Preview: UMaine women’s basketball vs. Stony Brook

Posted Feb. 29, 2012, at 8:20 p.m.

Women’s Basketball

America East Tournament

MAINE vs. STONY BROOK

Time, site: 6:05 p.m. Thursday, Chase Arena, West Hartford, Conn.

Records: Maine 7-22, Stony Brook 4-25

Series, last meeting: SBU leads 14-12, UMaine 45-40 on 2/25/12

Key players: Maine — 6-3 F Samantha Baranowski (8.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, .488 FG pct.), 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (7.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg), 5-7 G Brittany Williams (8.1 ppg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 spg), 5-6 G Courtney Anderson (4.6 ppg, 2.8 apg), 5-10 G/F Becca Knight (4.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.4 apg), 6-1 F Danielle Walczak (5.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg); Stony Brook — 5-10 G/F Whitney Davis (8.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg), 5-9 G Dani Klupenger (5.3 ppg), 5-11 F Jessica Previlon (5.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg), 6-1 F Kellie Krueger (4.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg), 5-6 G Tamiel Murray (2.4 ppg, 2.5 apg, 1.2 spg)

Outlook: The Black Bears know they can beat the Seawolves. Now they look to do it in the postseason. UMaine is in the first-round game for the fifth straight season and has lost six consecutive postseason games since a first-round win over Albany in 2006. UMaine snapped a six-game in-season losing streak with Saturday’s win over the Seawolves, who have dropped 15 in a row. The Bears’ points of emphasis are to limit turnovers, cut off penetration by Stony Brook’s guards and try to take advantage of their frontcourt height, but balance that out with solid perimeter shooting. UMaine needs to rebound hard to limit the Seawolves’ second shots and capitalize on the kind of close-range shots they missed often in the last meeting. Previlon was a tough matchup for the Bears in the last game.

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