Maine men seek good offensive execution, women need strong start against Hartford, coaches say

Posted Feb. 12, 2013, at 7:48 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

MAINE vs. HARTFORD

Time, site: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Alfond Arena, Orono

Records: Maine 8-15 (3-7 America East), Hartford 14-10 (7-4)

Series, last meeting: Hartford leads 34-26, Hartford 68-61 on 01/09/13

Key players: Maine — 6-3 G Justin Edwards (17.0 points per game, 5.0 rebounds per game), 6-8 F Alasdair Fraser (13.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg), 6-3 G Xavier Pollard (10.2 ppg, 4.5 assists per game), 6-6 G Jon Mesghna (7.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg), 6-9 F Mike Allison (6.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg), 6-3 G Zarko Valjarevic (7.8 ppg); Hartford — 6-6 F Mark Nwakamma (15.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg), 6-2 G Yolonzo Moore II (10.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg), 6-0 G Evan Cooper (8.4 ppg), 6-0 G Wes Cole (6.8 ppg), 6-6 F Nate Sikma (6.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg)

Coach Ted Woodward’s keys to the game: “Hartford’s one of the hottest teams in the league. We must limit easy scoring opportunities, take very good care of the ball and have very good offensive execution.”

Game notes: The Black Bears look to win back-to-back league games for only the second time this season. UMaine played outstanding defense in Saturday’s 66-52 win over Albany. The Hawks have won three in a row and four of their last five, including Sunday’s 60-55 decision at Stony Brook.

Women’s Basketball

MAINE vs. HARTFORD

Time, site: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Chase Arena, W. Hartford, Conn.

Records: Maine 2-21 (1-9 America East), Hartford 16-8 (7-4)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 37-24, Hartford 52-37

Key players: Maine — 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (9.7 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game), 5-10 G/F Liz Wood (9.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg), 5-6 G Courtney Anderson (6.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg), 6-2 F Mikaela Gustafasson (3.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg), 5-8 G Sophie Weckstrom (3.0 ppg); Hartford — 6-1 F Nikkia Smith (11.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg), 5-9 G Amber Bepko (10.8 ppg), 5-6 G Daphne Elliott (7.7 ppg), 5-11 F Ruthanne Doherty (7.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg), 5-7 G Alex Hall (5.6 ppg)

Coach Richard Barron’s keys to the game: “We have to rebound well and hit shots early in the game.”

Game notes: The Black Bears are trying to reinvent themselves a bit after recent season-ending injuries to post players Danielle Walczak and Corinne Wellington. UMaine, which has lost three straight, will be challenged in the post against the likes of Smith and Doherty but will look to attack in transition and establish a perimeter presence. Hartford is comfortably in third place, having won two in a row and four of its last five.

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