ORONO, Maine -- After picking up its 50th career victory over Vermont on Jan. 14, the University of Maine women's basketball team (11-11, 5-4 America East) looks for the season series sweep over the Catamounts (6-16, 3-6) on Wednesday evening at Patrick Gymnasium.
A LOOK AT THE BLACK BEARS...
Maine looks for its sixth conference victory and second-straight win after defeating UMBC 61-48 on Saturday afternoon. The Black Bears matched a school-record with 14 3-point field goals in the win, led by Liz Wood's jam-packed stat line of 15 points, eight rebounds, five steals and four assists. The win gave Maine its fifth conference win for the first time since 2006-07. Maine has hit 171 3-point field goals on the year, just two shy of tying the all-time record (173) set in 2003-04.
The Black Bears rank second in the league in scoring at 65.0 points per game led by senior guard Ashleigh Roberts. Roberts ranks fourth in the league in scoring (13.3), tied for 16th in rebounding (5.4) and third in field goal percentage (51.0). Roberts currently sits just six points from 15th all-time in Maine scoring history (1,102) and 10 rebounds from 500 in her career. Liz Wood, who has tallied double-figure scoring efforts in each of her last three games, is tied for seventh in scoring (12.2), ranks ninth in the league in rebounding (6.2), eighth in assists (3.1) and sixth in steals (1.8). Wood has scored in double-figures in 15 of Maine's 22 games. Lauren Bodine has proven to be Maine's biggest threat from 3-point land as she leads all of America East in 3-point percentage (45.5) and 3-point field goals made per game (2.4). Bodine is chipping in 8.4 points as is redshirt senior point guard Cherrish Wallace. Wallace leads the Black Bears with 4.9 assists to go along with 3.0 rebounds and a 1.4 assists to turnover ratio.
Maine is averaging 65.0 points while giving up 66.4 per contest. The Black Bears rank fourth in the league in free throw shooting percentage (69.1), second in field goal percentage (43.4) and tops in the America East from beyond the arc (34.3). Maine leads the league in assists at 17.1 while pulling down 34.3 rebounds. The Black Bears' 7.8 3-pointers made per game are at the top of the league.
Vermont enters Wednesday evening winners of one of its last five afte dropping its last two contest. The Catamounts most recently fell to the top team in America East, Albany, by a score of 69-52. A pair of Mainer's lead the Vermont offense as Kayla Burchill is tallying 10.9 points per game while Niki Taylor ranks 14th in the league at 10.2 per game. Taylor is second on the team with 6.0 rebounds while shooting a league-leading 88.0-percent from the free throw stripe. Kristina White is netting 9.5 points with a 37.8-percent mark from 3-point range. Jordan Eisler ranks tied for fifth in the league and tops on the Catamount squad in assists at 3.4 per game while also leading Vermont in steals (1.5) and chipping in 5.2 points per game. Kylie Butler's 6.1 average in rebounding leads Vermont and ranks 11th in the league.
Vermont is averaging 62.0 points per game (5th in the league) while giving up 71.6 (8th). The Catamounts are the third best free throw shooting team in the league (71.6) while hitting on 36.6-percent of their shots from the field and 31.7-percent from three-point land; second behind the Black Bears. Vermont sits third in the league in both rebounding (38.9) and steals (8.3) while tallying 13.1 assists.
Maine has matched up against Vermont more than any other school in its history as this will be the 84th meeting between the two teams. The Black Bears own the all-time series 50-33, after picking up their 50th win of the series in a 92-62 rout on Jan. 14 of this year. 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 shot 53.6-percent from the floor in the win and dished out 24 team assists. Liz Wood paced Maine with 22 points while Ashleigh Roberts added 16 and Chantel Charles chipped in 11. Cherrish Wallace recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and 10 assists. Wood enters the game averaging 20.3 points and 7.0 rebounds against the Catamounts while Roberts is chipping in 12.2 points in her career against Vermont. Maine has won four of the last six meetings but only four of the last 10. Prior to Maine's win in 2011, Vermont won 12 straight.