Preview: University of Maine women’s and men’s basketball vs. New Hampshire

Posted Jan. 24, 2012, at 9:23 p.m.

Women’s Basketball


Time, site: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Memorial Gym, Orono

Records: Maine 5-15 (2-5 America East), UNH 10-9 (3-4)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 46-27, UNH 57-40 on 2/24/11

Key players: Maine — 6-3 F Samantha Baranowski (8.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, .523 FG pct.), 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (8.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg), 5-7 G Brittany Williams (7.7 ppg, .739 FT pct.), 5-10 G/F Becca Knight (4.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg), 6-1 F Danielle Walczak (4.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg), 5-6 G Courtney Anderson (5.3 ppg, 2.9 apg); UNH — 6-1 C Morgan Frame (16.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg), 5-11 F Denise Beliveau (13.7 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.4 spg, .857 FT pct.), 5-6 G Kelsey Hogan (10.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.5 apg, .466 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-0 G Cari Reed (8.6 ppg, .373 3-pt. FG pct.), 5-8 G Abigail LaRosa (4.6 ppg, 2.3 apg)

Outlook: The Black Bears look to keep the positive momentum going as they face their longtime rivals. UMaine has won two of its last three, including Saturday’s 54-41 victory at Stony Brook. The Wildcats haven’t been statistically impressive, but they’ve been competitive. UNH has dropped two in a row, the last loss coming Sunday in a 64-55 setback to Binghamton. The Wildcats have a couple of tough matchups in Waterville native Frame, the anchor in the post, and the versatile Beliveau, who can play inside or outside. UMaine needs to contain Frame without giving up open shots on the perimeter. As always, the ability to limit turnovers will help determine the Bears’ fortunes.

Men’s Basketball


Time, site: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Lundholm Gym, Durham, N.H.

Records: Maine 8-10 (2-5 America East), UNH 7-11 (2-5)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 113-56, Maine 70-53 on 2/23/11

Key players: Maine — 6-3 G Gerald McLemore (17.7 ppg, .395 3-pt. FG pct., .919 FT pct.), 6-3 G Justin Edwards (15.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.7 spg), 6-7 F Alasdair Fraser (12.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.2 bpg, .541 FG pct.), 6-0 G Raheem Singleton (8.2 ppg, 3.3 apg, .860 FT pct.), 6-7 F Kilian Cato (5.2 ppg), 5-9 G Andrew Rogers (3.9 ppg, 4.1 apg, 1.1 spg); UNH — 6-2 G Alvin Abreu (13.4 ppg), 6-4 G Chandler Rhoads (11.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.2 apg), 6-6 F Patrick Konan (10.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, .426 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-9 F Brian Benson (7.2 ppg, 8.8 ppg, .500 FG pct.), 6-6 F Ferg Myrick (7.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg), Jordon Bronner (6.8 ppg, 3.0 apg, .694 FT pct.)

Outlook: The Black Bears are eager to end a five-game losing streak. UMaine has not meshed well offensively of late and may also be without junior forward Mike Allison, who injured his right leg in Saturday’s 58-52 loss to Stony Brook. That means depth problems are magnified in the post where Alasdair Fraser is the only consistent presence. The Wildcats, who are 5-4 at home this season, are coming off a 64-49 win Sunday at Binghamton. UNH also has encountered its share of offensive struggles, but may find some openings on the perimeter if UMaine employs its 3-2 matchup zone.

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