ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine women's basketball team (9-9, 3-2 America East) looks to return to its winning ways as it travels to take on new America East member UMass Lowell (2-15, 1-5 AE) on Thursday evening at 7 PM. The meeting will be the first ever contest between the two schools and Maine's fourth game this season against a never before played opponent.
A LOOK AT THE BLACK BEARS...
Maine enters play winners of three of its last four after dropping a most recent contest at the current top team in the America East Albany by a score of 84-56. In a game the Black Bears only trailed by four at the half, Ashleigh Roberts scored a game-high 22 points, moving her into 16th all-time in scoring at Maine.
Roberts paces a Maine offense which ranks third in the league in scoring at 65.2 point per game. Individually, Roberts is third in the league in scoring at 13.9 points per game while pulling down a 15th best 5.7 rebounds per game. The senior guard ranks third in the league with a 52.0-percent shooting mark from the field and has tallied double-figure scoring in each of her last five games. Sophomore Liz Wood is chipping in 12.1 points per game, good for eighth best in the league, while pulling down a ninth best 6.4 rebounds. Wood leads the Black Bears in steals (1.8) and is handing out 3.2 assists (7th best in the league). Wallace, who has played in five games for the Black Bears, is averaging 9.4 points and a team-high 5.0 assists. Bodine has been Maine's most consistent deep-threat as she is hitting a league-leading 45.7-percent of her three-pointers and a league best 2.5 three-point field goals per game. Anna Heise has provided Maine a great effort in the post off the bench as she is chipping in 5.4 points and 2.8 rebounds while freshman Sigi Koizar is Maine's push off the bench at the point. Koizar is averaging 4.9 points and 3.4 rebounds while dishing out 2.6 assists.
Maine ranks third in the league in scoring at 65.2 points per game while limiting its opponents to 67.1 (seventh best). The Black Bears rank second in the league in field goal percentage (43.5), first in three-point percentage (34.8) and fifth in free throw shooting (69.0). Maine averages 34.4 rebounds and 7.0 steals while leading the league in assists at 16.7.
SCOUTING UMASS LOWELL...
The River Hawks enter the contest at 2-15 and riding a three-game losing skid after dropping an 80-76 contest to Hartford on Jan. 20. UMass Lowell began the year on a 12-game losing skid before picking up its first Division-I victory at UMBC on Jan. 11. Junior guard Shannon Samuels leads the River Hawk offense as she is averaging 12.6 points and a team-high 3.8 assists while pulling down 3.3 rebounds. Fellow junior Jasmine McRoy is chipping in 11.6 points with 5.6 rebounds. Lindsey Doucette is averaging 9.8 points while leading the team in both rebounding (6.8) and field goal percentage (42.0). Freshman Nicole Hayner is adding 8.1 points while sophomore Melissa Frase is averaging 7.1 points.
The River Hawks average 64.3 points but rank last in the league in scoring defense as they are giving up 83.6 points per game. UMass Lowell ranks last in field goal percentage defense as opponent's are shooting 46.5-percent against them. The River Hawks shoot 34.0-percent from the field, 22.8-percent from beyond the arc and 67.5-percent from the free throw line. UMass Lowell is fifth in the league in rebounding at 36.5 and leads the league in both blocks (3.2) and steals (10.9).
UMASS LOWELL SERIES...
This will be the first ever meeting between Maine and UMass Lowell as the River Hawks are newest member to the America East after moving up from the Division-II ranks.