Gulf Coast Showcase
MAINE vs. DAYTON
Time, site: Friday, 11 a.m.; Germain Arena, Estero, Florida
Records: Maine 3-2, Dayton 3-0
Series, last meeting: 1st meeting
Key players: Maine — 5-8 G Sigi Koizar (16.8 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game, 5.2 assists per game, 2.0 steals per game), 6-2 F Mikaela Gustafsson (9.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.8 apg), 5-10 G/F Liz Wood (9.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 4.2 apg, 3.4 spg), 5-8 Sophie Weckstrom (8.6 ppg, 2.2 apg), 5-11 F Bella Swan (7.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg), 5-10 G Chantel Charles (7.0 ppg); Dayton — 5-9 G Amber Deane (18.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.0 apg), 6-0 G Kelley Austria (11.7 ppg, 3.7 spg), 6-4 C Jodie Cornelie-Sigmundova (11.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg), 5-8 G Jenna Burdette (8.3 ppg), 6-5 C Saicha Grant-Allen (8.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg)
Game notes: The Black Bears spent Thanksgiving in Florida trying to get fueled up for three games in three days at the Gulf Coast Showcase. UMaine hopes to have the services of Charles and backup forward Sheraton Jones, both of whom missed Wednesday’s 62-42 win over Central Connecticut with injuries. Depth could be an issue with such a grueling schedule. UMaine looks to slow a Dayton squad that is averaging 83 ppg. The Flyers, Atlantic 10 preseason favorites, have made six straight NCAA tournament appearances. Dayton, which has used 11 players regularly, has a good blend of inside-outside scoring and may be a tough matchup in the post. UMaine will play either Stanford or Missouri State in the second round.