Women's Basketball Hosts UMBC on Saturday at Noon
ORONO, Maine -- The Black Bears return home to start the second half of the America East schedule as they host UMBC (6-15, 2-6 America East) on Saturday afternoon. Maine, looking for its second-straight win at Alfond Arena, is coming off a 61-54 loss at New Hampshire on Tuesday. The Black Bears trailed by as many as 12 in the contest at UNH before fighting all the way back to tie the game but failed to get over the hump in the end. Maine had four scorers in double-figures for the second-straight game, led by Corinne Wellington's season-high 14 points and seven rebounds. A win for Maine in this game will give it its first back-to-back wins at home since defeating UMass and UMBC (12/29/10-1/9/11).
The Black Bears enter Saturday averaging 52.1 points per game while giving up 66.9 PPG. Maine is shooting 35.9% from the field, 25.4% from three-point range and 66.4% from the free throw line. Maine averages 36.5 rebounds per game, 11.3 assists and 6.9 steals while forcing 15.9 turnovers.
Sophomore forward Danielle Walczak leads the Black Bears in scoring as she is averaging 9.4 points per game with 5.2 rebounds and a team-high 45.9% mark from the floor. Junior guard Ashleigh Roberts is also chipping in 9.4 points per game to go along with 4.6 rebounds while shooting 40.2% from the field. Freshman Liz Wood, who has recorded double-figures in scoring in each of her last five games, is now averaging 8.7 points and a team-high 6.0 rebounds. Wood also leads the Black Bears in assists (2.5) and steals (1.4). Wood leads Maine in conference only scoring at 10.9 points per game. Courtney Anderson is averaging 6.5 PPG with 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists. Senior Corinne Wellington is averaging 3.5 points and 4.2 rebounds and is averaging 13.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in her last two games.
The Retrievers enter the weekend at 6-15 and 2-6 in league play. UMBC is 1-4 in its last five contests with the lone win coming on Jan. 23 by a score of 70-59 over Stony Brook. Last tiem out, the Retrievers dropped a 66-57 decision at home to Binghamton. Raven Harris led the UMBC attack with a career-high 24 points while Brittany Crowell added 12. Crowell leads the Retrievers in scoring at 12.5 points per game to go along with 4.6 rebounds. Crowell is averaging 15.6 points in league play. Harris is chipping in 11.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and a team-high 3.4 assists on the season and 15.3 points in America East action. Bria White is also scoring in double-figures, averaging 10.1 points and 3.0 rebounds. The Retrievers, who have played their last three games at home, enter today 0-9 on the road this season.
Maine and UMBC enter the contest with the Retrievers holding a slight all-time series lead at 10-9. UMBC swept last seasons meetings defeating Maine 75-55 in Orono (1/7/12) before taking the contest in Baltimore by a score of 66-44 (2/4/12) and won the most recent meeting 54-50 on Jan. 5. Courtney Anderson paced Maine last time out against UMBC as she tallied a career-high 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting including a trio of three-pointers. UMBC has won the last four meetings between the teams as Maine's last victory came on Jan. 9, 2011, a 60-57 victory in Orono. Tanna Ross' three-pointer with no time left propelled Maine to the win. In the win, Maine had five scorers in double-figures, the last time Maine has done so since. UMBC has won nine of the last 10 meetings dating back to Feb. 9, 2008 as Maine won the first five matchups between the two teams.