ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine women's basketball team looks for its third-straight America East victory when it hosts Binghamton on the annual Play4Kay day!
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.
Coach has also announced that if the $10,000 goal is reached prior to Sunday's game, he will dye his hair pink and coach the game with pink hair.
The Black Bears are looking for your help in raising money for the Play4Kay initiative with all donations going straight to the Kay Yow Foundation to support breast cancer research.
In two year's of participating in the Play4Kay event, Maine women's basketball has raised over $17,000. Help us reach our goal, donate today! To donate please visit, http://www.play4kay.org/maineblackbears
We thank you for all of your support!
A LOOK AT THE BLACK BEARS...
The Black Bears look for their third-straight win which, if they can pick up a victory today, would make it the third time this season in which Maine has put together a three-game win streak. Maine is coming off a pair of road wins after most recently defeating Vermont 69-52. Liz Wood and Ashleigh Roberts both paced Maine with 17 points each while the Black Bears shot 53-percent from the field as a whole.
Senior guard Ashleigh Roberts leads the Black Bears' offense as she is averaging 13.4 points. 5.3 rebounds and leads the Black Bears with a 50.9-percent mark from the floor. Roberts moved into 15th all-time in scoring at Maine with a 17 point effort at Vermont. For Roberts, it was her 17th time in double-figures this season and 64th of her career. Roberts ranks fourth in the league in scoring and third in field goal percentage. Sophomore Liz Wood is chipping in 12.4 points and 6.1 rebounds, good for seventh and 11th in the league, respectively. Wood ranks eighth in the league in assists at 3.0 per game. Lauren Bodine ranks eighth in the country and first in the league in 3-point percentage (44.4) and leagues America East in 3-point field goals per game (2.4.) Bodine, who is averaging 8.2 points per game, has hit 52 3-pointers so far this season. She is currently 19 three-point field goals away from besting Kristen McCormick's season mark of 70 set in 1998-99. Fifth-year senior Cherrish Wallace is adding 7.9 points and a team-high 4.4 assists.
Maine ranks second in the league in scoring (65.2) while giving up 65.7 points. The Black Bears are tops in the league in 3-point shooting (34.3), second in field goal percentage (43.8) and fourth in free throw shooting (69.6). Maine leads the league in assists per game (16.8) while averaging 33.8 rebounds and hitting a league-high 7.7 3-point field goals per game.
The Bearcats enter the weekend on an eight-game losing skid dating back to a 65-64 win at UMass Lowell on Jan. 7. Sherae Swinson leads the Binghamton offense as she is averaging 10.1 points and a team-high 5.2 rebounds. Sophomore Morgan Murphy is chipping in 8.3 points and 4.6 rebounds with a team-high 42.9-percent mark from the floor. Senior guard Stephanie Jensen moves the offense with a team-high 2.9 assists and 5.6 points while Vaneeshia Paulk is adding 8.0 points per game.
Binghamton ranks last in the league in points per game at 49.2 while giving up 63.3 (-14.1 margin). The Bearcats rank at the bottom of the conference in shooting percentage (34.0) while hitting at 27.1-percent from beyond the arc and 67.1-percent from the free throw stripe. The Bearcats average 33.2 rebounds and a league-low 9.3 assist.
Maine and Binghamton will be meeting for the 26th time in history with Maine holding a slight edge in the series, 13-12. The Black Bears have won the past two meetings, including a 61-54 win back on Jan. 11. In that game, Lauren Bodine led all scorers with 21 points while knocking down six 3-point field goals. Maine has won three of the past five meetings and last defeated Binghamton at home on Jan. 28, 2012; a 48-47 victory. In three games against Binghamton, Lauren Bodine is averaging 15.7 points while Liz Wood is averaging 14.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists Maine won the inaugural meeting between the two teams in overtime, 63-62, on Jan. 3, 2002.
With five 3-point field goals at Vermont, Maine has now hit 176 total three-pointers this season, breaking the all-time record for most three-point field goal makes in a single year (173) which it accomplished in the 2003-04 season. Maine has currently attempted 513 three-pointers with the record for three-point attempts being 560 set just a season ago.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES...
23 games into the 2013-14 season, Maine has already increased its win total +8 from a year ago. That figure is tied for first best in terms of total win turn around in the nation with St. Bonaventure.
ROBERTS 15th ALL-TIME IN SCORING...
With a 17-point effort last time out at Vermont, Ashleigh Roberts has now moved into 15th in all-time scoring (1113) at Maine. Roberts now stands just 16-points away from moving past Stacey Porrini's 14th place mark (1128) set in 1997.
RECORD 3-POINT NIGHT...
In a 61-48 win at UMBC on Feb. 1, the Black Bears matched a school-record with 14 team 3-point makes and broke the single game record for 3-pointers attempted with 41. Maine's 14 makes tied the record which was previous set vs. Vermont on Feb. 10, 1999. Maine's 41 makes snaps the old record of 32, which was set twice earlier this year (Dec. 15 at Northeastern & Jan. 8 vs. UMBC).
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 seven 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
CHASING THE INDIVIDUAL THREE-POINT MARK...
Lauren Bodine has hit 52 three-pointers so far this season. Bodine is currently 19 three-point field goals away from besting Kristen McCormick's season mark of 70 set in 1998-99.
NIGHT AND DAY DIFFERENCE...
Maine is 8-2 in night games this season. The Black Bears are just 4-9 in games played during the day. In league play, the Black Bears are 4-2 at night and 2-2 in the daytime.