last contest to Stony Brook by a score of 68-53. Kayla Burchill led the Catamounts at Stony Brook with 12 points and six rebounds. Vermont averaged 53.1 points per game while giving up 63.8 points. The Catamounts shoot 33.9% from the field, 27.9% from three-point range and 67.5% from the free throw line. Vermont averaged 39.2 rebounds per game.Niki Taylor leads Vermont with 8.6 points per game to go along with 5.3 rebounds. Tierra Shumpert is chipping in 7.8 points with 3.3 assists. Lauren Buschmann is adding 7.6 with 5.8 rebounds while Shanai Heber is adding 6.2 points with a team-leading 3.4 assists and a team-high 7.8 rebounds. The Catamounts rank second in the conference in offensive rebounding at 15.5 per game.
Maine has matched up against Vermont more than any other team in the history of the program as this will be the 81st meeting between the Black Bears and the Catamounts. Maine leads the all-time series 48-32 as the two teams split last season. The Black Bears won the first meeting last season by a score of 70-60 while Vermont took the most recent meeting by a score of 71-54 on Feb. 19, 2012. Corinne Wellington led Maine in its last outing against Vermont with 14 points. The first ever meeting took place in 1975; a game won 75-71 by the Catamounts.