UMaine women’s basketball capsule

Posted Jan. 25, 2011, at 9:50 p.m.

MAINE vs. NEW HAMPSHIRE

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

Records: Maine 3-16 (1-6 America East), New Hampshire 5-14 (2-5)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 46-25, New Hampshire 65-50 on 3/4/10

Key players: Maine — 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (10.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg), 5-11 G Amber Smith (10.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.3 spg, .804 FT pct.), 5-9 G Katelyn Vanderhoff (8.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.2 apg, 2.1 spg), 5-11 G Tanna Ross (7.3 ppg, 3.3 4rpg), 6-4 C Ali Nalivaika (5.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.3 bpg); New Hampshire — 5-11 F Denise Beliveau (13.7 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.0 apg, .392 3-pt. FG pct., .824 FT pct.), 6-0 G Cari Reed (10.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, .385 3-pt. FG pct., .792 FT pct.), 6-3 C Jill McDonald (9.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.5 bpg), 5-6 G Kelsey Hogan (8.0 ppg, 4.1 apg, .409 3-pt. FG pct., .853 FT pct.), 5-7 G Lauren Wells (7.2 ppg, .805 FT pct.)

Outlook: The Black Bears look to get back into the win column against their longtime rivals. The Wildcats beat the Bears in last year’s play-in game at the America East tournament. UMaine, which has lost four in a row, continues to search for consistency as it tries to work around its persistent turnover woes. The Bears are coming off Sunday’s disappointing 73-70 loss to Stony Brook. New Hampshire lost 69-51 Sunday at UMBC, but won its previous two contests against SBU and Vermont. UMaine’s defense will be challenged by a Wildcats squad that in league play leads AE teams in FT pct. (.725) and is second in 3-pt. FG pct. (.342). UNH has four players shooting over 38 percent from long range.

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