ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine women's basketball team (9-8, 3-1 AE) looks to push its winning streak to four-straight as it travels to face the defending America East Champion Albany Great Danes (13-3, 3-0 AE) on Saturday afternoon at 2 PM.
A LOOK AT THE BLACK BEARS...
Maine enters play riding a three-game winning streak and will look to make it four for the first time since the 2004-05 season. The Black Bears are off to their best conference start since beginning the 2003-04 conference season 15-0.
Maine boasts three double-figure scorers led by senior guard Ashleigh Roberts. Roberts is averaging 13.4 points to go along with 5.9 rebounds while shooting a team-leading 51.6 percent from the floor. Roberts ranks third in the league ins coring, 13th in rebounding and third in field goal percentage. Roberts has tallied double-figure scoring efforts in her last four games. Sophomore Liz Wood is chipping in 12.6 points while leading the team in rebounding (6.6), steals (1.9) and blocks (0.5). Wood ranks sixth in the league in scoring, ninth in rebounding and fifth in both assists (3.4) and steals. Newcomer Cherrish Wallace has wasted no time getting involved in the offense. Wallace is tallying 10.0 points and leads the Black Bears with 5.2 assists. Sophomore Lauren Bodine has proven to be a serious threat from beyond the arc. Bodine, averaging 8.8 points per game, leads the league in three-point field goals made per game (2.5) and is second in the league in three-point field goal percentage (45.5).
Maine ranks second in the league in points per game (65.7) while giving up 66.1. Maine leads the league in team three-point field goal percentage (34.6), ranks second in field goal percentage (43.7) and sit fifth in free throw percentage (69.1). The Black Bears lead the league in assists (16.9) and average 35.0 rebounds and 7.1 steals.
The Great Danes enter the weekend riding a four-game winning streak after defeating UMass Lowell 87-50 last time out. Shereesha Richards leads Albany as she has led the team in scoring in 14 of its 16 games. Richards, who has won a record-setting seven America East Player of the Week awards so far, leads the league in scoring at 23.4 points per game and also is tops in the league in rebounding at 11.0. Richards, who averages a double-double is shooting a league-high 63.6-percent from the floor. Sarah Royals is averaging 12.6 points and leads the league in assists at 5.1. Megan Craig controls the paint for the Great Danes as she averaged 11.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and a league-leading 1.5 blocks. Albany leads the leagune in scoring at 71.8 points per game while shooting a league-high 47.7-percent from the floor. Albany averages 32.6-percent from three-point range and 69.4-percent from the free throw stripe while pulling down 38.4 rebounds and swiping 9.3 steals.
Maine and Albany will be meeting for the 28th time with the Black Bears holding a 16-11 advantage in the series. Albany has won the last seven meetings including an 86-54 victory in the last meeting on Feb. 9, 2013 in Orono. Albany defeated Maine 71-39 in the most recent meeting in Albany. In six meetings with Albany, Ashleigh Roberts is averaging 9.3 points and 3.8 rebounds. Maine's last win against Albany came on Jan. 28, 2010; a 61-58 decision on the road. Maine won the first ever meeting between the two teams, an 88-58 win on Jan. 12, 2002. The Black Bears won the first 13 meetings in the series.