ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine women's basketball team (7-8, 1-1 AE) looks for its second-straight league win as it travels to take on Binghamton (4-11, 1-1) in America East league play on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 2 PM.
A LOOK AT THE BLACK BEARS...
Maine enters the contest fresh off a comfortable 68-39 victory over UMBC on Wednesday evening. In the game, senior Ashleigh Roberts tallied her 1,000th career point, finishing the night with 12 points and seven rebounds. Liz Wood led all scorers with 17 points while Lauren Bodine added eight. Maine knocked down 12 three-pointers in the game, including nine in the first half. The 12 total three-pointer field goals were just two shy of tying the all-time single game record. Maine also handed out 24 assists with only seven turnovers. The win was Maine's largest over a conference opponent since a 79-45 victory over Albany on Feb. 26, 2003.
The Black Bears are led by senior guard Ashleigh Roberts. Roberts, who knocked down the 1,000th point of her career last time out, is averaging a team-high 13.1 points, shooting 51.1% from the floor, while grabbing 5.8 rebounds per game. Roberts ranks fourth in the league in scoring, 14th in rebounding and third in shooting percentage. Sophomore Liz Wood, who has scored in double-figures in 12 of Maine's first 15 games, is averaging 12.7 points and leads the Black Bears in rebounding (6.7) and assists (3.5). Wood is fifth in the league in scoring, tenth in rebounding and fourth in assists. Maine has been very consistent from beyond the arc this season, led by sophomore Lauren Bodine. Bodine, who is averaging 8.1 points, leds the league in three-point shooting (45.2) and three-point field goals made per game (2.4) Bodine ranks 14th in the nation in three-point FG shooting. Maine is also receiving solid bench play throughout its roster, beginning with the play of freshman Sigi Koizar. Koizar is chipping in 5.4 points and ranks second on the team in assists (2.5) and fourth in rebounding (3.3).
As a team, Maine ranks fourth in the league in scoring at 64.1 points while giving up 67.3. The Black Bears are second in the league in field goal percentage (43.2), tops in three-point FG percentage (34.3) and seventh from the free throw line (67.6). Maine leads the league in assists (16.5) and is tops in assist/turnover ratio (0.9) while pulling down 35.1 rebounds.
The Bearcats enter the weekend 4-11 and winners of three of their last four including a most recent 65-64 victory over new America East member UMass Lowell. The lone loss in Binghamton's last four games was a 47-32 decision at UMBC. Binghamton will be playing its first game at home since hosting Princeton on Dec. 11. Sherae Swinson paces the Bearcat attacked as she leads the team in scoring (11.7) and rebounding (5.3). Vaneeshia Paulk is chipping in 7.7 points and 3.1 rebounds while Morgan Murphy adds 6.6 points and 3.9 rebounds while shooting a team-high 40.4% from the field. Stephanie Jensen leads the team in assists at 2.5 while averaging 6.3 points.
The Bearcats are averaging 50.1 points while giving up 63.2. Binghamton is second-worst in the league with three-point defense (36.3%) while Maine leads the league in three-point shooting. Binghamton is shooting 34.6% from the floor, 28.8% from three-point land and 68.7% from the free throw stripe. The Bearcats average 32.9 rebounds per game, 9.5 assists and 15.5 turnovers.
Maine and Binghamton will be meeting for the 25th time in history with the series knotted at 12 wins apiece. The teams have split the last four meetings with Maine taking the most recent contest, a 74-68 win at Binghamton. In that game, Liz Wood led the way with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Wood enters her third meeting with Binghamton averaging 21 points, 11 rebounds and four assists against the Bearcats. Maine won the inaugural meeting between the two teams in overtime, 63-62, on Jan. 3, 2002.