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Women’s Basketball Begin Conference Road Trip at Maine Saturday Afternoon

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK
Vermont (9-6, 1-0 AE) will travel to Maine (8-7, 1-0 AE) on Saturday, January 6 to begin a three game conference road trip. Vermont and Maine were selected one and two, respectively, and were the only teams who received first place votes in the America East Preseason Poll. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m.
 
BROADCAST INFORMATION
Saturday’s matchup will be broadcast live on ESPN+. Fans can also listen to the game for free on the Varsity Network App, from Learfield on WVMT, which will air on 96.3 FM in Burlington, 105.9 FM in Plattsburgh, and 620 AM around the rest of the region, with Ryan Zimmerman on the call.
 
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AMERICA EAST PRESEASON POLL
Vermont was selected first in the America East Preseason Poll receiving 63 total points and seven first place votes. Maine was selected second in the Preseason Poll receiving a total 58 points. The Black Bears received the only two remaining first place votes. UAlbany (48), Binghamton (39) and NJIT (38) rounded out the top five. Anna Olson and Emma Utterback were each named to the 2023-24 America East Preseason All-Conference Team. For Maine, Adrianna Smith and Anne Simon were also both named to the 2023-24 America East Preseason All-Conference Team.
 
STARTING AMERICA EAST PLAY STRONG
Vermont began America East play with a 67-58 victory over New Hampshire at Patrick Gym on Thursday night. With the victory, the Catamounts extended their conference winning streak to 18 games, which is the sixth longest in the country. UVM had five players in double figures for the second time this season. Olson registered her second double-double of the season finishing with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Utterback scored a team-high 14 points to go with five assists on 54.5 percent from the floor.
 
AMONG THE BEST AMONG AMERICA EAST
Vermont is currently second in America East in opponents points per game (54.1) and second in scoring margin (+3.3). The Catamounts are third in opponent field goal percentage allowed at 39.1 percent per game and are also third in offensive field goal percentage at 43.3 percent per contest. Utterback is second in the conference in scoring (15.6), fifth in field goal percentage (46.8) and third in assists (4.6) per game. Olson is 10th in the conference in scoring (11.0), 12th in rebounding (5.9), first in field goal percentage (56.8 percent) and sixth in blocks (12) and seventh in blocks per game (0.8). Delaney Richason is fifth in total blocks (13) and blocks per game at 0.9.
 
NET RANKINGS
UAlbany currently leads America East with a NET rating of 122, followed by Maine (135) and Vermont (173) in the top 200. New Hampshire (261), NJIT (266), UMBC (281), Binghamton (289) and Bryant (294) are all in the top 300.
 
SCOUTING THE BLACK BEARS
Maine comes into Saturday’s matchup following a 55-43 victory over UMass Lowell in the America East opener on Thursday, January 4. Maine is averaging 63.3 points per game on 40.0 percent shooting from the floor and 28.5 percent from deep. On the defensive side, the Black Bears are surrendering 62.4 points per game on 42.2 percent field goal shooting and 30.0 percent from trey. Anne Simon leads Maine and the America East in scoring at 19.3 points per game and has registered two 30 point games this season. Simon is also averaging 7.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. Adrianna Smith has been dominant this season averaging 14.6 points, 10.9 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. Her rebounds lead the Black Bears and is first in America East while her assists leads the team as well and are second in the conference. Smith is the only player in the country averaging 10.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.
 
INSIDE THE SERIES
This will be the 102nd meeting all-time between the Black Bears and the Catamounts, with Maine holding a 64-37 advantage in the series. The first time these two teams met was in 1975 where Vermont came away with a 75-71 victory. Last season, Vermont earned a season sweep of Maine, for the first time since the 2010 season. In both of those seasons, the Catamounts went on to make the NCAA Tournament. During their two matchups last season, Olson led the Catamounts averaging 16.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game on 52.2 percent shooting. Utterback also had a strong season against the Black Bears averaging 14.0 points, 3.5 boards and 2.5 assists on 47.6 percent shooting in their two meetings. The longest winning streak for either team in the matchup is 12 games. Vermont won 12 straight from 2006 to 2011, while Maine earned 12 consecutive victories twice (1977 to 1985 and 1986 to 1991).  
 
WHAT’S NEXT
Following Saturday’s matchup, the Catamounts will continue their road trip at UMBC on Thursday, January 11. That game will be broadcast live on ESPN+ and is scheduled to tip at 11 a.m. Fans can also listen to the game for free on the Varsity Network App, from Learfield on WVMT, which will air on 96.3 FM in Burlington, 105.9 FM in Plattsburgh, and 620 AM around the rest of the region, with Ryan Zimmerman on the call.

Vermont Federal Credit Union is the presenting sponsor of Vermont Women’s Basketball 

 

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