UMaine men’s basketball team faces AE newcomer UMass Lowell

Posted Jan. 22, 2014, at 6:02 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

MAINE vs. UMASS LOWELL

Time, site: Thursday, 7 p.m., Cross Insurance Center, Bangor

Records: Maine 4-14 (1-4 America East), UMass Lowell 4-13 (3-3)

Series, last meeting: 1st meeting

Key players: 6-3 G Xavier Pollard (14.9 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game, 3.6 assists per game, 2.0 steals per game), 6-4 G/F Dimitry Akanda-Coronel (14.2 ppg), 6-4 G Zarko Valjarevic (12.5 ppg, .447 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-7 G/F Kilian Cato (7.4 ppg), 6-4 G Shaun Lawton (9.0 ppg, 4.5 apg, 2.2 spg), 6-7 F Ethan Mackey (5.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg); UML — 5-10 G Akeem Williams (14.8 ppg, 3.0 apg), 6-5 G Antonio Bivins (14.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg), 5-10 G Chad Holley (10.9 ppg, 3.2 apg), 6-2 G D.J. Mlachnik (8.6 ppg), 6-5 F Tyler Livingston (8.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg).

Game notes: The Black Bears have dropped four in a row and by no means can look past the River Hawks. UMass Lowell is a first-year Division I program, but already owns America East wins over UMBC, Binghamton and Albany — two of which beat the Bears. UMaine is the league’s top scoring team (74.9 ppg), but has been slowed of late with teams focusing on Valjarevic. UML is averaging only 59.6 ppg but, like Maine, is guard-dominated. Rebounding would be pivotal in this one.

Women’s Basketball

MAINE vs. UMASS LOWELL

Time, site: Thursday, 7 p.m., Lowell, Mass.

Records: Maine 9-9 (3-2 America East), UMass Lowell 2-15 (1-5)

Series, last meeting: 1st meeting

Key players: 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (13.9 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game), 5-10 F Liz Wood (12.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 3.2 assists per game, 1.8 steals per game), 5-6 G Cherrish Wallace (9.4 ppg, 5.0 apg), 5-9 G Lauren Bodine (8.8 ppg, .457 3-pt. FG pct.), 5-9 G Sigi Koizar (4.9 ppg, 2.6 apg), 6-2 F Mikaela Gustafsson (4.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg); UML — 5-5 G Shannon Samuels (12.6 ppg, 3.8 apg, 2.1 spg), 5-9 G Jasmine McRoy (11.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg), 6-2 F Lindsey Doucette (9.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.3 spg), 5-9 G Nicole Hayner (8.1 ppg), 5-7 G Melissa Frase (7.1 ppg)

Game notes: The Black Bears look to get back on track after allowing 54 points in the second half of Saturday’s 84-56 loss at Albany. Fourth-place UMaine encounters AE newcomer UMass Lowell, which has dropped three straight but beat UMBC on Jan. 11. The youthful River Hawks are coming off an 80-76 loss to Hartford on Monday. Both teams are guard-laden, but UMaine could present matchup problems in the post with Wood, Gustafsson and Anna Heise.

 

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