Women's Basketball Travels to Stony Brook for Saturday Matchup
ORONO, Maine -- Maine (4-22, 3-10 America East) travels to Stony Brook (13-14, 5-9 AE) where it will look for its third-straight win, and its fifth straight over the Seawolves, on Saturday at 4 PM.
The Black Bears will be looking to win their third-straight game for the first time since doing so on Dec. 29-Jan. 7, 2006 when it beat Northwestern State, New Hampshire and Albany in back-to-back-to-back games. Maine is coming off a 73-63 win over Vermont on Wednesday evening in which Lauren Bodine knocked down a school-record tying seven three-pointers to lead Maine with 24 points. Courtney Anderson had a career night with her first career double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds while Liz Wood added 17 points and eight boards. Maine went 11-for-29 from three-point range and shot 41.7% from the floor.
The Black Bears enter Saturday averaging 55.0 points per game while giving up 68.8 points per game. Maine is shooting 36.8% from the field, 27.1% from three-point range and 66.6% from the free throw line. Maine averages 36.7 rebounds per game, 12.0 assists and 6.8 steals while forcing 15.0 turnovers.
With the Black Bears nipped by the injury bug, junior Ashleigh Roberts is Maine's current leader in scoring at 10.3 points per game and 4.5 rebounds. Roberts is shooting 70.5% from the free throw line, seventh best amongst league leaders. Freshman Liz Wood, who has scored in double figures in nine of her last 10 games, is currently leading all America East freshmen in scoring at 10.1 points per game with team-highs in rebounding (6.6) and steals (1.5). Wood, who is tied for the team lead in assists (2.4), is averaging a team-high 12.9 points in conference action. Courtney Anderson, coming off her first career double-double, is chipping in 7.1 points and 3.4 rebounds and is tied with Wood for the team-high in assists (2.4). Mikaela Gustafsson is averaging 3.7 points and 2.4 rebounds while Lauren Bodine, coming off a record-tying seven three-pointer performance, is adding 3.4 points and 1.5 rebounds. Sophie Weckstrom is adding 3.3 points and 1.9 assists.
Stony Brook enters the weekend at 1-4 in its last five and is coming off a tight 52-51 loss at home to UMBC. Jessica Previlon led the Seawolves with 18 points and seven rebounds in the loss while Sabre Proctor added 11 points and seven boards. Proctor leads all Stony Brook scorers with 10.4 points per game to go along with 3.8 rebounds. Previlon is chipping in 9.4 points with a team-high 8.0 rebounds while shooting a team best 50.2% from the field. Chikilra Goodman is adding 8.8 points and 6.8 rebounds with a team-high 3.8 assists while Brittany Snow averages 6.6 points and 3.7 rebounds. The Seawolves average 53.3 points per game while giving up 55.4. Stony Brook shoots 37.9% from the floor, 27.4% from three-point range and 59.5% from the free throw line while pulling down 37.3 rebounds.
This matchup will mark the 28th all-time meeting between Maine and Stony Brook with the Seawolves holding the all-time series lead 14-13. The Black Bears have won the last four matchups against Stony Brook including the most recent meeting on Jan. 26, 2013. In that game, the Black Bears had four scorers in double-figures led by Roberts' 14 points and five rebounds while Walczak, Wellington and Wood added 12. The first ever meeting between these two teams came on Jan. 11, 2001; a game won 68-57 by the Seawolves in Stony Brook.