MAINE vs. DELAWARE
Time, site: Saturday, 1 p.m.; Carpenter Center, Newark, Del.
Records: Maine 8-2 (4-0 America East); Delaware 4-7 (1-3)
Series: Maine leads 11-1
Key players: Maine – 6-4 C Jamie Cassidy (19.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg), 6-1 F Klara Danes (10.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg), 5-7 G Amy Vachon (6.5 ppg, 6.1 apg, 2.7 spg), 5-10 G Kristen McCormick (6.4 ppg), 5-9 G/F Sandi Carver (5.1 ppg); Delaware – 5-11 G/F Danielle Leyfert (15.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.5 spg), 5-11 F Shanda Piggott (11.8 ppg, 8.1 rpg), 6-4 C Suzanne Street (9.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.0 bpg), 5-8 G Cindy Johnson (6.4 ppg), 5-8 G Keisha McFadgion (7.7 ppg).
Outlook: Having beaten Towson without injured star Cindy Blodgett, the Bears look to complete a sweep of their Mid-Atlantic road swing. Blodgett will not play against the Blue Hens. Maine pounded the ball inside to Cassidy and Tinklova against Towson, but Delaware may match up better size-wise. The Bears will look to make the extra pass on offense, forcing the Hens to play more defense. Delaware has lost four of five, including Thursday’s 72-55 setback to New Hampshire. The Hens rank last in the league, allowing 68.5 points per game. They must contend with a potent Maine team that has averaged 82.7 points and put four players in double figures without Blodgett.