ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine women's basketball team (3-1) welcomes the return of the Maine women's basketball November tournament! Maine would like to welcome in UMass, William & Mary and Wisconsin-Green Bay for this year's Black Bear Thanksgiving Tournament!
The Black Bears are off to one of their best starts in history as they opened the year at 3-0 for the first time since 1989. Maine, coming off a loss at Syracuse, looks to remain perfect at Cross Insurance Center. Maine, averaging 61.8 points per game, have opened the season hot from the floor with a 40.9-percent field goal mark and have gone 22-for-55 from three-point range (35.1-percent). The Black Bears are averaging 35.5 rebounds per game and have shown great improvement in distributing the ball this year at 16.0 assists per game.
Individually, Ashleigh Roberts has scored in double-figures in each of Maine's first four games. Roberts, who had her 50th career double-figure scoring game of her career and also totaled her 850th career point against LIU-Brooklyn, leads Maine at 16.8 points per game to go along with 4.3 rebounds. Roberts also leads Maine with a 56.8% mark from the field. Sophomore Liz Wood is averaging 8.0 points per game and leads Maine in rebounds (7.5) and assists (3.3). Sophie Weckstrom has given Maine a solid scoring punch off the bench as she is chipping in 6.5 points and is second on the team with six three-pointers made. Lauren Bodine hit five three pointers against LIU-Brooklyn, her fifth time hitting 4+ three point shots in a game, and is averaging 6.0 points per game while shooting 53.3% (8-for-15) from beyond the arc. Freshman Sigi Koizar has been solid in multiple facets of the game, averaging 5.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and shooting 44.4% from the field.
A LOOK AT UMASS: The Minutewomen enter the tournament at 2-4 after a loss at Holy Cross on Tuesday evening but hold impressive wins over Rutgers and America East foe Hartford. UMass, who dropped its first three contests, enter the tournament averaging 61.0 points led by junior guard Emily Mital. Mital is averaging 10.4 points while shooting 50.0% from the field, including a 40.9% from three-point range. Mital is backed up by classmate Kim Pierre-Louis who is chipping in 9.6 points and 4.4 rebounds. Nola Henry and Rashida Timbilla get the offense moving with 27 assists between the two. UMass returns eight letterwinners from the 2012-13 season lineup, including four of the top five point scorers. Maine is 13-7 all-time against UMass. UMass on the last meeting 63-54 on Dec. 11, 2011. Maine's last win came on Dec. 29, 2010, a 66-62 win at home.
A LOOK AT WILLIAM & MARY: The Tribe have had a rough start to the season as they look for their first win of the season after dropping their first four contests. Maine native Kaitlyn Mathueu leads the Tribe attack as she is tops on the team in points (16.0) and rebounds (8.5). Marlena Tremba is adding 14.5 points and 3.8 rebounds with an 80.0% mark from the free throw stripe. Kyla Kerstetter completes the Tribe's trio of double-figure scorers, chipping in 11.8 points per game with 4.5 rebounds. William and Mary, who have played three of their first four games on the road, average 60.0 points per game. The Tribe, who lost their top three scorers and all five starters from a year ago, return eight letterwinners as well as welcome in new head coach, Ed Swanson. Maine and William and Mary have met three times in history as the Black Bears hold a 2-1 advantage. Maine won the first two meetings but dropped the most recent contest, a 63-62 decision in 2007.
A LOOK AT WISCONSIN GREEN-BAY: The Phoenix, who made the NCAA Tournament last season, were selected to repeat as Horizon League Champions. Green Bay is off to a 4-1 start and have won three straight entering the tournament. The Phoenix are led by Kaili Lukan at 11.8 points per game while Tesha Buck, already a two-time Horizon League Rookie of the Week, is adding 9.6 points. Veteran Breannah Ranger, a redshirt senior, is averaging 9.2 points and leads the Phoenix with 7.2 rebounds. Green Bay, coming off a TD Bank Classic Championship in which it defeated host Vermont 74-57 in the Championship, is averaging 69.0 points per game, a +12.8 scoring margin over its opponents. The Phoenix return just one starter from 2012-13 and seven letterwinners from a team which went 29-3 and undefeated in league play. Maine and Wisconsin-Green Bay have met twice with each team picking up a win. Green Bay won the first meeting 58-57 in 1991 while the Black Bears took the most recent contest, 76-73, in 2003.