PREVIEW: Women’s Hoops heading for midweek shock in Hartford

Orono, Maine – The University of Maine women’s basketball team are looking to win their second straight road game when they travel to a midweek showdown in Hartford on Wednesday, Jan.5 at 7 p.m. . The Black Bears have six straight wins over Hartford, including three in a row on the road against the Hawks.

Wednesday’s game will be broadcast live on ESPN +. The game can also be streamed worldwide on the Black Bear Sports Network and locally in Maine on 92.9 FMr.

Anne-Simon continues to lead the Black Bears as a junior guard with double-digit points in 11 of his first 12 games this season, including each of the last four. Simon ranks second in East America with 16.3 points per game and at the top of the standings with 2.7 per outing. Alba Orois leads East America in assists, ranking 53rd nationally at 4.9 cents per game. Orois, who has collected five or more assists in three of his last four games, has recorded a total of five or more assists in six games. The second-year point guard is 24th in the league in scoring (9.8) and has posted double-digit totals in two of her last three games. Orois’s 51.7% on-field score is good for fifth-best in Eastern America as she records the league-highs and sixth domestically at 38.3 minutes per game. Orois has recorded just four turnovers in his last four games, including no turnovers in back-to-back games with Rhode Island and Dartmouth. Maëva Carroll ranks among America East’s Top 15 Leaders in seven categories. Carroll, who has posted double-digit rebound totals five times this season, leads East America in rebounds at 9.1 per game, averaging nearly a double-double with 11.3 points. Carroll is also second in the league in blocks (1.3), seventh in assists (3.7) and 12th in field goal percentage (43.4). Maine are proud of ball control this season, leading East America and 57th nationally with just 14.2 turnovers per game.

The Hawks enter the action in search of their first win of the season. Hartford ranks last in the America East in both scoring (54.2) and defense (81.3) and struggled to take care of the ball, averaging 21.8 turnovers per game . The Hawks, who shoot more three-point baskets than any other America East team (83/293 on the year), come in with a -6.4 turnover margin. Abby Streeter leads the Hawks with 11.1 points per game and is a significant threat beyond the arc, shooting 45.1% away to lead the America East. Nina Farkic adds 8.1 points and a record 2.6 assists while Sierra Smith leads the Hawks on the rebound with 6.3 rebounds per game.

Maine and Hartford will meet for the 83rd time in history with the Black Bears holding a 53-29 advantage in the all-time series. Maine are 24-14 on the road against the Hawks and have won 10 of their last 11 trips to Hartford. Maine swept Hartford on the road last season, winning by scores of 85-57, 52-49. Maine has won three consecutive trips to Hartford. The Black Bears have won 13 of the last 14 meetings between the two teams, including each of the last six. The teams first met in 1985, a 71-53 victory for the Black Bears. Simon has recorded double-digit efforts in each of his four outings against Hartford and comes on with an average of 14.0 points in the series.

Tale of the Band
Maine (4-8, 1-1) Category Hartford (0-12, 0-1)
55.5 Points per game 54.2
67.3 Opponent points per game 81.3
-11.8 Scoring margin -27.1
37.6 Field goal percentage 32.6
24.8 Percentage of field goals at 3 points 28.4
61.3 Free throw percentage 56.0
33.2 Rebounds Per Game 37.8
-7.0 Rebound margin -5.6
12.6 Assists per game 10.3
14.3 Turnover per game 21.3
14.2 Forced turnover per game 15.3
7.0 Flights by part 7.6
2.7 Blocks per game 2.8


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