April 21, 2018
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Preview: UMaine basketball teams vs. Hartford

By Pete Warner, BDN Staff

Men’s Basketball


Time, site: 7 p.m. Thursday, Memorial Gym, Orono

Records: Maine 8-8 (2-3 America East), Hartford 3-14 (3-2)

Series, last meeting: Hartford leads 30-27, Hartford 66-63 on 3/7/11

Key players: Maine — 6-3 G Gerald McLemore (19.6 ppg, .460 FG pct., .919 FT pct.), 6-3 G Justin Edwards (15.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.8 spg), 6-7 F Alasdair Fraser (12.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.3 bpg, .536 FG pct.), 6-0 G Raheem Singleton (8.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.4 apg, .848 FT pct.), 6-9 F Mike Allison (7.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.9 bpg, .558 FG pct.), 5-9 G Andrew Rogers (4.2 ppg, 4.3 apg, 1.2 spg); Hartford — 5-10 G Andres Torres (12.3 ppg, 3.9 apg, 1.6 spg), 6-0 G Wes Cole (10.6 ppg, .365 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-6 F Nate Sikma (9.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg), 6-6 F Mark Nwakamma (7.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, .506 FG pct.), 6-2 G Yolonzo Moore (5.9 ppg)

Outlook: The Black Bears return to “The Pit” anxious to snap a three-game losing streak. Their opponent is the Hawks, who ousted UMaine from the AE tourney in the quarterfinals last season. UMaine dropped a 79-64 decision Monday at Vermont, while Hartford has won two in a row coming off Tuesday’s 74-57 win over UMBC. The Hawks are counting heavily on a handful of newcomers this season. The difference in this one may be which team controls the paint. The Bears need to rebound more efficiently and keep Fraser out of foul trouble. Sikma is the son of former NBA All-Star Jack Sikma.

Women’s Basketball


Time, site: 7 p.m. Thursday, Chase Arena, West Hartford, Conn.

Records: Maine 4-14 (1-4 America East), Hartford 10-9 (1-4)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 37-31, Hartford 62-49 on 2/8/11

Key players: Maine — 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (8.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg), 6-3 F Samantha Baranowski (7.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, .509 FG pct.), 5-7 G Brittany Williams (7.9 ppg, .780 FT pct.), 5-10 G/F Becca Knight (4.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg), 6-1 F Danielle Walczak (4.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg), 5-6 G Courtney Anderson (5.8 ppg, 2.8 apg); Hartford — 5-11 F Ruthanne Doherty (12.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg), 5-6 G Daphne Elliott (10.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.1 spg), 6-1 F Nikkia Smith (9.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, .844 FT pct.), 5-9 G Amber Bepko (5.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg), 5-9 G Alyssa Englert (3.1 ppg, 2.9 apg)

Outlook: The Black Bears hope to carry a bit of momentum and confidence into this game after ending an 11-game losing streak with Monday’s 70-60 win over Vermont. The Hawks are off to an uncharacteristically slow start. Hartford lost 71-59 Tuesday to UMBC and has dropped five of its last six. The Hawks continue to be a solid defensive team and likely will go after the Bears with full-court pressure and aggressive defense all over the floor. UMaine’s ability to take care of the ball remains its biggest challenge. UMaine may opt to play more matchup zone against a Hartford squad that does not feature many sharpshooters. The Bears’ last win over the Hawks came Feb. 19, 2005.

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