ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine women's basketball team (5-4) heads back out on the road as it battles former conference foe Northeastern (4-3) on Sunday afternoon. The Black Bears will be looking for their third road win of the season and first over a Colonial Athletic Association member school since defeating William and Mary, 66-46, in 2006.
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Maine (5-4), which has already surpassed its win total from a season ago, looks to return to the win column after a 66-56 overtime loss to America East for Hartford on Wednesday evening. The Black Bears, who last started a season with five wins in their first nine games in 2006, will look to defeat Northeastern for the first time since 2005.
Maine is led by senior guard Ashleigh Roberts who enters the weekend at 15.9 points per game (2nd best among conference leaders) to go along with 5.7 rebounds and a team-high 1.9 steals. Roberts leads the team in shooting at 54.5% from the floor and has scored in double-digits in each of Maine's first nine games. Sophomore Liz Wood, tenth in the conference in scoring, is also tallying double-figures in scoring at 12.1 points and leads the team in rebounding (7.6) and assists (3.8). Wood's rebounding mark is good for fourth best in the America East while she ranks third in assists. Sophie Weckstrom is chipping in 5.9 points with a team-high 13 three-pointers and a 37.1% mark from beyond the arc. Freshman guard Sigi Koizar gives Maine more depth at the point as she is chipping in 5.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists.
As a team, Maine is averaging 61.9 points per game. The Black Bears rank second in the league in shooting (42.5) and tops in three-point percentage (35.1), with 7.2 three-pointers per game (2nd best in the league). The Black Bears average 34.1 rebounds per game and rank second in the conference in assists (15.9).
The Huskies enter the weekend 4-3 and currently riding a two-game losing streak after falling to Harvard (81-74) and at Holy Cross (70-62). Junior guard A'lece Mark leads the Husky offense as she is tallying a team-high 18.7 points to go along with 2.3 assists. Northeastern's offense is helped by senior center Jewel Tunstull. Tunstull, who stands at 6-3, is averaging a double-double with 15.4 points and 10.3 rebounds whil leading the team at 53.7% from the field.. Kazzidy Stewart is chipping in 9.0 points with with 4.1 rebounds while Amencie Mercier is adding 8.0 points and a team-high 4.3 assists.
As a whole, Northeastern averages 67.6 points per game while giving up 63.1. The Huskies, who average 36.3 rebounds, are shooting 40.0% from the field, 32.3% from three-point range and 75.9% from the free throw stripe.
This will be the 54th meeting all-time between Maine and Northeastern, former foes of the America East conference. The Black Bears hold the all-time advantage at 33-20. Maine won the last meeting 71-45 Northeastern on Feb. 15, 2005. Maine last won at Northeastern on Jan. 22, 2005; a 68-65 decision. Maine currently has a seven game win streak against the Huskies. The two teams first met in 1983; an 87-64 win by the Huskies.