MAINE vs. PENN STATE
Time, site: Sunday, noon, Jordan Center, University Park, Pa.
Records: Maine 1-7, Penn State 8-2
Series, last meeting: 1st meeting
Key players: Maine — 5-11 G Amber Smith (12.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg), 5-9 G Katelyn Vanderhoff (7.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.0 spg), 5-7 G Brittany Williams (3.4 ppg, 1.8 apg), 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (6.8 ppg, 3.0 apg), 6-2 F Corinne Wellington (5.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg), 5-11 G/F Tanna Ross (7.0 ppg); Penn State — 5-7 G Alex Bentley (15.9 ppg, 6.3 apg, 2.4 spg), 5-9 G Maggie Lucas (16.5 ppg, 1.6 spg, .966 FT pct.), 5-8 G Zhaque Gray (11.7 ppg, .547 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-2 F Mia Nickson (11.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg), 6-2 G/F Julia Trogele (10.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.0 spg)
Outlook: The Black Bears will have their collective hands full trying to contain the Lady Lions of the Big East Conference. UMaine dropped a 69-48 decision at the University of Pennsylvania on Friday night, while Penn State is coming off Wednesday's 95-65 win over Army. The Lady Lions have five players averaging double figures and have racked up 87.1 ppg. Penn State is shooting 47 percent from the field, including 47 percent on 3-pointers, and 74 percent from the foul line. The Bears likely will encounter a quick pace in this one, thus must concentrate on getting back in transition and keeping turnovers to a minimum. Penn State, which participated in UMaine's Dead River Co. Classic in 2009, owns a victory over Hartford of America East. UMaine is still without junior forward Samantha Wheeler, who is dealing with the aftereffects of a head injury suffered during practice.
MAINE vs. NORFOLK STATE
Time, site: Sunday, noon, Memorial Gym, Orono
Records: Maine 3-6, Norfolk State 1-6
Series, last meeting: Norfolk State leads 2-1, Norfolk State 72-71 on 11/16/09
Key players: Maine — 6-7 F Troy Barnies (10.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg), 6-3 G Gerald McLemore (10.3 ppg), 6-1 G Rahim Singleton (9.9 ppg, 3.1 apg, .438 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-7 F Murphy Burnatowski (9.4 ppg, .452 FG pct.), 6-3 G Terrance Mitchell (7.8 ppg), 6-7 F Alasdair Fraser (7.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg); Norfolk State — 6-4 G/F Rob Hampton (16.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.3 apg), 6-10 F Kyle O'Quinn (16.0 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 3.0 bpg, .489 FG pct.), 6-1 G Aleek Pauline (8.4 ppg, 4.4 apg), 6-6 G Pendarvis Williams (6.0 ppg), 6-7 F Marcos Tamares (6.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
Outlook: The Black Bears hope to feed off the uniqueness of playing in "The Pit" against the Spartans. UMaine gave itself a nice boost of collective confidence with Wednesday's win at Massachusetts during which its bench players, including Andrew Rogers, Malachi Peay and Mike Allison, provided outstanding contributions. Norfolk State is mired in a five-game losing streak. The Spartans were the preseason picks to win the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, which includes recent UMaine opponent Delaware State. They're coming off an 89-81 league loss Dec. 4 at North Carolina A&T. The Bears will have to contend with a post force in O'Quinn, who is averaging a double-double. The Spartans beat the Bears last season on an O'Quinn shot with five seconds left.