Maine vs. Maine Maritime Academy
Time, site: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Memorial Gym, Orono
Records: Maine 2-3, Maine Maritime 2-1
Series, last meeting: First meeting
Key players: Maine — 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (12.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg), 5-7 G Brittany Williams (11.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.6 spg), 5-6 Courtney Anderson (7.2 ppg, 2.8 apg, 1.2 spg, .500 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-2 C Corinne Wellington (7.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, .571 FG pct.), 6-1 F Shareka Maner (5.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.6 spg), 5-10 G/F Rebecca Knight (2.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.8 apg); MMA — 5-9 F Sam Goda (14.0 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 2.0 spg), 5-8 G Maggie Smith (13.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.7 spg), 5-9 G Alexis Bennett (10.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, .500 FG pct.), 5-9 G/F Casey Everest (7.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg), 5-8 F Andi Flannery (6.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg).
Outlook: The Black Bears are eager to get back into the win column after Saturday’s overtime loss to Brown in the title game of the Dead River Co. Classic. UMaine’s biggest hurdle has been turnovers, at 22.6 per game. The Mariners of the North Atlantic Conference step up for a big test against a Division I opponent. Coach Craig Dagan’s team is off to a good start and features a blend of experience and youth. Look for UMaine to pound the ball inside to capitalize on its height advantage with Wellington and 6-foot-3-inch Sam Baranowski against the smaller Mariners. MMA, which lost 80-68 Nov. 19 to Fitchburg State in the Curry tournament, may play zone and tempt the Bears to shoot from long range. UMaine likely will pressure the ball hard and try to get easy baskets in transition by capitalizing on its guard quickness and depth.