ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine women's basketball team (6-5) looks to close out the 2013 calendar year with a winning record for the first time since 2006 (6-5) as they travel to Sacred Heart (2-8) on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 2 PM.
A LOOK AT THE BLACK BEARS...
Maine (6-5) looks to pick up wins in back-to-back games for the second tiem this year after coming off a 72-58 victory at home over Towson. Liz Wood led Maine in its most recent victory with her second double-double of the season (10 pts, 10 rebs) while Lauren Bodine chipped in 15 points off the bench. The Black Bears tallied 25 assists in the game. It was the most team-assists by the Black Bears since they total 26 in a 78-68 win in a game against North Carolina A&T on Dec. 29, 2005.
Maine is led by a pair of double-figure scorers in Ashleigh Roberts and Liz Wood. Roberts leads the way with 13.9 points and 5.7 rebounds while shooting a team-high 50.0% from the field, tied for fourth highest in the league. Roberts currently ranks fifth in the league in scoring. Wood is adding 12.0 points and ranks second in the America East in rebounding at 7.9 per game. Wood also leads the Black Bears in assists (3.8) and ranks in the top 10 in the league in all three categories listed. Wood has tallied double-figure scoring efforts in each of her last eight games. Lauren Bodine is adding 6.3 points and has hit a team-high 20 three-pointers, including four in Maine's previous game. Bodine's 2.0 three-pointers per game are matched for the league best while she ranks second in the league in three-point shooting (42.6%). Sophie Weckstrom is adding 6.3 points for the Black Bears. Weckstrom has hit 17 three-pointers, including four last game, and is shooting 41.0%.Weckstrom ranks fifth in the league in three-point percentage. Freshman Sigi Koizar has dished out 26 assists, second most on the team, while adding 5.3 points and 3.1 rebounds.
The Black Bears are averaging 62.2 points per game while shooting 42.1% from the floor, 33.3% from beyond the arc and 69.2% from the free throw line. Maine is averaging 34.5 rebounds and 7.1 steals while leading the league in assists (16.1).
SCOUTING SACRED HEART...
The Pioneers enter the weekend at 2-8 and riding a six game losing streak with their last win coming on Nov. 23; a 76-73 overtime victory at Saint Peter's. Sacred Heart has already been involved in three overtime contests and are 1-2 in OT. Sacred Heart will be looking for its first home victory of the season as it is currently 0-4 at home.
The Pioneers boast a pair of double-figure scorers in senior Ericka Norman and junior Gabrielle Washington. Washington leads the Pioneers in scoring at 14.8 points per game and also leads the way in rebounding (4.8) while Norman is chipping in 11.1 points and team-highs in 4.0 assists and 2.3 steals. As a unit, the Pioneers are averaging 61.6 points but are giving up 70.6, a difference of -9.0. Sacred Heart struggles in the rebounding department, bringing down 35.3 rebounds per game while being outrebounded by a -7.7 margin.
SACRED HEART SERIES...
This will be the first ever meeting between Maine and Sacred Heart, who competes in the Northeast Conference. Maine is 21-7 all-time again Northeast Conference member schools with its most wins coming over Central Conn. State (12-5). Maine is 2-0 this season against teams from the NEC with a 75-65 win over Bryant on Nov. 16 and a 66-50 win at LIU-Brooklyn on Nov. 22.