UMaine women play matinee at Hartford; men’s hoop team hosts Hawks

Posted Feb. 11, 2014, at 12:41 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 11, 2014, at 5:20 p.m.
Xavier Pollard of the University of Maine (left), pictured during a Feb. 1 game in Bangor, will lead the Black Bears into Wednesday night's America East home contest against Hartford at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
Xavier Pollard of the University of Maine (left), pictured during a Feb. 1 game in Bangor, will lead the Black Bears into Wednesday night's America East home contest against Hartford at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Buy Photo

Men’s Basketball

MAINE vs. HARTFORD

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

Records: Maine 5-18 (3-8 America East), Hartford 11-14 (5-5)

Series, last meeting: Hartford leads 37-28, Hartford 80-65 on 1/9/14

Key players: 6-3 G Xavier Pollard (15.2 points per game, 4.4 rebounds per game, 3.9 assists per game, 1.7 steals per game), 6-5 G Dimitry Akanda-Coronel (12.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg), 6-4 G Zarko Valjarevic (11.3 ppg, .442 3-pt. FG pct., 4.4 rpg), 6-7 G/F Kilian Cato (7.0 ppg), 6-4 G Shaun Lawton (7.7 ppg, 4.3 apg, 2.0 spg), 6-7 F Ethan Mackey (5.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg); Hartford — 6-8 F Mark Nwakamma (14.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.2 apg), 6-2 G Yolonzo Moore II (10.2 ppg, 2.6 apg, 1.3 spg), 6-0 G Wes Cole (9.7 ppg, .444 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-0 G Evan Cooper (7.0 ppg), 6-4 Taylor Dyson (6.9 ppg)

Game notes: The Black Bears, losers of two straight, are trying to stay out of the AE cellar. UMaine lost 73-58 Saturday at last-place Binghamton, while the Hawks beat Albany 67-54. UMaine is allowing 77.5 ppg in league play on 47 percent shooting, both AE worsts. The Bears must contend Hartford’s 3-point shooters without allowing Nwakamma room to wreak havoc in the paint. UMaine also has to limit second shots, limit turnovers and cash in on transition chances.

Women’s Basketball

MAINE vs. HARTFORD

Time, site: Wednesday, noon, Chase Arena, West Hartford, Conn.

Records: Maine 13-11 (7-4 America East), Hartford 9-14 (6-4)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 37-26, Hartford 66-56 (OT) on 12/11/13

Key players: Maine — 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (13.2 points per game, 5.2 rebounds per game, 1.5 steals per game), 5-10 F Liz Wood (12.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.0 assists per game, 1.8 spg), 5-6 G Cherrish Wallace (7.4 ppg, 4.2 apg), 5-9 G Lauren Bodine (8.0 ppg, .467 3-pt. FG pct.), 5-9 G Sigi Koizar (5.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.6 apg), 6-2 F Mikaela Gustafsson (4.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg); HARTFORD — 6-0 F Cherelle Moore (9.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.4 spg), 5-9 G Amber Bepko (9.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.0 spg), 5-7 Deanna Mayza (8.6 ppg, 2.8 apg), 6-0 F Alyssa Reaves (6.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg), 5-9 G Alyssa Englert (5.3 ppg, 2.7 apg)

Game notes: The Black Bears have reached a critical juncture in the regular season in this matinee. UMaine, which beat Binghamton 65-53 on Sunday, must avenge a disappointing home loss to Hartford to remain in fourth place. All seven of the Bears’ AE wins have come against the bottom four squads in the standings. UMaine has improved since the first meeting, but will be tested in terms of defending Moore inside and trying to get open 3-point looks. Hartford had a five-game win streak snapped 90-68 at Albany on Friday.

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