MAINE vs. MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY
Time, site: Tuesday, 5 p.m., Cross Insurance Center, Bangor
Records: UMaine 4-4, Maine Maritime Academy 3-2
Series, last meeting: UMaine 1-0, UMaine 73-37 on Nov. 29, 2011
Key players: Maine — 6-1 F Blanca Millan (17.4 points per game, 4.3 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists), 5-8 G Julie Brosseau (14.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.1 apg), 5-10 G Tanesha Sutton (11 ppg, 8 rpg, 3.1 apg), 6-1 F Fanny Wadling (5.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg), 5-6 Dor Saar (5.4 ppg, 3.1 apg), 5-8 G Parise Rossignol (3.9 ppg); MMA — 5-10 F Alayne Felix (15.2 ppg, 8 rpg), 5-6 G Megan McLean (8.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.6 apg, 2.8 spg), 5-7 G Melinda Ogden (6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.4 apg), 5-11 G/F Emily Melick (6 ppg, 2.6 rpg), 5-1 F Amanda Holewiak (5 ppg, 4 rpg), 5-9 G/F Chloe Smedley (4.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg)
Game notes: The Black Bears will be playing their only home game of the month. They will have the opportunity to work on certain aspects of their game and give the reserves some playing time in the midst of one of the nation’s toughest non-conference schedules. UMaine has already played three NCAA Tournament teams in Miami, Toledo and Ohio State and have two more later in the month when it takes on NCAA runner-up Mississippi State and former UMaine head coach Joanne Palombo McCallie’s Duke University Blue Devils. Brosseau has scored 91 points in her last four games and tied the school record with seven 3-pointers in an 83-70 loss to No. 8 Ohio State University on Sunday. She had a career-high 29 points. NCAA Division III MMA lost to Husson on Saturday 58-50. Alex had 10 points and 13 rebounds and McLean had 15 points and four assists.
UMAINE vs. UMAINE-PRESQUE ISLE
Time, site: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; Cross Insurance Center, Bangor
Records: UMaine-Presque Isle 3-3, UMaine 1-7
Series, last meeting: UMaine 1-0, UMaine 96-45 on 11/26/16
Key players: UMPI — 6-1 G Kevin Collins (16.0 points, 3.2 rebounds per game), 6-0 G Deandre Duncombe 15.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.2 assists), 6-6 Maurice Harris (11.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg), 6-4 G-F Wilburn Griffiths (10.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg); UMaine — 5-11 G Aaron Calixte (15.6 ppg, 2.5 apg, 3.5 rpg), 6-6 G Ilker Er (10.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg), 6-7 F Andrew Fleming (9.4 ppg, 5-1 rpg), 6-5 G Vernon Lowndes Jr. (5.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg)
Game notes: This marks the first of three straight home games for UMaine, which has played only one of its first eight outings in Bangor. The Black Bears suffered a 67-66 overtime loss at Fordham last Saturday. Two of the three home games are against Maine small-college opponents as the Black Bears struggle to schedule at least a few home games during non-conference play. Those games, against UMPI and then UMaine-Machias on Sunday around a Friday night date with Dartmouth, should give coach Bob Walsh a chance to give some his team’s younger players, perhaps most noticeably 6-8 first-year big man Miks Antoms from Lee Academy, some additional experience while enabling the team a chance to address some of its offensive challenges. UMaine ranks last among AE programs in scoring, field-goal percentage, assist-to-turnover ratio and turnover margin. For UMPI, this marks a chance to showcase its program in the Bangor area and gives the Owls an opportunity to test themselves against Division I competition. UMPI has been idle since a 75-58 win at UMaine-Machias last Thursday, with Griffiths scoring 20 points to lead four double-figure scorers.