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Previewing Duke at Maine
By Rob Clough
December 20, 2009

McCallie Returns to Orono Where She Once Built a Powerhouse



Maine - Monday 12/21 @ 7 PM - Harold Alfond Sports Arena

Last Year: 5-25
Current Record: 2-6

Significant Losses: The Black Bears lost leading scorer Britanny Boser, who averaged 10 ppg and 5 rpg while anchoring the post. Wing Colleen Kilmurray also moved on after averaging 6 ppg and 5 rpg.

Who's Coming Back:Guard Tanna Ross returns after averaging 7 ppg and 3 rpg, with a team-leading 34% from three. Post Samantha Baranowski will return after averging 7 ppg and 3 rpg. There are a host of players on Maine's roster that average about 6 ppg and 3 rpg, including Kristin Baker, Amanda Tewksbury, Samantha Wheeler and Jasmine Rush.

The Skinny: As demonstrated in last year's walkover in Cameron, Maine doesn't possess the size, speed or talent to give a challenge. Playing at home might help (and Duke has been haunted by weird early-season losses in the past), but there's not enough offensive flexibility to attack everything that Duke can throw at them defensive. On defense, they will likely start in a zone and not budge until the game is decided--one way or another. The Black Bears don't shoot well, but they are a decent rebounding team. The Devils have to snuff out any second-chance opportunities for Maine and must do a better job of closing out on shooters, especially after a rebound. Duke's been getting burned by this the past couple of years; it's one of the few areas where their defensive effort has been inconsistent. Ross has yet to play this season, but Wheeler & Baker are both averaging 10 points apiece, while Tewksbury is averaging 9 ppg and 7 rpg. Maine will need another couple of years to rebuild its program under Cindy Blodgett, and this game will mostly serve as a homecoming game for Coach McCallie, who put Maine on the map as a coach and again gets to coach against one of former stars.

   
  • The Black Bears to stick
    around on the boards.
 


Last
Year's
Game
11.16.2008 - Cameron Indoor Stadium
Devils Bludgeon Blodgett's Bears, 98-31
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Devils Outduke the Dukes, 79-65
Photo Gallery
 
Devils Dance on Black Bears, 75-34
The Nutshell

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