UMaine women’s basketball capsule vs. Central Connecticut

Posted Nov. 10, 2011, at 9:19 p.m.

Women’s basketball

MAINE vs. CENTRAL CONNECTICUT

Time, site: Friday, 7 p.m.,

Records (2011-12): Maine 4-25, Central Connecticut 19-11

Series, last meeting: CCSU 62-57 on 11/23/10

Key players: Maine — 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (10.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, .727 FT pct.), 6-3 C Corinne Wellington (5.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg), 5-7 G Brittany Williams (3.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.2 spg), 6-2 F Samantha Baranowski (3.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg), 6-1 F Shareka Maner (1.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg); CCSU — 5-8 G Jessica Babe (4.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.4 spg), 6-3 C Kirsten Daamen (3.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg, .531 FG pct.), 6-2 F Lauren Arbogast (1.9 ppg, 1.5 rpg), 6-1 G/F Brooke Bailey (1.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg), 6-0 F Jameilia Dillon (1.7 ppg)

Outlook: The Black Bears open the Richard Barron era against the Blue Devils. UMaine is making a return after CCSU visited Orono for last year’s opener. UMaine actually has the experience edge in this one, but will get its first test in running its new offensive sets and playing pressure defense. The Bears are likely to work a handful of guards into the rotation, including freshmen Kelsey Mattice and Amber Dillon. The Blue Devils graduated their top five starters, who combined to average more than 45 points and 31 rebounds off a team that lost in the Northeast Conference semifinals. CCSU was 10-2 at home last season.

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