Preview: UMaine women’s, men’s basketball vs. Stony Brook

Posted Feb. 24, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball

MAINE vs. STONY BROOK

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

Records: Maine 6-22 (3-12 America East), Stony Brook 4-24 (1-14)

Series, last meeting: SBU leads 14-11, UMaine 57-44 on 1/21/12

Key players: Maine — 6-3 F Sam Baranowski (8.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, .495 FG pct.), 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (7.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg), 5-7 G Brittany Williams (8.0 ppg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 spg), 5-6 G Courtney Anderson (4.6 ppg, 2.9 apg), 5-10 G/F Becca Knight (4.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.4 apg), 6-1 F Danielle Walczak (5.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg); Stony Brook — 5-10 G/F Whitney Davis (8.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg), 5-9 G Dani Klupenger (5.4 ppg), 5-11 F Jessica Previlon (5.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg), 6-1 F Kellie Krueger (4.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg), Sam Landers (4.3 ppg, .912 FT pct.)

Outlook: The Black Bears, who have lost five in a row, look to head into the postseason on a winning note. It will be Senior Day as Baranowski and Williams play their final home game. Injured Sam Wheeler also will be recognized. The two teams also will meet in the AE tournament first-round game March 1 in West Hartford, Conn. The last-place Seawolves have lost 14 straight and are averaging only 42.6 ppg in league play while shooting under 33 percent. Stony Brook also is the worst rebounding team but has plenty of depth.

Men’s Basketball

MAINE vs. STONY BROOK

Time, site: noon Sunday, Stony Brook, N.Y.

Records: Maine 12-15 (6-9 America East), Stony Brook 19-8 (13-2)

Series, last meeting: UMaine leads 16-10, SBU 58-52 on 1/21/12

Key players: Maine — 6-3 G Gerald McLemore (17.3 ppg, .402 3-pt. FG pct., .918 FT pct.), 6-3 G Justin Edwards (14.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.4 spg), 6-7 F Alasdair Fraser (13.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg, .538 FG pct., 1.5 bpg), 6-0 G Raheem Singleton (8.2 ppg, 3.4 apg), 6-9 F Mike Allison (7.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.2 bpg, .535 FG pct.), 5-9 G Andrew Rogers (3.4 ppg, 3.5 apg, 1.0 spg); Stony Brook — 6-1 G Bryan Dougher (13.5 ppg, .377 3-pt. FG pct., .800 FT pct.), 6-2 G Dave Coley (9.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg), 6-8 F Al Rapier (8.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, .509 FG pct.), 6-7 F Dallis Joyner (8.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg), 6-5 G/F Tommy Brenton (8.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 3.4 apg)

Outlook: Saturday’s outcome determines the Bears’ AE tourney seed. A win over the No. 1 Seawolves means sixth place and a likely quarterfinal against Boston U. A loss, and a New Hampshire win over Binghamton, puts the Bears seventh for a likely game against Vermont. UMaine snapped a five-game losing streak with Wednesday’s 71-58 win over UNH. Stony Brook has won two straight and 10 of 11, including Tuesday’s 74-50 win at Hartford. The Seawolves are 12-0 at home. UMaine must match SBU’s physicality and defensive intensity without getting into foul trouble. SBU has the league’s stingiest defense (56 ppg) and leads AE in FG pct. (.463) and 3-pt. pct. (.378).

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