Women's Basketball Returns to Cross Insurance Center for Two-Game Homestand

Women's Basketball Returns to Cross Insurance Center for Two-Game Homestand

Women's Basketball Returns to Cross Insurance Center for Two-Game Homestand

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ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine women's basketball team looks for its fifth win in six games when its hosts Stony Brook in the first of two-straight home games on Sunday at noon at Cross Insurance Center.

Maine, who has compiled 10 wins for the first time since the 2006-07 season, will look for its fifth America East league victory after defeating new league member UMass Lowell 75-66 on Thursday evening. Lauren Bodine led the way at UMass Lowell with six three-pointers and 20 total points while Cherrish Wallaice added her second career double-double on a career-high 18 points and 11 assists while Ashleigh Roberts added 18 points.
The Black Bears are led by Roberts who is averaging 14.1 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting a team-high 52.4-percent from the floor. Roberts, who has tallied double-figure scoring in six-straight contests, stands just 31 points away from moving into 15th all-time in scoring at Maine (Melissa Heon-1,102 pts). Sophomore Liz Wood is chipping in 11.6 points and team-highs in rebounding (6.2) and steals (1.7). Cherrish Wallace develops the offense for the Black Bears as she leads the team with 6.0 assists while tallying 10.8 points and bringing down 3.2 rebounds. Lauren Bodine, who stands just 22 three-pointers away from breaking the single-season mark (70), is averaging 9.4 points. Bodine leads the league in three-point field goal percentage (48.0%) and three-pointers made per game (2.7).

Maine ranks third in the league in scoring at 65.7 points per game while limiting its opponents to 67.0. The Black Bears rank second in the league in field goal percentage (44.0), first in three-point percentage (35.4) and fifth in free throw shooting (69.4). Maine averages 34.5 rebounds and 7.2 steals while leading the league in assists at 17.1.

The Seawolves enter the matchup winners of four in a row with their lone America East loss being a 71-68 overtime defeat at New Hampshire. Stony Brook, coming off an 83-49 rout of Vermont, is led by a trio of double-figure scorers starting with junior Sabre Proctor. Proctor, averaging a team-high 15.8 points, also leads the squad in field goal percentage (49.5%) while bringing down 6.8 rebounds and swiping 1.2 steals. Senior Chikilra Goodman is adding 12.1 points and leads the Seawolves in rebounding (7.3), assists (3.4) and steals (2.7). Sophomore forward Brittany Snow, coming off a game-high 17 points at Vermont, is averaging 10.5 points to go along with 5.2 rebounds.

Stony Brook is averaging 66.4 points per game while giving up 60.7 points. The Seawolves shoot 38.8-percent from the floor, 26.4-percent from three-point range and 73.3-percent from the free throw stripe. Stony Brook leads the league in rebounding at 40.6 per game, outrebounding its competition by +7.9, while handing out 10.8 assists per game.

Sunday's contest marks the 29th meeting in the history between Maine and Stony Brook. The Seawolves hold the all-time series advantage 15-13. Maine has won four out of the past five meetings, including a 49-43 win in the opening round of the America East tournament in 2012. Maine comes into the match-up with a two-game home winning streak in the series. The Black Bears took the most recent meeting, a 56-53 win at Stony Brook, on Feb. 23, 2013. Stony Brook won the first ever meeting in the series by a score of 68-57 on Jan. 11, 2001. Ashleigh Roberts has faced Stony Brook eight times and is averaging 9.5 points and 6.0 rebounds while Liz Wood is averaging 12.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in two meetings.

THE 1000/500 CLUB...
Senior Ashleigh Roberts is closing in on an elusive group as she is looking to become the newest member of the 1000 point, 500 rebound club at Maine. Roberts currently stands just 17 rebounds shy of the club. If she reaches the mark, Roberts would be just the 13th Black Bear to ever do so and the first since Bracey Barker in 2006-07. Here's a breakdown of the group:
Cindy Blodgett - 3,005 pts/629 rebounds
Rachel Bouchard - 2,405/1299
Jamie Cassidy - 2,380/983
Liz Coffin - 2,153/1,351
Heather Ernest - 1,804/1,040
Emily Ellis - 1,637/623
Lauree Gott - 1,387/781
Stephanie Guidi - 1,295/607
Tracey Frenette - 1,194/638
Heather Briggs - 1,176/663
Bracey Barker - 1,166/555
Stacey Porrini - 1,128/929

Lauren Bodine has hit 49 three-pointers so far this season. Bodine is currently 22 three-point field goals away from besting Kristen McCormick's season mark of 70 set in 1998-99.

Maine picked up its 10th victory of the season on Jan. 23 at UMass Lowell. Maine has now hit double-digit wins for the first time since picking up 13 victories in 2006-07.

On Jan. 14, the Black Bears defeated Vermont 92-62. It was the first time Maine recorded 90+ points since defeating Yale by the same score (92-62) on Jan. 11, 2003. The Black Bears are 72-0 when scoring 90 or more points in a game.

In Maine's win over Vermont on Jan. 14, Cherrish Wallace dished out 10 assists. The 10 assists were the most by a Black Bear since Kristin Baker recorded nine vs. Delaware on Dec.8, 2009. Wallace tallied 11 assists in Maine's win over UMass Lowell (1/23).

With a three-pointer in the second half against UMBC on Jan. 8, Ashleigh Roberts tallied her 1,000th career point as a Black Bear. Roberts became just the 17th player to ever eclipse the 1,000 point plateau and the first since Bracey Barker and Ashley Underwood did so in the same game in 2006-07. On Jan. 18, Roberts tallied 22 points at Albany to move her into 16th all-time in scoring at Maine. Roberts currently stands 30 points away from matching Melissa Heon (1,102 - 2004) for 15th all-time at Maine.

Maine has hit 148 total three-pointers so far this season. Maine's all-time record for most three-point field goal makes in a single year is 173 which it accomplished in the 2003-04 season. Maine has currently attempted 418 three-pointers with the record for three-point attempts being 560 set just a season ago.

On Dec. 15 at Northeastern, the Black Bears attempted 32 three-point field goals. The 32 attempts bested the record for most attempts in a single game. The old record of 31 was set vs. Vermont on Feb. 10, 1999. Maine again attempted 32 three-pointers in its game at home against UMBC (1/8).

For the third year in a row, Coach Barron has issued a challenge to the Black Bear community: Raise $10,000 for the Play4Kay initiative and he will shave his head following the University of Maine women's basketball team's annual 'Play4Kay' game on Feb. 9 against Binghamton at 2 PM. To donate, please visit http://www.play4kay.org/maineblackbears


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