UMaine women’s Wednesday capsule vs. New Hampshire

Posted Feb. 23, 2011, at 12:20 a.m.

 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

MAINE vs. NEW HAMPSHIRE

Time, site: Wednesday, 7 p.m., Lundholm Gymnasium, Durham, N.H.

Records: Maine 4-22 (2-12), New Hampshire 8-18 (5-9)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 46-26, New Hampshire 67-47 on 1/26/11

Key players: Maine — 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (10.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.8 apg), 5-11 G Amber Smith (10.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, .821 FT pct.), 5-9 G Katelyn Vanderhoff (8.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.0 spg), 5-10 G Tanna Ross (7.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg), 5-7 G Brittany Williams (3.0 ppg, 1.7 apg, 1.2 spg), 6-2 F Samantha Baranowski (3.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg); UNH — 5-11 F Denise Beliveau (13.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.3 spg, .821 FT pct.), 6-0 G Cari Reed (10.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, .381 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-3 C Jill McDonald (9.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.4 bpg), 5-6 G Kelsey Hogan (8.3 ppg, 4.1 apg, .429 3-pt. FG pct.), 5-7 G Lauren Wells (7.0 ppg, 1.5 apg)

Outlook: The last-place Black Bears will try to put together back-to-back victories for the first time this season. UMaine is coming off a solid performance in Sunday’s 65-56 home victory over Vermont. UNH has lost two straight and last played Feb. 17, a 58-47 loss, also to Vermont. The Wildcats are battling for sixth place in the AE standings. The Bears got burned by Reed’s 3-point shooting in the first meeting, so perimeter defense — and the ever-present need to limit turnovers — are the main keys. UMaine must get some points out of its post players or score often in transition to take the pressure off the shooting guards. Holding the dangerous Beliveau in check is another point of emphasis.

 

 

 

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