ORONO, Maine -- Maine (4-23, 3-11 America East) hosts border rival New Hampshire (10-17, 5-10 AE) for Saturday afternoon's final home game of the 2012-13 season. Prior to the game, the Black Bears will honor their three seniors, Corinne Wellington, Rachele Burns and Amber Smith, for their four years of dedication to the University of Maine women's basketball program. A win for the Black Bears today and a loss by Binghamton to UMBC locks Maine into the #7 seed for the America East tournament.
Maine recently had its two-game winning streak snapped as it was looking for its fifth straight victory over Stony Brook but fell by a score of 56-53. Maine led the whole way until there was 6:41 left in the game. Lauren Bodine led Maine with 16 points and five rebounds while Liz Wood added 13 points and eight boards. Ashleigh Roberts narrowly missed a double-double as she netted 10 points with nine rebounds for the Black Bears who shot 36.0% from the field but were outrebounded 41-35.
The Black Bears enter the game averaging 54.9 points per game while giving up 68.3. Maine is shooting 36.8% from the field, 26.9% from three-point range and 67.2% from the free throw line. Maine averages 36.9 rebounds per game, 11.9 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 10.2 points per game and 4.6 rebounds. Roberts is shooting 71.3% from the free throw line, sixth best amongst league leaders. Freshman Liz Wood, who has scored in double figures in 10 of her last 11 games, is currently leading all America East freshmen in scoring at 10.2 points per game with team-highs in rebounding (6.7), assists (2.4) and steals (1.5). Wood is averaging a team-high 12.9 points in conference action, which ranks her fourth amongst league leaders, and 7.5 rebounds (third best in the league). Courtney Anderson is chipping in 7.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists. Lauren Bodine, the current America East Rookie of the Week, is coming off a week in which she averaged 20.0 points and 6.5 rebounds. Bodine is adding 3.9 points and 1.7 rebounds while shooting 33.8% from beyond the arc.
The Wildcats enter today's game 1-4 in their last five games and are coming off a 55-46 loss to the current league leading Albany Great Danes. Morgan Frame led the Wildcats against Albany with 16 points and eight rebounds while Cari Reed chipped in 11 points. New Hampshire averages 53.4 points per game while giving up 56.7. The Wildcats shoot 38.0% from the field and 26.4% from three-point range while leading the league in free throw percentage at 69.5%. UNH averages 36.5 rebounds, 10.7 assists and 5.6 steals while turning the ball over 16.1 times per game. Cari Reed leads the offense as she is fourth in the league in scoring at 12.4 points while pulling down 6.6 rebounds. Morgan Frame ranks eighth in the league in scoring at 10.8 points per game while leading the team in rebounding with 6.9 per game. Kelsey Hogan averages 9.5 points with 3.5 rebounds and a team-high 3.2 assists.
This matchup marks the 77th meeting between Maine and New Hampshire. The Black Bears first ever game came against the Wildcats as the two teams met in 1920 in a contest won 15-13 by New Hampshire. The Wildcats won the last meeting 61-54 on Feb. 22, 2012 and have won six-straight against the Black Bears. In the last meeting, Maine had four scorers in double-figures led by Corinne Wellington's 14 points and seven rebounds. Maine's last win against the Wildcats came on Feb. 16, 2010 as the Black Bears defeated UNH 69-61.