Women's Basketball Hosts UMass Lowell Wednesday on Senior Night

Women's Basketball Hosts UMass Lowell Wednesday on Senior Night

Women's Basketball Hosts UMass Lowell Wednesday on Senior Night

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ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine women's basketball team (14-13, 8-6 America East) looks to snap a two-game losing streak when it hosts UMass Lowell (5-21, 4-11 America East) on Senior Night! Fans are also invited to "Come on Down!" as Wednesday night is Game Show night!

The Black Bears will look to snap their current two-game losing skid after dropping a 73-65 decision at Stony Brook on Saturday, Feb. 22. Maine, who trailed by as many as 16 at Stony Brook, battled all the way back to take a three-point lead before falling in the end. The Black Bears were led by Ashleigh Roberts' 22 points effort while Sophie Weckstrom hit four 3-pointers for 12 points and Liz Wood matched a career-high with 13 rebounds.
Offensively the Black Bears are led by senior Ashleigh Roberts who ranks sixth in the league in scoring at 13.3 points per game, 18th in rebounding (5.4) and third in field goal percentage (49.3). Liz Wood is Maine's swiss army knife as she contributes to the Black Bears' success in all facets of the game. Wood ranks ninth in the league in scoring (12.0), ninth in rebounding (6.4), sixth in steals (2.0) tenth in defensive rebounding (4.2) while also dishing out 2.9 assists. Cherrish Wallace is averaging 7.9 points while leading the squad at 3.6 assist. Lauren Bodine continues to lead the league in 3-point percentage (43.1) and is tied for the lead in 3-pointers made (2.2).
Maine ranks fourth in the league in scoring, averaging 64.7 points per game. The Black Bears continue to be one of the hottest shooting teams in the league as they rank first in 3-point shooting (33.9), second in field goal percentage (42.8) and fifth from the free throw line (70.2). Maine is tops in the league in assists (16.5) and in 3-point field goals made (7.6).

The River Hawks enter Wednesday evening on a three-game losing streak after most recently falling 78-71 at New Hampshire. Shannon Samuels leads a UMass Lowell offense which ranks third in the league in scoring (64.9) but are giving up a league-high 79.9 points per game. Samuels ranks third in America East in scoring at 14.6 points per game, third in assists (3.7) and second in steals at 2.3. Lindsey Doucette is averaging 11.0 points per game (14th best) while sitting third in rebounding (7.9), tenth in field goal shooting (43.2), and fourth in steals (2.2). As a unit, the River Hawks ranks fourth in free throwing shooting (70.5), eighth in field goal percentage (34.9) and last in 3-point shooting (24.5). UMass Lowell averages 35.5 rebounds per game and lead the league in blocks at 2.9, while ranking third in assists with 13.8.

This will be the second ever meeting between Maine and UMass Lowell as the River Hawks are newest member to the America East after moving up from the Division-II ranks. In the inaugural meeting between Maine and UMass Lowell, the Black Bears picked up a 75-66 road victory. Lauren Bodine knocked down six of Maine's nine 3-pointers in the last meeting as she tallied a game high 20 points. Cherrish Wallace added a double-double of 18 points and 11 assists while Ashleigh Roberts added 18 points and eight rebounds.

The Black Bears are officially locked into the 4/5 game in the America East tounrnament where they will meet Hartford. This is officially the highest seeding the Black Bears have earned in the tournament since being the #1 overall seed in 2005. This will also be the first year in which Maine has not played in the low-seed contest or the play-in game since it was a #6 seed in 2007.

Looking towards all-time conference marks, Maine currently ranks three 3-point field goals out of fourth place all-time for 3-pointers made in a season (206) while its 601 attempts are just nine shy of fourth all-time (609). UMBC currently holds the all-time 3-pointers made in a season mark at 223 in 2007-08 and also took 660 3-point attempts, highest ever in the conference, that same year.


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