ORONO – Maine women’s basketball has wrapped up final preparations before it leaves for Stony Brook on Wednesday.
The Black Bears had a film session this morning ahead of Friday’s matchup with the Seawolves in the America East championship game.
The teams split their season series with the home team taking each meeting.
It’s been well documented how short Maine’s depth has been all season, the Black Bears will only dress eight players for Friday’s game.
Despite the low numbers, Maine has excelled and gotten back to its fifth straight title game.
Maine is obviously excited to be back playing for a title, but is also looking forward to playing a more complete game against the conferences top team.
“We’re really excited I don’t think we played our best games against them so far so I think we have a lot to show on Friday and if we learn from the past two games and really just capitalize what we did badly against them first two games I think we’ll be fine,” junior guard, Kelly Fogarty, said.
Stony brook is the No. 1 team in conference for a reason, the Seawolves had a 22-game win streak this season, the longest in Division I hoops.
Ironically enough it was snapped by the Black Bears.
Stony Brook boasts the best defense in America East and is also the top rebounding team. There are plenty of keys for Maine heading into the game, three-point shooting and rebounding among them.
But stopping the Seawolves in transition tops the list.
“They push the ball they score on turnovers we have to limit our turnovers and limit their transition opportunities yes rebounding we have to do a better job at where rebounding was the number one thing against Lowell against Stony Brook it’s transition defense,” Maine head coach, Amy Vachon, said.