ORONO, Maine -- The Black Bears (5-5) look to close out the 2013 calendar year with a winning record for the first time since 2006 (6-5) as they host Towson (4-6) on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 2 PM.
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Maine (5-5) looks to return to its winning ways after dropping its last three contests. Maine dropped its America East opener 66-56 in overtime to Hartford before falling in its most recent outing 81-55 at Northeastern.
Maine is led by a pair of double-figure scorers in Ashleigh Roberts and Liz Wood. Roberts leads the way with 14.7 points and 5.7 rebounds while shooting a team-high 50.5% from the field. Roberts ranks third in the league in scoring and fifth in shooting percentage. Wood is adding 12.2 points and ranks second in the America East in rebounding at 7.7 per game. Wood also leads the Black Bears in assists (3.7) and ranks in the top 10 in the league in all three categories listed. Sophie Weckstrom is adding 6.5 points for the Black Bears. Weckstrom has hit a team-high 17 three-pointers, including four last game, and is shooting 40.5%.Weckstrom ranks fourth in the league in three-point percentage. Freshman Sigi Koizar has dished out 23 assists, second most on the team, while adding 4.9 points and 3.0 rebounds.
The Black Bears are averaging 61.2 points per game while shooting 41.3% from the floor, 34.1% from beyond the arc and 67.9% from the free throw line. Maine is averaging 34.2 rebounds and 6.8 steals while ranking second in the league in assists (15.2).
The Tigers enter the weekend winners of two of their last three but most recently dropped a 69-63 decision at Morgan State. Towson boasts three double-figure scorers, led by senior guard Tanisha McTiller. McTiller leads Towson in scoring at 18.3 points per game and is also tops on the squad in rebounding (8.6). Redshirt junior LaTorri Hines-Allen is chipping in 15.0 points and 7.5 rebounds while sophomore Dominique Johnson is averaging 11.8 points and leads the team with 4.2 assists.
As a team, Towson averages 60.8 points while giving up 64.5. The Tigers are shooting 35.5% from the field, 24.0% from beyond the arc and 60.2% from the free throw line. Towson outrebounds its opponents by a +6.3 margin (42.5-36.2) and are averaging 14.9 turnovers per game.
This will be the 15th meeting between Maine and Towson as the Black Bears currently hold a 13-1 advantage against the Tigers. Prior to last season's 69-64 loss at Towson, the Black Bears had won 13-straight. Towson, a past member of the America East conference, and Maine first met on Jan.4, 1996 a game won by Maine 81-67. Maine's last win against Towson came on Jan. 27, 2001 by a score of 53-41. In last season's meeting, Ashleigh Roberts poured in 15 points while Liz Wood tallied a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.