Preview: Maine women’s basketball vs. Duquesne

Posted Dec. 19, 2011, at 8:46 p.m.

MAINE vs. DUQUESNE

Gator Holiday Classic

Time, site: 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Gainesville, Fla.

Records: Maine 3-7, Duquesne 9-1

Series, last meeting: first meeting

Key players: Maine — Soph. G Ashleigh Roberts (8.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg), Sr. G Brittany Williams (7.7 ppg, 1.9 apg), Fresh. G Courtney Anderson (6.3 ppg, 2.5 apg), Sr. F Samantha Wheeler (7.3 ppg, 5 rpg), Jr. F Corinne Wellington (5.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg), Sr. F Samantha Baranowski (6.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg); Duquesne — Sr. G Alex Gensler (16.4 ppg, 3.2 apg), Soph. F Wumi Agunbiade (15.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg), Soph. G/F Orsi Szecsi (10.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.9 apg), Sr. G Vanessa Abel (9.4 ppg, 4.7 apg), Jr. F Carly Vendemia (7.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg), Jr. G Jocelyn Floyd (6.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.0 ap)

Outlook: Maine, of the America East, will have to play its best basketball to knock off Duquesne, of the Atlantic 10, as these are two teams heading in opposite directions. Maine has dropped four straight games while Duquesne has won seven straight. Duquesne, which made it to the third round of last season’s WNIT, returns four of its top five scorers and was selected to finish third in the 14-team Atlantic 10 Conference. Maine is 1-2 against the Atlantic 10 Conference with a win over Rhode Island and losses to George Washington and Massachusetts. Duquesne has outscored its opponents 77.3-62.2 while shooting 44 percent from the floor and 32 percent from 3-point range.

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