March 24, 2019
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UMaine women’s basketball team faces tall order Sunday at North Carolina

Courtesy of UMaine Athletics
Courtesy of UMaine Athletics
Blanca Millan

Women’s college basketball


Time, site: Sunday, 2 p.m., Carmichael Arena, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Records: UMaine 4-2, UNC 5-3

Series, last meeting: UNC leads 4-0, UNC 59-58 on 12/31/15

Key players, Maine: 6-1 G Blanca Millan (16.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.5 steals per game), 5-10 G Tanesha Sutton (13 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.8 spg), 6-1 F Fanny Wadling (11 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.7 blocks), 5-8 G Parise Rossignol (8.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg), 5-6 G Dor Saar (7.7 ppg, 3.8 apg, 1.7 spg); UNC: 6-4 C Janelle Bailey (15.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg), 5-9 G Paris Kea (14.8 ppg, 3 apg, 2.1 spg), 5-11 G Stephanie Watts (14.4 ppg, 4 rpg, 3 apg, 1.4 bpg), 5-9 G Shayla Bennett (12.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.9 apg, 2.1 spg), 6-2 G Taylor Koenen (8.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.1 apg)

Game notes: The Black Bears face a North Carolina team that is coming off a 76-69 loss at Ohio State on Thursday night. The Tar Heels are coached by Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall-of-Famer Sylvia Hatchell, who ranks third among active coaches in victories (1,010-329). UNC will have a significant height advantage. Carroll is expected to return to the lineup after missing the past two games with a wrist injury, but Wadling’s status is up in the air. A concussion sidelined her for last weekend’s 58-52 and 47-46 wins over North Carolina A&T and the University of Pennsylvania in the Navy Classic Tournament respectively. Sutton was the tourney MVP and Rossignol was chosen to the all-tourney team. UMaine will have to protect the basketball as UNC forces 18.8 turnovers per game. The Black Bears forced 43 turnovers in their two victories last weekend.

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