Women's Basketball Hosts Stony Brook Saturday at 2 PM
ORONO, Maine -- Maine returns home to Alfond Arena for Saturday's matchup as it looks for its fourth-straight victory over visiting Stony Brook (11-8, 3-3 AE). The Black Bears are coming off a 61-53 loss at Vermont on Wednesday night. In that game, Maine erased a 21-point deficit all the way down to six late in the second half but could not get over the hump, dropping the game in the end. Liz Wood led Maine at Vermont with a career-high 22 points to go along with seven rebounds; her third-straight game setting a career-high in points scored.
The Black Bears enter tonight averaging 51.2 points per game while giving up 68.0 PPG. Maine is shooting 35.2% from the field, 26.0% from three-point range and 65.1% from the free throw line. Maine averages 36.1 rebounds per game, 11.5 assists and 6.9 steals while forcing 15.9 turnovers. The Black Bears' 5.2 three-pointers made per game rank second amongst America East leaders.
Sophomore forward Danielle Walczak leads the Black Bears in scoring as she is averaging 9.4 points per game with 4.9 rebounds and a team-high 45.5% mark from the floor. Junior guard Ashleigh Roberts is chipping in 9.2 points per game to go along with 4.5 rebounds while shooting 41.0% from the field. Freshman Liz Wood has come on strong in her last three games and is now averaging 8.3 points and a team-high 5.9 rebounds. Wood also leads the Black Bears in assists (2.4) and steals (1.2). Courtney Anderson is averaging 6.2 PPG with 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Freshman Sophie Weckström is adding 3.1 PPG and 2.1 assists while shooting 35.1% from beyond the three-point arc.
Stony Brook enters the weekend 3-2 in its last five games and is most recently coming off a 70-59 loss at UMBC on Wednesday afternoon. Junior guard Chikilra Goodman led the Seawolves' effort at UMBC with 15 points, six rebounds and three assists while going 7-for-15 from the field. The Seawolves are averaging 55.3 points per game while shooting 39.5% from the field, 28.2% from three-point range and 61.4% from the free throw line. Stony Brook averages 38.1 rebounds per game and are 7-3 at home but have struggled on the road at 4-5. Sophomore Sabre Proctor paces the Seawolves' attack as she is averaging 10.6 points per game with 3.8 rebounds and a 44.5% field goal mark. Proctor's 84.5% mark from the free throw line is tops in the conference. Goodman is chipping in 9.5 points and 6.9 rebounds while leading Stony Brook in assists (3.6) and steals (2.2). Senior Jessica Previlon is averaging 9.2 points and leads the team at 8.7 rebounds per game while shooting a team-high 48.0% from the floor.
Saturday's matchup will mark the 27th all-time meeting between Maine and Stony Brook with the Seawolves holding the all-time series lead 14-12. The Black Bears have won the last three matchups against Stony Brook including the most recent meeting on March 1, 2012 in the opening round of the America East Championships. In that game, the Black Bears used 10 points and eight rebounds from Danielle Walczak to help lead them to a 49-43 victory. The first ever meeting between these two teams came on Jan. 11, 2001; a game won 68-57 by the Seawolves in Stony Brook. Walczak enters the game averaging 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in three career games against the Seawolves.