Preview: UMaine women’s basketball hosts Troy in Dead River Co. Classic

Posted Nov. 24, 2011, at 6:37 p.m.

MAINE vs. TROY

Time, site: Friday, 6 p.m., Alfond Arena, Orono

Records: Maine 1-2, Troy 0-3

Series, last meeting: first meeting

Key players: Maine — 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (13.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg), 5-7 G Brittany Williams (12.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, .542 FG pct.), 5-6 G Courtney Anderson (6.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.0 apg, .400 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-2 C Corinne Wellington (5.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg), 6-1 F Shareka Maner (4.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.0 spg), 5-1 G Amber Dillon (4.0 ppg, 1.0 spg); Troy — 5-9 G DeAngela Sword (14.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.0 apg), 5-8 G Sarah McAppion (11.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg), 6-0 F Tenia Manuel (9.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.0 bpg), 5-10 G Ieva Nagy (8.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg), 5-9 G Sophie Kleeman (7.0, 3.0 rpg, 2.3 apg)

Outlook: The Black Bears continue their quest for improvement as they play their first games of the season at Alfond Arena. UMaine is in the early stages of finding playing time for its newcomers while trying to establish some chemistry and consistency. The Trojans were picked to finish sixth in the Sunbelt Conference East Division. Troy is coming off Tuesday’s 56-53 loss to NAIA member Belhaven. The Trojans have three Australians on their roster. UMaine dropped a 65-53 decision to Bryant on Saturday at Memorial Gym. In today’s 4 p.m. tournament opener, Ivy League member Brown takes on Evansville of the Missouri Valley Conference.

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