Women's Basketball Faces Binghamton Saturday at 4 PM
ORONO, Maine -- The Black Bears (2-22, 1-10 America East) travel to Binghamton (4-21, 3-9 AE) to close out its 2013 regular season series with the Bearcats on Saturday, Feb. 16. Maine and Binghamton have been engaged in close contests as of late as its last two meetings have been decided by just three points total.
The Black Bears enter today averaging 53.5 points per game while giving up 69.1 PPG. Maine is shooting 36.4% from the field, 26.0% from three-point range and 67.4% from the free throw line. Maine averages 36.4 rebounds per game, 11.7 assists and 6.9 steals while forcing 15.1 turnovers. The Black Bears' 5.0 three-pointers made per game rank fourth amongst America East leaders.
Junior guard Ashleigh Roberts leads the Black Bears in scoring as she is netting 10.3 points per game to go along with 4.5 rebounds while shooting 70.5% from the free throw line, seventh best amongst league leaders. Roberts has tallied 20+ points in each of her last two games. Freshman Liz Wood is adding 9.3 PPG while leading the Black Bears in rebounding (6.3), assists (2.3) and steals (1.5). Wood, who is averaging a team-high 11.7 points in conference action, has tallied double figures in scoring in seven of her last eight games. Courtney Anderson is averaging 6.4 PPG with 3.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists. Anderson's 37.7% mark from three-point range ranks third in the league. Freshman Sophie Weckström is adding 3.0 PPG and 1.8 assists while Mikaela Gustafsson is chipping in 3.4 points and 2.3 rebounds.
Binghamton enters the weekend on a four game losing skid after most recently dropping a 60-57 decision to Stony Brook. In that game, Vaneeshia Paulk led the Bearcat attack with 11 points while Jasbriell Swain pulled down a game-high 16 rebounds. Binghamton is led on offense by Sherae Swinson who is averaging 10.6 points and 5.1 rebounds while shooting 38.7% from the field. Swain is chipping in 7.9 points and a team-high 7.8 rebounds while also leading the team in assists (85) and steals (66). Morgan Murphy is averaging 7.1 points per game and 4.5 rebounds while shooting a team-high 72.7% from the free throw line. Binghamton enters the game averaging 50.0 points per game while giving up 62.0. The Bearcats shoot 34.0% from the field, 27.9% from three-point range and 64.4% from the free throw line while pulling down 35.6 rebounds per game.
Today's contest will be the 24th meeting between Maine and Binghamton as the Bearcats enter today with a slight 12-11 advantage 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's last win coming on Jan. 28, 2012 by a score of 48-47. More recently, the Bearcats won the last matchup by a slim score of 67-65 in Orono on Jan.20. In that game, Maine had three scorers in double-figures, led by Liz Wood's 20 poitns and nine rebounds. Lauren Bodine added 15 points with five three-point shots while Danielle Walczak chipped in 12. Maine had a nine point lead at the half but failed to hold on. The Black Bears are 2-9 in their last 11 games against the Bearcats.