MAINE vs. BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Time, site: Saturday, 2 p.m., at Case Gymnasium, Boston
Records: Maine 12-7 (6-0 NAC), BU 9-10 (3-3 NAC)
Series: Maine leads 12-10
Key players: Maine – C Rachel Bouchard (22.8 ppg, 10.6 rpg), G Julie Bradstreet (9.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.6 apg), F Tracey Frenette (9.4 ppg), G Carrie Goodhue (9.3 ppg, 3.4 apg), G Chris Strong (6.2 ppg, 3.2 apg); Boston University – F/G Marion Dukeman (14.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg), F Jill Sosnak (12.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg), G Andrea Higgins (10.6 ppg, 4.2 apg), F Richelle VanZandt (9.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg).
Outlook: With hopes of an NCAA tournament bid seriously hampered, Maine kicks off its stretch run for NAC regular season title. People in the know said that BU would be most improved team in NAC toward end of season. Boasting a 6-2 record since Maine handed them a 77-49 defeat on Jan. 9, Terriers are definitely better than 3-8 start. Sosnak, a 5-11 freshman, is best freshman in conference, winning three straight player of the week honors and four overall.
HUSSON vs. U-NEW ENGLAND
Time, site: Saturday, 4 p.m., at Newman Gym, Bangor
Records: Husson 17-6, U-New England 15-8
Key players: Husson – F Sharon Siebert (18.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg), F Michelle Hamlin (9.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg), G Vicki Mazerall (7.0 ppg, 3.1 spg), G Kristi Wildman (6.8 ppg), G Sue Lea (6.2 ppg, 4.2 apg); U-New England – C/F Lisa Nejezchleba, G Darcie Trudeau, G Cathy Bickford, F Maureen Cahill.
Outlook: Possible preview of NAIA Dist. 5 playoff game as Husson could go in No. 2 and UNE looks to go in No. 3. Husson was 15-point winner vs. Red Knights in Biddeford. Husson guard Chris Hunter still out with broken jaw.
Other games: Saturday – Trinity at Colby, 1 p.m.; Southern Maine at Rhode Island College, 2 p.m.; Westbrook at UM-Machias, 4 p.m.; Wesleyan at Bowdoin, 1 p.m.; UM-Presque Isle at UM-Farmington, noon