ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine women's basketball team (10-11, 4-4 AE) dips into the second half of the America East season when it looks to take the season series from UMBC on Saturday at 1 PM.
A LOOK AT THE BLACK BEARS...
The Black Bears look to breakout of a two-game losing slump after suffering a heartbreaking, last-second loss against New Hampshire by a score of 74-73 on Wednesday evening. Liz Wood paced Maine last time out with 18 points while Sophie Weckstrom added 13. Ashleigh Roberts was also in double-figures with 12 while Sigi Koizar added seven point and a team-high seven rebounds.
Roberts leads the Black Bear offense as she sits third in the league in scoring at 13.8 points per game. Roberts is also chipping in 5.5 rebounds and ranks third in the conference in field goal percentage (52.2-percent). Sophomore Liz Wood, coming off back-to-back double-figure scoring efforts, is adding 12.1 points and leads the team in rebounding (6.1), steals (1.7) and blocks (0.4). Wood, who is shooting 42.0-percent from the floor, ranks 11th in the league in rebounding. Sophomore shooter Lauren Bodine, who entered the week ninth in the nation in 3-point shooting, currently leads America East from beyond the arc at 47.9-percent. Bodine is averaging 8.6 points and a league-leading 2.5 three-point field goals made per game. Sigi Koizar provides a boost off the bench for Maine in several categories. Koizar is averaging 5.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists all while shooting 46.3-percent from the floor.
The Black Bears rank third in the league in scoring at 65.2 points per game and are giving up 67.2 per. Maine leads the league in 3-point shooting (34.3), rank second in field goal percentage (43.9) and sit fourth from the free throw line (69.3). Maine averages 33.9 rebounds per game while leading the league in assists (17.0) and has the greatest assist/turnover ratio in the conference (1.0). The Black Bears are averaging a league-high 7.5 three-point field goals per game.
The Retrievers enter the weekend on a seven game losing skid after most recently dropping a 65-39 decision at Albany. UMBC last picked up a victory on Jan. 4 when it defeated Binghamton 47-32 and are currently winless (0-8) on the road this season. Sara Tarbert leads the Retriever offense as she ranks fifth in the league in scoring at 12.8 points per game. Tarbert also leads the team in rebounding (6.9), seventh best in the league. A three-time rookie of the week, freshman Taylor McCarley is chipping in 9.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Sophomore center Bridget O'Donnell leads the league in blocks (1.8) while averaging 6.4 points and 5.0 rebounds. Emily Russo leads the team in assists at 3.4 per game and is adding 5.4 points and 3.8 rebounds while shooting 32.1-percent from 3-point range.
The Retrievers are eighth in the league in scoring at 49.5 points per game while giving up 63.9, a difference of -14.4 scoring marging. UMBC is shooting 65.4-percent from the free throw stripe, 38.6-percent from the floor and 25.1-percent from beyond the arc. The Retrievers defend the three the worst in the league, giving up 32.3-percent of three-pointers taken against them, a key stat as Maine enters the game leading the league in three-point shooting. UMBC also struggles on the boards, ranking last in that category (32.3), but lead the league in blocks (3.1).
Tonight's contest marks the 22nd meeting in the history between Maine and UMBC with the Retrievers holding a slight 11-10 advantage. Prior to this season's meeting, UMBC had won the last five meetings. Maine took the most recent meeting 68-39 back on Jan. 8. In the game, Ashleigh Roberts scored her 1000th career point while Liz Wood led all scorers with 17 points. Maine knocked down nine first half three-pointers and turned the ball over a season low seven times. Maine and UMBC first met on Jan. 24, 2004 in which the Black Bears defeated UMBC 60-45. Maine won the first five meetings between the two teams.