UMaine basketball Wednesday capsules

Posted Jan. 04, 2011, at 7:54 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

MAINE vs. HARTFORD

Time, site: Wednesday, 7 p.m., Alfond Arena, Orono

Records: Maine 7-6 (1-0 America East), Hartford 3-10 (0-0)

Series, last meeting: Hartford leads 28-26, Maine 66-52 on 2/21/10

Key players: Maine — 6-3 G Terrance Mitchell (11.7 ppg, .529 FG pct., .528 3-pt. FG pct), 6-7 F Troy Barnies (11.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.2 spg), 6-3 G Gerald McLemore (10.4 ppg), 6-7 F Murphy Burnatowski (10.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.1 spg), 6-1 G Raheem Singleton (8.6 ppg, 3.8 apg, .429 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-7 F Alasdair Fraser (6.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, .581 FG pct.); Hartford — 6-8 F Morgan Sabia (15.6 pg, 7.5 rpg, 1.2 spg), 6-0 G Joe Zeglinski (14.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.5 apg), 6-5 G/F Milton Burton (12.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.2 spg), 6-9 F/C Genesis Maciel (6.5 ppg), 6-6 F Anthony Minor (6.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg,1.5 spg)

Outlook: With only one league game under its belt, UMaine can’t overlook Hartford. The Black Bears are coming off Sunday’s 67-52 victory over Boston University and hope to continue refining their chemistry. The Hawks on Monday snapped a five-game skid with an 82-74 win over St. Francis (N.Y.). Hartford is 0-8 on the road, but is sparked by a trio of productive seniors in Sabia, Zeglinski and Burton. Despite shooting only 28 percent from 3-point range, the Hawks love to throw up the long shot (a league-high 28.2 attempts per game). UMaine hopes to hold AE’s worst shooting team (.372) in check with its stout defense and continue its effective rebounding. The Bears lead the league in field-goal-percentage defense (.398), assists (14.0) and blocked shots (4.2).

Women’s Basketball

MAINE vs. HARTFORD

Time, site: Wednesday, 7 p.m., Chase Arena, West Hartford, Conn.

Records: Maine 2-11 (0-1 America East), Hartford 4-10 (1-0)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 37-19, Hartford 59-32 on 2/10/10

Key players: Maine — 5-11 G Amanda Smith (11.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.4 spg), 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (9.2 ppg, 2.1 apg, 1.0 spg), 5-9 G Katelyn Vanderhoff (8.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.0 spg, .405 3-pt. FG pct.), 5-11 F Tanna Ross (7.4 ppg, 2.5 apg), 6-2 F Corinne Wellington (6.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg); Hartford — 5-6 G Daphne Eilliott (9.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.8 spg, .391 3-pt. FG pct.), 5-11 G Mary Silvia (9.0 ppg), 5-7 G Alex Hall (8.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg), 5-9 G Ilicia Mathis (7.2 ppg, .429 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-1 F Nikkia Smith (6.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg)

Outlook: The Black Bears have no time to dwell on Sunday’s 78-40 thrashing at the hands of Boston University. UMaine must regroup and be ready to execute as it takes on perennial title contender Hartford. The Bears continue to experience prolonged offensive lapses, many fueled by their propensity for turning the ball over. The guard-oriented Hawks will bring plenty of ball pressure, so UMaine has to be able to handle the ball cleanly and make sound passes. Keys will include getting the ball into the low post and earning some trips to the foul line, and limiting Hartford’s transition chances. The Bears are still without junior forward Samantha Wheeler (postconcussion symptoms). Hartford has won two straight, including  Sunday’s 62-49 AE victory over Vermont.

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