Coach Barron: UMaine must not make careless turnovers, needs to crash the boards and stay out of foul trouble in America East opener at UMBC
MAINE vs. MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY
Time, site: Saturday, 2 p.m., RAC Arena, Baltimore, Md.
Records: Maine 1-12 (0-0 America East), UMBC 4-10 (0-1)
Series, last meeting: tied 9-9, UMBC 66-44 on 2/4/12
Key players: Maine — 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (10.5 points per game, 4.8 rebounds per game), 6-1 F Danielle Walczak (9.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg), 5-10 G/F Liz Wood (7.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg), 5-6 G Courtney Anderson (5.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg), 6-2 F Corinne Wellington (1.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg), 6-3 C Anna Heise (6.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg); UMBC — 5-10 G Brittany Crowell (10.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg), 5-10 G Bria White (9.7 ppg), 5-7 G Raven Harris (8.6 ppg, 2.6 apg), 5-11 G/F Ashley Lambert (6.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg), 5-9 G Kristin Coles (4.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg)
Coach Richard Barron’s keys to the game: “We have to make sure to make no careless turnovers, crash the boards and stay out of foul trouble.”
Game notes: The Black Bears have lost nine in a row and are off to the worst start in program history. The Retrievers have dropped two straight and seven of eight, including Wednesday’s 87-33 drubbing by Albany. UMBC has lost AE Rookie of the Year and early season top scorer Lauren Chase, who abruptly transferred to George Washington.