Coaches: UMaine women must communicate on defense, men must finish plays vs. UMBC

Posted Feb. 01, 2013, at 8:03 p.m.

Women’s Basketball

MAINE vs. MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY

Time, site: Noon Saturday, Alfond Arena, Orono

Records: Maine 2-19 (1-7 America East), UMBC 6-15 (2-6)

Series, last meeting: UMBC leads 10-9, UMBC 54-50 on 1/5/13

Key players: Maine — 6-1 F Danielle Walczak (9.4 points per game, 5.2 rebounds per game), 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (9.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg), 5-10 G/F Liz Wood (8.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg), 6-3 F Corinne Wellington (3.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg), 5-6 G Courtney Anderson (6.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg), 5-8 G Sophie Weckstrom (3.1 ppg); UMBC — 5-10 G Brittany Crowell (12.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg), 5-7 G Raven Harris (11.0 ppg, 3.4 apg), 5-10 G Bria White (10.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg), 5-11 G/F Ashley Lambert (5.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg), 6-2 F Kim Browning (3.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg)

Coach Richard Barron’s keys to the game: “Our keys will be rebounding, defensive communication and offensive precision.”

Game notes: The Bears start the second half of the conference schedule against a UMBC squad that also has struggled. The teams have allowed an AE-worst 62.8 ppg. UMaine has dropped 16 of its last 17 games, including Tuesday’s 61-54 decision at UNH. The Retrievers have lost five of six, falling to Binghamton 66-57 on Wednesday.

Men’s Basketball

MAINE vs. MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY

Time, site: 7 p.m. Saturday, Retriever Activities Center, Baltimore

Records: Maine 8-13 (3-5 America East), UMBC 5-16 (3-5)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 12-9, Maine 81-66 on 1/5/13

Key players: Maine — 6-8 F Alasdair Fraser (13.9 points per game, 8.7 rebounds per game), 6-3 G Xavier Pollard (9.9 ppg, 4.3 assists per game), 6-6 G Jon Mesghna (7.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg), 6-9 F Mike Allison (6.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg), 6-3 G Zarko Valjarevic (6.6 ppg) 6-8 F Till Gloger (3.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg); UMBC — 6-2 G Ryan Cook (15.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg), 6-6 F Chase Plummer (11.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg), 6-10 F/C Brett Roseboro (9.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg), 6-4 G Brian Neller (9.1 ppg), 5-11 G Aaron Morgan (5.5 ppg, 2.9 apg)

Coach Ted Woodward’s keys to the game: “We need to guard them at all five spots, as they’re a very balanced team. We need to execute on offense and finish plays and we have to play with great energy on their home court.”

Game notes: The Black Bears, coming off Wednesday’s 57-54 loss to UNH, try to end a two-game skid without star guard Justin Edwards (ankle injury), who did not make the trip. UMBC, which beat Binghamton 61-58 this week, is stingy against 3-pointers (.264). UMaine needs to avoid any protracted lulls caused by turnovers.

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