Women's Basketball Returns Home, Closes out Non-Conference Slate with Yale
ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine women's basketball team (6-7) returns home and looks for its second-straight home victory when it hosts Yale (5-7) in a Black Bear men and women's double-header.
A LOOK AT THE BLACK BEARS...
The University of Maine women return home after dropping a pair of games on the road and look to win their second-straight home contest. Senior guard Ashleigh Roberts, who stands just 30 points away from 1,000 in her career, leads the Black Bears in scoring at 12.8 points per game. Roberts also leads the team in shooting at 49.6-percent while bringing down 5.5 rebounds. Sophomore Liz Wood is also tallying double-figures in scoring at 11.5 points while leading Maine in rebounding (7.1), assists (3.7) and 1.7 steals. Redshirt senior guard Cherrish Wallace, who just joined the Black Bears last time out against Green Bay, recorded eight points and seven rebounds in her first action since she was at Baylor in 2008-09. Wallace played 11 games at Baylor before fracturing her leg. Lauren Bodine is chipping in 7.8 points and leads the Black Bears beyond the arc with 28 three-pointers and a 44.4-percent average from three-point range. Current America East Rookie of the Week Sigi Koizar is averaging 5.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
As a unit, Maine is averaging 62.2 points per game while giving up 68.1. The Black Bears are shooting 42.0-percent from the floor, 32.8-percent from three-point land and 69.3-percent from the free throw line. Maine ranks second in the America East in field goal shooting, first in three-point percentage and lead the league with 7.2 three-pointers per game. Maine brings down 34.9 rebounds per game and lead the league in assists at 15.5.
The Bulldogs enter the weekend 3-7 in their last 10 and most recently dropped a 79-63 decision at Kansas. Yale boasts wins over Monmouth, UMass-Lowell, Boston Univ., Bryant and Saint Peter's. The Bulldogs are led by junior guard Sarah Halejian who is averaging 15.1 points and 3.4 rebounds to go along with a team-high 3.2 assists. Janna Graf, who scored her 1,000th career point in Yale's last game, is averaging 10.4 points and 4.3 rebounds. Graf leads the team in field goal percentage (43.9) and three-point shooting (44.0). Meredith Boardman leads the squad in rebounding at 7.0 while chipping in 6.1 points. Yale averages 65.7 points per game while shooting 36.8-percent from the floor. The Bulldogs bring down 39.8 rebounds and 9.0 steals.
This will be the second all-time meeting between Maine and Yale who last met in 2003. In that game, the Black Bears defeated Yale 92-62 in a game played in Portland, Maine. The 92 points are the most Maine has scored since that game in 2003. Maine is 27-15 all-time against Ivy League members including a 60-59 win over Brown earlier this year.