Preview: UMaine women’s and men’s basketball vs. Albany

Posted Jan. 13, 2012, at 8:42 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

MAINE vs. ALBANY

Time, site: 7 p.m. Saturday, SEFCU Arena, Albany, N.Y.

Records: Maine 8-6 (2-1 America East), Albany 11-7 (3-1)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 11-9, Albany 81-77 (OT) on 2/27/11

Key players: Maine — 6-3 G Gerald McLemore (20.5 ppg, .419 3-pt. FG pct., .909 FT pct.), 6-3 G Justin Edwards (15.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.9 spg, .494 FG pct.), 6-7 F Alasdair Fraser (14.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.3 bpg, .552 FG pct.), 6-0 G Raheem Singleton (8.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.5 apg), 6-9 F Mike Allison (5.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.0 bpg), 5-9 G Andrew Rogers (4.2 ppg, 4.7 apg, 1.4 spg); Albany — 6-4 G Gerardo Suero (22.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.2 spg, .494 FG pct., .815 FT pct.), 6-3 G Logan Aronhalt (16.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, .909 FT pct.), 6-0 G Mike Black (13.1 ppg, 4.4 apg), 6-8 F Luke Devlin (6.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg), 6-9 C Blake Metcalf (4.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.1 bpg, .686 FG pct.)

Outlook: The Bears hope to bounce back after Wednesday’s 77-68 loss to Boston University as they continue a stretch of four games in nine days. UMaine’s defense will again be tested. The Great Danes have won four of five, including Wednesday’s 83-63 verdict over New Hampshire. Albany ranks second behind UMaine in AE scoring (74.6 ppg) and FG pct. (.454) and is the top FT shooting team (.757). UMaine must limit fouls, keep Albany off the foul line and keep a hand in the face of 3-point shooters.

Women’s Basketball

MAINE vs. ALBANY

Time, site: 2 p.m. Saturday, Alfond Arena, Orono

Records: Maine 3-13 (0-3 America East), Albany 10-7 (4-0)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 16-7, Albany 66-60 on 2/26/11

Key players: Maine — 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (8.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg), 6-3 F Samantha Baranowski (7.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg), 5-7 G Brittany Williams (7.9 ppg, 1.6 apg), 6-1 F Danielle Walczak (4.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg), 5-6 G Courtney Anderson (5.4 ppg, 2.8 apg); Albany — 5-10 G/F Ebone Henry (14.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.6 spg), 5-7 G Cassandra Callaway (11.4 ppg, 3.0 apg), 6-0 F Julie Forster (9.1 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 2.3 spg, 1.1 bpg), 5-6 G Lindsey Lowrie (6.6 ppg), 5-7 G Adrienne Jones (5.1 ppg)

Outlook: The Black Bears will try to snap a 10-game losing streak when they face the surging Great Danes. UMaine mustered a season-low in points in Wednesday’s 75-34 loss at Boston University. The Bears face an Albany squad that has allowed an AE-low 53.4 ppg on 38 percent shooting. UMaine ranks eighth in AE scoring (53.7 ppg), which has been hampered by 21.5 turnovers per ballgame. That could be an issue against Albany, which has averaged 11.2 steals while causing 20-plus turnovers. On a positive note, UMaine has rebounded well (plus-1.5). It will need to against the Great Danes, who use their quickness to get frequent offensive rebounds. The Bears are expected to be without senior Sam Wheeler, junior Amber Smith and freshman Becca Knight of Alfred due to injury or illness.

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