Women's Basketball Opens 2014 at Green Bay
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The University of Maine women's basketball team (6-6) looks to start off 2014 with a win and avenge its previous loss to Green Bay (6-5) as the two meet for the second time this season on New Years Day.
A LOOK AT THE BLACK BEARS...
Maine (6-6) goes for its second win in three games and looks to split the season series with Green Bay. The Black Bears are coming off a tough 76-75 loss at Sacred Heart on Dec. 29. Lauren Bodine paced Maine at Sacred Heart as she matched a career-high with 24 points after hitting six three-pointers. Sigi Koizar, the current America East Rookie of the Week, added 12 points off the bench while Anna Heise tallied her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Maine is led by a pair of double-figure scorers in Ashleigh Roberts and Liz Wood. Roberts leads the way with 13.5 points and 5.7 rebounds while shooting a team-high 49.6% from the field, fourth highest in the league. Roberts currently ranks tied for fourth in the league in scoring. Wood is adding 11.8 points and ranks third in the America East in rebounding at 7.4 per game. Wood also leads the Black Bears in assists (3.9) and steals (1.8) and ranks in the top 10 in the league in all four categories listed. Wood, who had tallied double-figure scoring efforts in each of her last eight games, was held under double-figures at Sacred Heart. Lauren Bodine is adding 7.9 points and has hit a team-high 26 three-pointers, including six in Maine's previous game. Bodine's 2.4 three-pointers per game and 46.4% from beyond the arc are both league highs. Freshman Sigi Koizar earned America East Rookie of the Week honors with 12 points and seven rebounds at Sacred Heart. Koizar is averaging 5.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
The Black Bears are averaging 63.2 points per game while shooting 42.4% (2nd in the league) from the floor, 33.8% from beyond the arc (1st in the league) and 70.2% (4th in the league) from the free throw line. Maine is averaging 34.7 rebounds and 7.1 steals while leading the league in assists (15.9). Maine leads the league in three-pointers made (7.4).
SCOUTING GREEN BAY...
After capping a five game win streak with a 66-49 decision over maine, the Phoenix have dropped four straight contests. Most recently, Green Bay dropped a 65-61 overtime decision at Wisconsin. Green Bay is led individually by Kaili Lukan who is averaging 10.5 points and 4.3 assists. Breannah Ranger is adding 10.2 points and leads the team in rebounding (7.2) and field goal percentage (44.7). Tesha Buck is knocking down 30.9% of her shots beyond the arc (21-for-68) while averaging 9.8 points and a team high 4.0 assists and 2.2 steals. As a team, the Phoenix are averaging 65.4 points while holding the opposition to 56.1. They are shooting 39.0% from the floor, 30.9% from three-point range and 67.9% from the free throw line while pulling down 35.4 rebounds. Green Bay is averaging 13.7 turnovers and holds a +6.6 turnover margin.
GREEN BAY SERIES...
Maine and Green Bay will be meeting for the fourth time, and the second time this season. Earlier this year, Green Bay defeated Maine 66-49 in the championship of the Black Bear Thanksgiving Classic. In that game, Liz Wood tallied her first double-double of the year with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Ashleigh Roberts added 13 points. Green Bay won the first ever meeting between the two teams, 58-57 in 1991 while the Black Bears took the second contest, 76-73, in 2003.