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PREVIEW: Women’s Basketball Rings in 2022 vs. NJIT

Orono, Maine – The University of Maine women’s basketball team returns to the Cross Insurance Center for their first home game of the 2022 America East conference when they host the NJIT on Sunday, Jan. 2 at 1 p.m. . After claiming a thrilling victory for Vermont in the conference opener, the Black Bears are aiming for a 2-0 league start for a second straight season. Maine are chasing their third straight win over NJIT after sweeping the series of seasons a year ago.

Tickets are available for Sunday’s game on or at the Cross Insurance Center box office. Sunday’s game will be broadcast live on ESPN +. The game can also be streamed worldwide on the Black Bear Sports Network and locally in Maine on 92.9 FMr.

The Black Bears are off to a 1-0 league start for the fifth straight year, and the sixth in the past seven seasons, after scoring a thrilling victory, come from behind Vermont on Thursday night. Anne-Simon, who has double-digit numbers in 10 of her 11 outings this season, leads Maine’s scoring offense as she ranks second in Eastern America with 16.0 points per game. Simon, who also leads the league in interceptions (2.6), scored at least one takeaway in nine of Maine’s 11 games while twice recording a career-high six interceptions. Maëva Carroll does it all for Maine as it ranks 15th in the league in scorers (10.9), first in rebounds (9.3), second in blocks (1.3) and sixth in assists ( 3.3). Carroll has posted double-digit rebound totals five times this season, including three in his last four outings. Alba Orois Leading the offense for Maine as they rank among the league’s best with 5.0 assists per game. Orois, who also sits atop the league standings in minutes (37.7), has had at least five assists in each of his last three games. Maine have kept their opponent to just 43.3 points per game over the last three outings.

The Highlanders start the weekend on a two-game winning streak after starting the conference game with a 54-49 victory over defending champions America East and preseason favorite Stony Brook. In the win over the Seawolves, Kenna Squier led the way for NJIT with 11 points while Trinity Williams came off the bench to add 10 in just 13 minutes of action. Lyzi Litwinko added eight points and nine rebounds. Squier leads NJIT with 11.0 points per game while Litwinko joins Squier in double digits at 10.7 while adding 6.3 rebounds, a high for the team. Ellyn Stoll, averaging 9.5 points per game, is NJIT’s three-point threat as she placed fifth in the league with 1.7 points over the arc per game. NJIT ranks fifth in Eastern America in both scoring (58.8) and in defense (61.8). The Highlanders struggled to take care of the ball, ranking ninth in the league with 19.7 turnovers and a -4.7 margin on turnovers. NJIT leads America East with 3.9 blocks per game.

Maine and NJIT meet for the fifth time in history only after the Highlanders joined America East in the 2020-21 season. Maine have won two straight games in the series after sweeping both games at Orono a year ago. The Black Bears won the opener 77-60 behind 22 points Anne-Simon before grabbing the game two victory, 74-51, with Maëva Carroll totaling 14 points, six rebounds and eight assists in the victory. Before NJIT joined the league, the two teams met in 2009, a contest won by NJIT in Newark by a score of 63-50. The very first meeting took place in 2008 when the Black Bears were defeated on their own ground, 68-60. Maine are 2-1 at home against NJIT.

Tale of the Band
Maine (4-7, 1-0) Category NJIT (6-6, 1-0)
55.2 Points per game 58.8
67.3 Opponent points per game 61.8
-12.1 Scoring margin -3.0
38.2 Field goal percentage 41.2
24.6 Percentage of field goals at 3 points 28.1
57.5 Free throw percentage 67.5
33.0 Rebounds Per Game 35.4
-7.2 Rebound margin +0.8
12.6 Assists per game 10.8
14.3 Turnover per game 19.7
13.7 Forced turnover per game 15.0
6.7 Flights by part 3.8
2.6 Blocks per game 3.9