May 23, 2018
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Men’s Basketball

ESPN Bracket Busters


Time, site: Saturday, 7 p.m., Times Union Center, Albany, N.Y.

Records: Maine 14-12, Siena 10-16

Series, last meeting: Siena leads 12-4, Siena 92-82 on 2/23/89

Key players: Maine — 6-7 F Troy Barnies (14.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg, .534 FG pct.), 6-3 G Gerald McLemore (13.5 ppg, .388 3-pt. FG pct., .859 FT pct.), 6-3 G Terrance Mitchell (9.5 ppg, .385 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-1 G Raheem Singleton (9.0 ppg, 4.0 apg), 6-7 F Murphy Burnatowski (6.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg), 6-7 F Alasdair Fraser (5.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, .554 FG pct.); Siena — 6-9 F Ryan Rossiter (18.8 ppg, 13.3 rpg, 1.1 bpg, .472 FG pct., .762 FT pct.), 6-4 G Clarence Jackson (14.4 ppg, .374 3-pt. FG pct.), 5-10 G Rakeem Brookins (8.8 ppg, 4.3 apg, 1.7 spg), 6-8 F O.D. Anosike (8.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg), 6-6 F Owen Wignot (5.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.1 spg, .392 3-pt. FG pct.)

Outlook: This game has taken on greater importance for UMaine as it tries to snap a five-game losing streak. The Bears continue to lack defensive cohesiveness coming off a lackluster performance in Wednesday’s loss to league-leading Vermont at Alfond Arena. The Saints of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference also need a boost of confidence. They have lost four straight, including Wednesday’s 65-57 setback to St. Peter’s. Siena, tied for sixth place in its league, has a dominating post presence in Rossiter. The Saints are averaging 67.8 ppg, but have given up 69.5 ppg while allowing opponents to shoot 43 percent from the field. Siena has lost to America East members Vermont and Albany, but beat Georgia Tech of the ACC.


Women’s Basketball


Time, site: Sunday, 1 p.m., Alfond Arena, Orono

Records: Maine 1-22 (1-12 America East), Vermont 5-22 (5-9)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 46-31, Vermont 57-48 on 1/20/11

Key players: Maine — 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (11.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.1 spg), 5-11 G Amber Smith (10.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.3 spg, .831 FT pct.), 5-9 G Katelyn Vanderhoff (7.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.9 spg), 5-11 G Tanna Ross (6.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg), 6-4 C Ali Nalivaika (4.7 ppg, 1.8 bpg), 5-7 G Brittany Williams (2.7 ppg); Vermont — 6-2 F/C Tonya Young (12.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, .487 FG pct.), 6-1 F/C Lauren Buschmann (9.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg), 6-0 G/F Lauren Wheeler (7.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg), 6-0 G Jasmine Cooper (4.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg), 5-10 G Kristine Lalonde (3.1 ppg, 3.4 apg, 1.1 spg)

Outlook: Mired in a 10-game losing skid, the Black Bears will play their final game in the hope of sending lone senior Ross out on a winning note. UMaine last won Jan. 9, over UMBC, at Alfond Arena. The Bears haven’t played since last Saturday’s 66-62 setback at Stony Brook. The Catamounts have demonstrated progress in recent weeks, winning three of their last five. Vermont beat New Hampshire 58-47 on Thursday. UVM, coached by former Colby College coach Lori Gear McBride, could finish as high as sixth. Turnovers continue to be the Achilles’ heel for UMaine, which has struggled defensively. The Bears will need to bottle up the middle and limit transition chances by the Catamounts, who have not shown a propensity for 3-point accuracy.



















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