Preview: UMaine women’s and men’s basketball vs. Vermont

Posted Jan. 15, 2012, at 9:41 p.m.

Women’s Basketball

MAINE vs. VERMONT

Time, site: 6 p.m. Monday, Alfond Arena, Orono

Records: Maine 3-14 (0-4 America East), Vermont 8-10 (2-3)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 47-31, Maine 65-56 on Feb. 20, 2011

Key players: Maine — 5-foot-9-inch G Ashleigh Roberts (8.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg), 6-3 F Samantha Baranowski (7.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg), 5-7 G Brittany Williams (7.9 ppg, 1.6 apg), 6-1 F Danielle Walczak (4.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg), 5-6 G Courtney Anderson (5.4 ppg, 2.8 apg); Vermont — 5-8 G Sam Simononis (8.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, .805 FT pct.), 6-1 F Kayla Burchill (8.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, .390 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-0 G/F Lauren Wheeler (6.6 ppg, .786 FT pct.), 5-10 G Shanai Heber (6.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 3.9 apg, 2.1 spg), 6-0 F Niki Taylor (5.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg)

Outlook: The Black Bears have lost 11 in a row coming off Saturday’s 60-48 loss to Albany. UMaine struggled down the stretch and was again rendered much less effective because of its turnovers (28). The Catamounts may be without its leading scorer in junior center Lauren Buschmann (15.0 ppg, 8.6 rpg), who was hurt Saturday in UVM’s 69-63 overtime loss to New Hampshire. The Catamounts, guided by former Colby College coach Lori Gear McBride, have two former Maine high school stars in Deering’s Burchill and York’s Taylor. Both were three-time BDN All-Maine first-team selections. Baranowski has played her best basketball of late and is among only a few Bears who have performed consistently well.

Men’s Basketball

MAINE vs. VERMONT

Time, site: 7 p.m. Monday, Patrick Gym, Burlington, Vt.

Records: Maine 8-7 (2-2 America East), Vermont 9-10 (3-2)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 11-9, Vermont 81-77 (OT) on Feb. 27, 2011

Key players: Maine (statistics through Jan. 13) 6-3 G Gerald McLemore (20.5 ppg, .419 3-pt. FG pct., .909 FT pct.), 6-3 G Justin Edwards (15.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.9 spg, .494 FG pct.), 6-7 F Alasdair Fraser (14.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.3 bpg, .552 FG pct.), 6-0 G Raheem Singleton (8.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.5 apg), 6-9 F Mike Allison (5.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.0 bpg), 5-9 G Andrew Rogers (4.2 ppg, 4.7 apg, 1.4 spg); Vermont — 6-2 G Four McGlynn (11.3 ppg, .398 3-pt. FG pct., .889 FT pct.), 6-7 F Luke Apfeld (10.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg), 6-8 F Matt Glass (10.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg), 6-2 G Sandro Carissimmo (5.9 ppg, 2.3 apg), 6-6 F Brian Voelkel (4.8 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.5 spg)

Outlook: The Bears look to halt a two-game skid taking on the Catamounts. UMaine is coming off Saturday’s tough 76-75 loss at Albany during which foul trouble to Fraser hampered its chances. The Catamounts had a three-game win streak snapped in Saturday’s 72-64 loss at New Hampshire. Vermont has been a good defensive club, giving up 61.9 ppg on 42 percent shooting. UMaine must limit fouls against a UVM team that has a knack for getting to the foul line. The Bears must do a better job both on defense on and the boards to succeed with a guard-oriented lineup.

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