MAINE vs. UMASS LOWELL
Time, site: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Cross Insurance Center, Bangor
Records: UMaine 5-23 (3-10 America East), UMass Lowell 14-15 (6-8)
Series, last meeting: UMass Lowell leads 9-4, UMaine 78-59 on 1/30/2019
Key players, UMaine: 6-5 G Isaiah White (14.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg), 6-4 G Sergio El Darwich (11.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.2 apg), 6-8 F Vilgot Larsson (7.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg), 6-8 C Vincent Eze (6.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg); UMass Lowell: 6-5 G Christian Lutete (18.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg), 6-4 G Obadiah Noel (14.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg), 6-7 G-F Josh Gantz (11.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.0 apg), 6-1 G Alex Rivera (9.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg)
Game notes: Junior forward Andrew Fleming is out for the rest of the season after suffering a broken left wrist and concussion while being fouled from behind on a breakaway dunk attempt during Saturday’s loss at Stony Brook. That may mean more duty for Eze, who has averaged 19.2 minutes per game, or a more guard-oriented approach against UMass Lowell, which sends out one of the smaller lineups in America East but is the highest-scoring team in the league at 77.9 ppg. The River Hawks also are America East’s worst defensive team, allowing 76.1 ppg. UMaine is two games ahead of 1-12 New Hampshire for the eighth and final berth in the conference tournament that begins with quarterfinals March 9 on the home courts of the top four seeds. Each team has three league games left, including one against each other in the regular-season finale next Tuesday at Durham, New Hampshire. UMaine is just one game behind seventh-place Binghamton, and they meet in the Black Bears’ Senior Day home game set for 11 a.m. Saturday.
MAINE vs. UMASS LOWELL
Time, site: Wednesday, 7 p.m., Tsongas Arena, 7 p.m., Lowell, Mass.
Records: UMaine 20-7 (13-1 America East), UMass Lowell 7-21 (3-12)
Series, last meeting: UMaine leads 11-0, UMaine 79-45 on 1/30/19
Key players: Maine — 6-1 G Blanca Millan (17.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3 steals, 2.1 assists, 1.4 blocked shots per game), 5-10 G Tanesha Sutton (14 ppg, 7 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.8 spg), 5-8 G Parise Rossignol (12 ppg, 3.7 rpg), 5-6 G Dor Saar (8.7 ppg, 5.1 apg), 6-2 F Fanny Wadling (6.4 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 3.1 apg); UMass Lowell — 5-7 G Brianna Rudolph (13.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.9 spg), 6-2 F Katherine Smith (8.5 ppg), 5-2 G Ren’Cia Rolling (8.1 ppg, 4.2 apg, 3.8 rpg, 1.7 spg), 5-8 G Kharis Idom (6.1 ppg), 5-11 F Brianne Stiers (5.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.7 apg), 5-9 G Linda Svenne (5.3 ppg).
Game notes: The Black Bears can sew up the top seed for the America East tournament with a victory. UMaine has a one-game lead over Hartford with two games remaining. If the teams wind up tied, UMaine would win the tiebreaker. UMaine and Hartford split regular-season games but UMaine’s Ratings Percentage Index is No. 58 in the country and Hartford’s is 113. UMaine has won 10 straight games and leads the conference in scoring at 67.4 ppg. Millan is the conference’s leading scorer. Sutton had a career-high 28 points in the win over Stony Brook and and eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her career. She also grabbed 11 rebounds. UMass Lowell has lost 10 of its last 11 games and is averaging 53.6 ppg, 337th among 349 Division I programs. UMaine has committed only 11.4 turnovers per game, seventh fewest in the country.