June 18, 2018
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Wednesday’s UMaine basketball capsules


Women’s Basketball


Time, site: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Alfond Arena, Orono

Records: Maine 3-12 (1-2 America East), Albany 9-6 (2-0)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 16-5, Albany 62-57 on 2/27/10

Key players: Maine — 5-11 G Amber Smith (11.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.3 spg, .778 FT pct.), 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (10.1 ppg, 2.0 apg), 5-9 G Katelyn Vanderhoff (8.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.2 spg), 5-11 G/F Tanna Ross (7.3 ppg), 6-4 C Ali Nalivaika (3.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.9 bpg), 5-7 G Brittany Williams (2.6 ppg); Albany — 5-10 G/F Ebone Henry (12.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.8 apg, 2.6 spg), 5-4 G Felicia Johnson (11.5 ppg, 3.1 apg), 5-7 Cassandra Callaway (9.1 ppg, .857 FT pct.), 6-0 F Julie Forster (.473 FG pct., 8.9 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 1.1 bpg), 5-7 G Adrienne Jones (3.7 ppg)

Outlook: The Black Bears hope to build on Sunday’s win over UMBC with another home game. Albany has won two straight, including Saturday’s 46-43 victory at Hartford, the same team that beat UMaine 73-43 a week ago. The Bears will be challenged by a quick, guard-oriented Albany squad that is adept at creating turnovers. UMaine must take care of the ball well to keep an otherwise offensively challenged Great Danes team (52.7 ppg, .331 FG pct., .592 FT pct.) from scoring in transition and keep Albany off the offensive boards. The Bears may look to exploit Nalivaika’s height advantage, but will need to play some half-court ball to do so. Junior Samantha Wheeler remains sidelined by postconcussion symptoms. First-year coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson was an assistant at UMaine under Joanne Palombo-McCallie from 1992-94.

Men’s Basketball


Time, site: Wednesday, 7 p.m., Albany, N.Y.

Records: Maine 8-7 (2-1 America East), Albany 8-10 (1-2)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 10-8, Maine 66-53 on 2/24/10

Key players: Maine — 6-7 F Troy Barnies (12.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg, .536 FG pct.), 6-3 G Terrance Mitchell (11.4 ppg, .379 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-3 G Gerald McLemore (11.0 ppg), 6-7 F Murphy Burnatowski (9.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg), 6-7 F Alasdair Fraser (6.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, .576 FG pct.), 6-7 F Sean McNally (3.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg); Albany — 6-0 G Tim Ambrose (16.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.7 spg, .463 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-3 G Logan Aronhalt (16.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg), 6-0 G Mike Black (12.9 ppg, 2.2 apg), 6-8 F Luke Devlin (6.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg), 6-9 C Blake Metcalf (4.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, .563 FG pct.)

Outlook: The Bears are back on the road searching for another victory to stay among the league’s front-runners. UMaine is coming off Saturday’s 82-67 win at UMBC, while Albany dropped a 62-42 decision Sunday at Hartford. The Hawks have has lost two in a row and three of four. The Bears continue to be led by Barnies, who in AE games ranks second in scoring (19.0 ppg) and rebounding (9.0 rpg). Burnatowski, who suffered a split lip that required stitches and played only one minute Saturday, is expected to be available. In league games, UMaine leads the conference in scoring (68.7 ppg), FG pct. (.487), FT pct. (.783) and rebounding margin (plus-8.7). The Bears must work inside-out to capitalize on their offensive weapons. Albany has mustered only 49.7 ppg in AE action but is shooting 39 percent from 3-point range and has held opponents to 55.3 points and 35 percent floor shooting.

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