UMaine basketball capsules vs. Boston University

Posted Jan. 31, 2011, at 8:51 p.m.

Women’s Basketball

MAINE vs. BOSTON UNIVERSITY

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

Records: Maine 3-18 (1-8 America East), Boston University 12-9 (9-0)

Series, last meeting: BU leads 41-25, BU 78-40 on 1/2/11

Key players: Maine — 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (10.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.0 apg), 5-11 G Amber Smith (10.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.3 spg, .804 FT pct.), 5-9 G Katelyn Vanderhoff (8.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.2 apg, 2.0 spg), 5-11 G Tanna Ross (7.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg), 6-4 C Ali Nalivaika (5.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.0 bpg), 5-7 G Brittany Williams (2.6 ppg, 1.6 apg, 1.2 spg); BU — 5-8 G Chantell Alford (14.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.9 spg, .418 3-pt. FG pct., .766 FT pct.), 5-9 G Alex Young (13.2 ppg, 1.2 spg, .373 3-pt. FG pct., .796 FT pct.), 5-7 G Mo Moran (10.0 ppg, 4.3 apg, 1.9 spg), 6-2 F Kerry Cashman (7.8 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.6 bpg, .527 FG pct.), 6-0 F Caroline Stewart (7.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg)

Outlook: UMaine looks to halt a six-game losing streak as it faces the league-leading Terriers. Boston U., the coaches’ preseason pick to win the title, has won nine in a row. That includes the blowout win over the Bears last month in Boston. The Bears hope to erase the memory of Saturday’s 70-43 loss at Binghamton and will need the utmost defensive focus to contain the Terriers. In league play, BU leads all teams averaging a league-high 67.2 ppg while shooting .427 from the field and .388 on 3-pointers. Conversely, UMaine has managed only 50.3 ppg on .320 FG shooting while giving up an AE-high 68.7 ppg. The Bears have been plagued by significant defensive lapses during the second half of games. They also continue to struggle with turnovers, committing 19.2 per contest.

Men’s Basketball

MAINE vs. BOSTON UNIVERSITY

Time, site: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Case Gym, Boston

Records: Maine 14-7 (8-1 America East), Boston U. 10-13 (5-4)

Series, last meeting: BU leads 55-40, Maine 65-52 on 1/2/11

Key players: Maine — 6-7 F Troy Barnies (14.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg, .531 FG pct.), 6-3 G Gerald McLemore (12.7 ppg, .381 3-pt. FG pct., .842 FT pct.), 6-3 G Terrance Mitchell (9.8 ppg, .429 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-1 G Raheem Singleton (9.1 ppg, 4.2 apg, 1.0 spg), 6-7 G/F Murphy Burnatowski (7.7 ppg), 6-7 F Alasdair Fraser (5.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, .547 FG pct.); BU — 6-5 G/F John Holland (18.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.5 spg, .843 FT pct.), 6-6 F Darryl Partin (13.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.1 spg), 6-0 G D.J. Irving (7.4 ppg, 3.9 apg, 1.1 spg, .884 FT pct.), 5-10 G Matt Griffin (6.2 ppg, 1.4 apg, .451 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-7 F Dom Morris (5.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg)

Outlook: The Black Bears go after their eighth consecutive victory in another tough road venue. UMaine is coming off Saturday’s 77-74 win at Binghamton, where it trailed by 22 points in the first half but came all the way back. The Bears are 139th in the most recent Rating Percentage Index, up from 157 last week. BU last played Saturday, losing 60-48 at New Hampshire. The Terriers are 7-2 at home this season, 4-0 in AE play. UMaine must be cohesive on defense and limit offensive rebounds against a BU squad that features the dynamic Holland. The Bears continue to lead the league in scoring (70.2 ppg) because of their unselfishness and balance. UMaine also may need to battle road fatigue, since it has been away since leaving for Binghamton last Friday.

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