Preview: UMaine men’s, women’s basketball vs. New Hampshire

Posted Feb. 21, 2012, at 6:50 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

MAINE vs. NEW HAMPSHIRE

Time, site: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Alfond Arena, Orono

Records: Maine 11-15 (5-9 America East), UNH 12-14 (6-8)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 114-56, Maine 80-69 on 1/25/12

Key players: Maine — 6-3 G Gerald McLemore (17.4 ppg, .405 3-pt. FG pct., .915 FT pct.), 6-3 G Justin Edwards (14.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.5 spg), 6-7 F Alasdair Fraser (13.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg, .535 FG pct., 1.5 bpg), 6-0 G Raheem Singleton (8.0 ppg, 3.4 apg), 6-9 F Mike Allison (7.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.2 bpg, .537 FG pct.), 5-9 G Andrew Rogers (3.4 ppg, 3.5 apg, 1.0 spg); UNH — 6-2 G Alvin Abreu (13.5 ppg, .402 FG pct.), 6-4 G Chandler Rhoads (11.5 ppg, 2.7 apg), 6-6 F Patrick Konan (10.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg, .386 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-6 F Ferg Myrick (8.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg), 6-9 F Brian Benson (7.6 ppg, 8.5 rpg, .506 FG pct.)

Outlook: The Bears look to halt a five-game skid on Seniors Night as McLemore, Singleton and Rogers play their final home game. UMaine, coming off Saturday’s 77-71 loss to Marist, is destined to finish seventh unless the Bears win their last two games and UNH drops its final two. Boston U. is UMaine’s likely quarterfinal opponent. The Wildcats are riding a four-game win streak that includes victories over BU and Albany and Saturday’s 72-58 win over Towson. UNH is among the worst shooting teams in AE play, but has utilized the 3-pointer and good perimeter defense to overcome that dynamic. The Bears need a solid defensive effort and must win the rebounding battle and avoid turnovers.

Women’s Basketball

MAINE vs. NEW HAMPSHIRE

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

Records: Maine 6-21 (4-11 America East), UNH 14-12 (7-7)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 42-27, UNH won 66-50 on Jan. 25

Key players: Maine — 6-3 F Sam Baranowski (9.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, .497 FG pct.), 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (7.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg), 5-7 G Brittany Williams (7.8 ppg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 spg), 5-6 G Courtney Anderson (4.8 ppg, 3.0 apg), 5-10 G/F Becca Knight (5.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.5 apg), 6-1 F Danielle Walczak (5.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg); UNH — 6-1 F Morgan Frame (16.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg, .439 FG pct.), 5-10 G/F Denise Beliveau (13.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.2 spg, .386 3-pt. FG pct., .851 FT pct.), 5-6 G Kelsey Hogan (10.2 ppg, 2.7 apg, .432 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-0 G Cari Reed (8.3 ppg), 5-8 G Abigail LaRosa (4.0 ppg, 2.4 apg)

Outlook: There is plenty of motivation here as the Bears are headed for the AE play-in game unless they win their last two and Vermont loses to UMBC. UMaine has dropped five straight, including Saturday’s 72-54 loss at Vermont. The Wildcats, who won 63-46 Saturday at Stony Brook, are battling UMBC for fourth place. UMaine was able to limit Waterville native Frame to seven points in the first meeting, but Beliveau went off for 24 points, including three 3-pointers. The Bears have to keep their turnovers in check and balance the need to double down on Frame with being able to prevent open 3-point shots.

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