August 04, 2020

Women’s basketball


Time, site: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Physical Fitness Center, Hempstead, N.Y.

Records: Maine 16-4 (10-0 NAC); Hofstra 4-13 (1-9)

Series: Maine leads 5-0

Key players: Maine – 5-9 G Cindy Blodgett (27.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.5 apg, 2.4 spg), 6-4 C Stacey Porrini (12.2 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 1.6 bpg), 5-11 F Catherine Gallant (7.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg), 5-9 G/F Trisha Ripton (7.7 ppg, 3.4 apg), 6-0 F Steph Guidi (7.4 ppg); Hofstra – 6-0 F/C Kate Gordon (15.3 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 2.5 spg), 5-8 F Colleen Montague (12.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.4 spg), 6-0 G Tracey Smith (7.0 ppg), 6-2 C Kerry Hamill (6.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg), 5-4 G Sue Mulqueen (4.7 ppg).

Outlook: The Black Bears should have an easy time extending their best-ever North Atlantic Conference start to 11-0, but won’t take the Flying Dutchwomen for granted. Maine, which is cruising along on an eight-game winning streak, hammered Hofstra 89-54 last month in Orono. The Bears handled Hartford 90-41 Tuesday night, while the Dutchwomen fell to Northeastern. Hofstra is struggling through a seven-game losing streak dating back to the Jan. 12 game at Maine. During the skid, Hofstra has averaged only 52.3 ppg. Maine hopes to continue the gritty defense that has afforded league foes only 56.7 ppg. The Bears hope to run early and often to keep Hofstra from utilizing Gordon’s half-court skills.

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