MAINE vs. STONY BROOK
America East First Round
Time, site: Thursday, 6:05 p.m., Chase Family Arena, West Hartford, Conn.
Records: Maine 4-24 (2-14 America East), Stony Brook 6-22 (3-13)
Series, last meeting: Stony Brook leads 13-10, Stony Brook 66-62 on 2/12/11
Key players: Maine — 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (10.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.8 apg), 5-11 G Amber Smith (10.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg), 5-9 G Katelyn Vanderhoff (8.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.1 spg), 5-11 G Tanna Ross (6.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg), 5-7 G Brittany Williams (3.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg), 6-3 F Samantha Baranowski (3.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg); Stony Brook — 5-10 F Kirsten Jeter (13.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 3.0 spg), 6-1 C Destiny Jacobs (8.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg), 5-7 G Sam Landers (9.0 ppg, 2.9 apg), 5-6 G Tamiel Murray (4.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.0 spg), 5-10 F Whitney Davis (4.5 ppg)
Outlook: Coach Cindy Blodgett’s Black Bears have nothing to lose after a dismal regular season. UMaine hasn’t won a postseason game since 2006 and has been seeded higher than eighth only once (6th in 2007) in that time. The Bears last won Feb. 20 against Vermont, but have dropped 12 of their last 13 games. Stony Brook has won the two games against UMaine by a combined seven points. The Seawolves are coming off Saturday’s 54-37 win over Binghamton, but had lost seven of their previous eight. The Bears’ prospects rest on defense, especially in transition, and their ability to take care of the ball. If UMaine can limit turnovers in the face of the Seawolves’ aggressive defense and execute crisply on offense, the Bears will be in the hunt. The Bears need to attack the rim to get to the foul line, but must keep Stony Brook off the offensive boards.