Maine men’s basketball needs great road energy; women must keep the pace up on offense against Vermont, coaches say
MAINE vs. VERMONT
Time, site: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Alfond Arena, Orono
Records: Maine 3-22 (2-10 America East), Vermont 8-17 (5-7)
Series, last meeting: Maine leads 48-33, Vermont 61-53 on 1/23/13
Key players: Maine — 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (10.2 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game), 5-10 G/F Liz Wood (9.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg), 5-6 G Courtney Anderson (6.4 ppg, 2.2 assists per game), 6-2 F Mikaela Gustafasson (3.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg), 5-8 G Lauren Bodine (2.5 ppg); Vermont — 5-10 G Tierra Shumpert (8.1 ppg, 2.8 apg), 6-0 F Niki Taylor (8.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg), 6-2 F/C Lauren Buschmann (7.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg), 6-2 F Annie Wheeler (5.2 ppg), 6-0 G/F Lauren Wheeler (4.4 ppg, 2.1 apg).
Coach Richard Barron’s keys to the game: “We’ve got to take better care of the ball than we did the first time we played. We’ve got to keep the pace up on offense and have good ball movement and we’ve got to do a really good job rebounding the ball against a bigger, more physical team with our personnel as it is.”
Game notes: The Black Bears look to make it two straight after earning a 74-68 road win at Binghamton on Saturday. UMaine did it shorthanded, as leading scorer Ashleigh Roberts was out with a concussion, leaving the team with eight players. Vermont, which beat Stony Brook 46-43 on Saturday to snap a five-game skid, is tied for fourth place with UMBC. The Catamounts’ 50.6 ppg and .324 FG pct. rank last in league play.
MAINE vs. VERMONT
Time, site: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Patrick Gym, Burlington, Vt.
Records: Maine 10-15 (5-7 America East), Vermont 16-9 (9-4)
Series, last meeting: Maine leads 70-56, Maine 71-68 on 1/22/13
Key players: Maine — 6-3 G Justin Edwards (16.8 points per game, 5.2 rebounds per game), 6-8 F Alasdair Fraser (13.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg), 6-3 G Xavier Pollard (9.7 ppg, 4.6 assists per game), 6-9 F Mike Allison (6.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg), 6-3 G Zarko Valjarevic (9.3 ppg), 6-6 G Jon Mesghna (7.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg); Vermont — 6-8 F Clancy Rugg (11.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg), 6-7 F Luke Apfeld (10.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg), 6-2 G Sandro Carissimo (9.9 ppg, 2.4 apg), 6-3 G Trey Blue (8.1 ppg), 6-6 F Brian Voelkel (6.2 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 4.6 apg).
Coach Ted Woodward’s keys to the game: “We need great team energy and focus at one of the toughest home venues in the league. We have to be plus [ahead] on the boards and limit turnovers.”
Game notes: The Black Bears have won three in a row coming off Saturday’s 64-60 victory at Binghamton. UMaine has climbed into fifth place. Valjarevic’s 3-point shooting has been key as the Bears deal with constant double-teams inside on Fraser. The Catamounts have lost two straight, including Saturday’s 65-48 setback at Stony Brook. UVM is second, behind SBU.