ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine men’s basketball team will be playing one of its regular season games in January at the Portland Expo.

The Black Bears will take on America East foe Vermont at 7 p.m. Jan. 7 in an effort to reach the Portland audience and market the team to southern Maine, according to Chris Hill, an assistant sports information director at the university.

The idea to move the game originated with first-year head coach Bob Walsh, according to Hill.

The game will be the Black Bears’ home-opening conference contest.

Men’s basketball season ticket holders will receive a new ticket for this game, but Cross Insurance Center tickets will not be accepted.

Those seeking more information on tickets may visit GoBlackBearTickets.com or call 581-2327.

Wood nominated for national award

University of Maine women’s basketball junior forward Liz Wood has been named one of 93 nominees for the 2015 Allstate Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Good Works Team.

The community service award recognizes a distinguished group of student-athletes who have demonstrated a commitment to enriching the lives of others and contributing to the greater good in their communities.

From the 93 WBCA nominees, voting panels will select a 10-member team that will be unveiled in February.

Wood is involved in several organizations and projects outside of basketball. A biology major with a pre-med concentration in the honors school, she was named the 2013-14 America East Women’s Basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year, earned a spot on the league’s All-Academic team and was honored by the school for achieving a 4.0 GPA last fall.

She is co-president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and has dedicated her time to several service projects.

Wood coordinated efforts for student-athletes for community service initiatives including Toys-for-Toys, hospital visits and food drives.

She also organized a nonalcoholic football tailgate for students while raising money for breast cancer awareness.

“The accomplishments of student-athletes extend far beyond success achieved on the court, and Allstate is proud to recognize this exceptional group of young women for the positive impact they are making in their communities,” Pam Hollander, vice president of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company, said in a news release.

Two Bowdoin athletes named All-Americans

Bowdoin College junior forward Rachel Kennedy and senior defender Colleen Finnerty have been named National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Americans after the 2014 season.

It is the 21st consecutive season that at least one Bowdoin player has been honored as an NFHCA Division III All-American. Bowdoin has garnered a first-team selection in eight of the last 10 years.

Finnerty was named a third-team selection, capping off a season that landed the co-captain on the All-New England Small College Athletic Conference First Team and All-Region First Team. She anchored a defense that led the country with a .60 goals against average and advanced to the NCAA championship. The senior added three defensive saves on top of seven goals and five assists for the season.

The NESCAC Player of the Year, Kennedy led the country with a 1.76 goals per game average heading into the Final Four. The junior scored a NESCAC leading 32 goals, equaling the single season mark set by Lindsay McNamara in 2008.