Women's Basketball Travels to Hartford for Wednesday Matinee
ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine women's basketball team (13-11, 7-4 America East) will look for its fourth-straight win as it travels to Hartford (9-14, 6-4 AE) for a 12 PM tip as part of the #AEHoops Showcase broadcast on CollegeInsider.com. A win for Maine would be its first in Hartford since a 56-51 win on Feb. 19, 2004. The Black Bears will also be looking for its first four-game win streak since stringing together four-straight back in 2006.
A LOOK AT THE BLACK BEARS...
The Black Bears, currently riding a four-game win streak, enter the matchup after defeating Binghamton 65-53 on Sunday afternoon. Sophie Weckstrom paced Maine's offense with a career-high 16 points on 6-for-8 shooting while Liz Wood chipped in 13 points, six rebounds and three assists. A win for Maine will give it its largest overall win total since winning 20 games in 2004-05. A victory will also give Maine eight league wins, its most since 16 America East victories in 2004-05.
Ashleigh Roberts, who stands nine points away from moving into 14th all-time at Maine and just two rebounds from 500 in her career, leads the Black Bears offense with 13.2 points to go along with 5.3 rebounds. Roberts is shooting 50.6-percent from the floor, third best in the league, while ranking fourth in scoring and tied for 19th in rebounding. Sophomore Liz Wood is chipping in 12.5 points and leads the team in rebounding (6.1), steals (1.8) and blocks (0.5). Wood ranks 11th in rebounding and seventh in scoring. Lauren Bodine leads the league in 3-point percentage (44.5) and 3-point field goals made per game (2.3) while her 53 total 3-pointers is just 17 away from matching the single season mark (70). Cherrish Wallace is adding 7.4 points and 4.4 assists while Sophie Weckstrom is averaging 5.7 points and a 35.2-percent mark from 3-point range.
Maine ranks second in the league in scoring (65.2) and is giving up the same amount per game. Maine ranks fourth in free-throw shooting (70.2), second in field goal percentage (43.7) and tops in the league in three-point percentage (34.5). Maine, who is hitting a league-high 7.7 3-pointers per game, also lead the league in assists at 16.9.
The Hawks enter Wednesday winners of five of their last six but most recently dropped a 90-68 decision at Albany. Junior forward Cherelle Moore leads Hartford in scoring (9.8) and rebounding, sitting ninth in the league at 6.1 rebounds per game. Deanna Mayza is averaging 8.6 points and leads the team in assists at 2.8. Alyssa Englert is chipping in 5.3 points while shooting team-highs from the floor (44.8) and the free throw line (81.8). Amber Bepko is adding 9.6 points and 3.7 rebounds with a 35.8-percent mark from 3-point range, third best in the league. Hartford ranks seventh in the league in scoring (57.2) while giving up a fourth worst 63.8 point per game. The Hawks are fifth in the league in free throw shooting (69.3), sixth in field goal percentage (37.3) and second in 3-point shooting (32.0). Hartford averages 33.5 rebounds per game and 12.3 assists.
Maine and Hartford will be meeting for the 64th time in history with Maine holding a 37-26 advantage in the series. Maine's last win against the Hawks came on Feb. 19, 2005; a 56-51 win at Hartford. Hartford currently has an 18-game win streak over the Black Bears. Last time out, the Black Bears led by six at the half but were outscored 14-4 in overtime, dropping the contest 66-56 back on Dec. 11. Maine had three scorers in double-figures led by Liz Wood's 12 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Mikaela Gustafsson added 12 point and seven rebounds while Ashleigh Roberts added 11 points. The Black Bears took the first ever meeting between the two programs by a score of 71-53 on Jan. 13, 1986.