ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine women's basketball team looks for its fifth America East victory of the season in the 78th meeting with New Hampshire on Wednesday evening.
A LOOK AT THE BLACK BEARS...
The Black Bears look to return to their winning ways after coming off a 65-49 loss to Stony Brook on Sunday afternoon. Liz Wood led all scorers against the Seawolves with 15 points after going 7-for-7 from the free throw stripe.
Maine, in search of its fifth America East victory for the first time since 2006-07, is led by senior Ashleigh Roberts. Roberts, who is just 15 rebounds away from joining the 1000 point/500 rebound club, is averaging 13.8 points and 5.6 rebounds while shooting a team-high 51.5-percent from the floor. Roberts ranks third in the league in scoring, 16th in rebounding and third in field goal percentage. Sophomore Liz Wood is adding 11.8 points and leads the team in rebounding (6.2), steals (1.7) and blocks (0.4). Wood's scoring mark is 11th best in the league while she currently sits ninth in league rebounding. Cherrish Wallace works the offense at the point for Maine as she leads the squad with 5.1 assists while averaging 9.3 points. Lauren Bodine is chipping in 8.9 points while leading the league in three-point field goal percentage (46.7) and three-point field goals made per game (2.6).
Maine ranks third in the league in scoring at 64.8 points per game while limiting its opponents to 66.9. The Black Bears rank second in the league in field goal percentage (43.3), first in three-point percentage (34.5) and fourth in free throw shooting (70.4). Maine averages 34.3 rebounds and 7.1 steals while leading the league in assists at 16.8.
SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE...
The Wildcats enter this evening winners of five of their last six after most recently defeating UMass Lowell 75-68. New Hampshire, playing its third-straight road game and the fifth in its last six, is led by junior Corinne Coia. Coia is averaging 12.2 points to go along with 6.1 rebounds. Coia sits eighth in the league in scoring and hits the offensive boards hard, ranking sixth best at 2.7 offensive rebounds per game. Senior guard Kelsey Hogan ranks 10th in the league in scoring (11.9) and leads the Wildcats with 2.8 assists. Hogan holds an 81.6-percent mark from the free throw line while shooting 33.3-percent from beyond the arc. Sophomore Elizabeth Belanger leads the Wildcats in rebounding at 7.1 per game while chipping in 8.7 points. Belanger's rebounding mark is sixth best in the league.
New Hampshire ranks sixth in the league in scoring at 58.3 points per game while its defense is second best, giving up 57.8 points per game. The Wildcats rank second in the league in free throw shooting (71.9), third in the league in field goal percentage (39.3) and seventh in three-point shooting (26.9). The Wildcats rank fourth in the league in rebounding (37.7) and lead the league in defensive rebounding (27.6).
NEW HAMPSHIRE SERIES...
Maine and New Hampshire will be meeting tonight for the 78th time in history with Maine holding a 46-31 advantage in the all-time series. The Black Bears played their first ever game in their 50 year history against New Hampshire. This game took place in 1920 and was won by New Hampshire, 15-13. New Hampshire has won the last seven meetings including an 86-63 decision in Maine's season finale a year ago. Maine's last win in the series came on Feb. 16, 2010 when it defeated New Hampshire by a score of 69-61 in Orono.