MAINE vs. KANSAS
Time, site: Wednesday, 8 p.m.; Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kan.
Records: Maine 1-4, Kansas 6-0
Series, last meeting: 1st meeting
Key players: Maine — 5-11 G Amber Smith (13.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.6 spg), 6-1 F Samantha Wheeler (12.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.0 spg), 5-9 G Katelyn Vanderhoff (6.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.8 spg), 6-2 F Corinne Wellington (5.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg), 5-7 G Brittany Williams (4.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.0 spg), 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (6.2 ppg); Kansas — 6-3 F Carolyn Davis (19.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg, .629 FG pct., .800 FT pct.), 5-11 G Monica Engleman (12.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.5 apg), 6-2 F Aishah Sutherland (12.3 ppg, 11.0 rpg), 5-7 G Keena Mays (9.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 6.0 apg), 6-4 F Tania Jackson (5.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg)
Outlook: The Black Bears begin a series of six straight road games against the Jayhawks of the Big 12 Conference. UMaine is coming off three consecutive losses, including last Saturday’s 66-55 setback against South Alabama. Kansas will pose a significant challenge to the UMaine defense as it is averaging 80.6 points per game while shooting 47 percent from the field. The Bears check in at 56.6 ppg and 33 percent shooting. UMaine continues to look for better offensive flow with its still-evolving lineup. Kansas is already playing its sixth home game. The Jayhawks have an overall size advantage and also feature plenty of quickness. They are adept at getting to the foul line, shooting 26-plus free throws per contest. Kansas, which has wins over Wisconsin and Memphis, beat Fordham 81-68 in overtime on Sunday. UMaine junior transfer Sheay Longstaff hails from Topeka, Kansas.