ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine women's basketball team (14-12, 8-5 America East) travels to take on Stony Brook (19-7, 10-3 AE) - a team it has met more than any other school in the past four years (11 contests), on Saturday at 2 PM. Maine enters the weekend winners of four of its last five after dropping a 58-56 decision to top-seeded Albany last Sunday.
A LOOK AT THE BLACK BEARS...
Maine, coming off a four-game win streak for the first time since 2006, looks to get back on the winning track after dropping a hard fought 58-56 decision to top-seeded Albany. Maine, who led at the half 31-30, battled the Great Danes down to the last second. Cherrish Wallace led Maine with 16 points and five assists while Liz Wood totaled 10 points, six rebounds and five steals. The Black Bears, looking to reach the 15-win plateau for the first time since 2005, are led by senior guard Ashleigh Roberts. Roberts ranks fifth in the league at 13.0 points per game while sitting 19th in the league with 5.3 rebounds per game. Roberts has proven to be one of the most proficient shooters in the league as her 49.6-percent field goal mark ranks third in America East. Liz Wood features a packed stat line as she ranks seventh in the league in scoring (12.4), 11th in rebounding (6.1), ninth in field goal percentage (43.5), 10th in assists (2.8), fifth in steals (2.0), tied for 10th in 3-point field goal makes (1.3) and 10th in offensive rebounding (2.2). Wood, who has totaled double-figure scoring in her last seven games, is averaging 14.4 points over her streak. Point guard Cherrish Wallace is chipping in 8.1 points after pouring in 16 in her last performance. Wallace leads the Black Bears with 3.9 assists while shooting 42.6-percent from the floor. Lauren Bodine continues to hit from outside as she leads the league in 3-point shooting (43.1) and 3-pointers made per game (2.2) while averaging 7.7 points. Sophie Weckstrom is chipping in 5.6 points and ranks seventh in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (33.7) while freshman Sigi Koizar is adding 4.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
Maine's 64.7 points per game rank fourth in the league while the Black Bears are giving up 64.6 points. Maine ranks second in field goal percentage (42.9), fourth in free throw shooting (70.8) and lead the league from beyond the arc (33.8). The Black Bears are tops in America East in assists (16.5), and rank fifth in steals (7.4) and sixth in rebounding (34.3). Maine's 7.5 3-pointers per game are tops in the league.
SCOUTING STONY BROOK...
The Seawolves enter the weekend winners of their last four after most recently picking up a road win against UMBC, 72-51. Stony Brook had four scorers total double-figures at UMBC, led by leading scorer Sabre Proctor's 20 points while Jessica Ogunnorin added 15. Proctor enters the contest ranked second in the league with 15.2 points per game and 14th in rebounding at 5.9. Proctor is shooting 48.8-percent from the floor, good for fourth best, and sixth in free throw shooting (76.7). Chikilra Goodman ranks ninth in the league in scoring and leads the Seawolves with a 7.6 rebounding mark, fourth best among league leaders. Brittany Snow is chipping in 9.5 points and 5.3 rebounds while Jessica Ogunnorin is adding 8.3 points and ranks tenth in blocks (0.6) and fifth in rebounding (6.9). Ogunnorin is tough on the offensive glass, ranking tied for third in the league with 3.0 offensive rebounds.
Stony Brook ranks second in the league in scoring at 66.0 points per game while limiting opponents to a third-best 59.7. The Seawolves lead the league off the glass, averaging 41.0 rebounds per game and are outrebounding their opponents by a +8.5 margin. Stony Brook ranks second in America East with 15.1 offensive rebounds per game. Stony Brook ranks fourth in shooting (39.5), seventh in 3-point shooting (27.4) and second in free throw shooting (72.8).
STONY BROOK SERIES...
Saturday's contest marks the 30th meeting in the history between Maine and Stony Brook. The Seawolves hold the all-time series advantage 16-13. Maine has won three of the past five meetings, including a 49-43 win in the opening round of the America East tournament in 2012. The Black Bears are just 1-7 in the last eight meetings at Stony Brook with their lone win coming on the road in 2012 (57-44). Prior to the 2012 victory on the road, Maine last won in Stony Brook on March 2, 2005. Maine's last overall win in the series took place on Jan. 26, 2013, a 67-51 win in Orono. Stony Brook won the first ever meeting in the series by a score of 68-57 on Jan. 11, 2001. Ashleigh Roberts will be meeting Stony Brook for the tenth time in her career as she is averaging 9.4 points and 5.6 rebounds in the series. Liz Woodenters the matchup averaging 13.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists in a trio of games with the Seawolves. Wood carries a three-game double-figure scoring streak against Stony Brook into the series.