Maine women shooting 89.4% from Line in 2 Tourney games!

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Maine women shooting 89.4% from Line in 2 Tourney games!

Postby bcbc55 » Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:18 pm

The Maine women's basketball team has seen the rim seem to get smaller and the ball seem to get bigger in their FG and 3 point shooting percentages in their one and done win or go home two America East Conference tournament games.

However, they have seen the rim seem to get bigger and the ball seem to get smaller as they are shooting 89.4% from the foul line on 42-47. In fact, in their win over Albany at their home practice facility today the "PIT" at Memorial Gym they made 22 in a row before missing a foul shot and finished 24 of 26. They won 66-51 by 15 points and outscored Albany 24 to 8 from the line for a 16 point margin.

During this 42-47 foul shooting hot streak Sutton is 19-20, Saar is 12-13, Millan is 6-9, McVicar is 2-2 and Rossignol is 3-3.

However, they have struggled from the floor on 41-123 for 33.4% and from beyond the arc they are 11-41 for only 26.9%. Today you might expect them to shoot better from the floor and for 3's as they were playing on their daily practice floor.

However, they are only taking 33.3% of their FGA's as threes on 41 of 123 FGA's.

It has been Maine's foul shooting and their defense that got them their two tournament wins. They only allowed UNH 36 points and Albany 51 for an average of just 43.5ppg. Defense and foul shooting win tournament games.

Maine is taking the ball to the basket as they got to the foul line for 23.5 foul shots for the 2 games for the total of 47 attempted. They are only taking 33.3% of the FGA's as 3's where as earlier in the season they were over 40%, but since getting to the conference schedule they have reduced this stat which has really helped them to be 17-1 in conference play.

Maine meets Hartford who they split with at each teams home site on Friday at 5:00pm at the CIC in Bangor.

Hartford winning at Hartford 49-46 and Maine winning 78-58 at Bangor.
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Re: Maine women shooting 89.4% from Line in 2 Tourney games!

Postby CFJunior » Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:42 am

The message from the Hartford coach should be simple. Don't put Maine on the foul line and we can win the America East title.

However, what I noticed yesterday was a lot of holding and grabbing of Sutton and Milan. The entire 1st quarter both players were visibly upset by the physical play and the lack of whistles. The officials did finally start calling those fouls. We'll see if Hartford tries the same thing on Friday.

I think a really good match-up zone might be the way to defend Maine. As Coach Cim said, "the rim is getting smaller and the ball bigger in the post season." Until Maine hits some outside shots or can effectively attack the seems of the zone that is the defense I would play. Zones usually limit the fouls you take as well. Should be a great title game, and Maine should be the favorite at home.
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Re: Maine women shooting 89.4% from Line in 2 Tourney games!

Postby mainejeff » Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:13 am

Albany seemed more comfortable in the Pit to begin the game than Maine did. When you think about it.....it was just another road game for Albany. For Maine it was a "home" game at a place where they never play actual games. :roll: :oops: It definitely affected their FG shooting.

Anyway.....UM made lemonade out of lemons and it was a good promotional/marketing thing......but these annual scheduling snafus need to stop. I would like to know what the language in the contract with the CIC is regarding scheduling.
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Re: Maine women shooting 89.4% from Line in 2 Tourney games!

Postby dunbar » Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:50 am

mainejeff wrote:Albany seemed more comfortable in the Pit to begin the game than Maine did. When you think about it.....it was just another road game for Albany. For Maine it was a "home" game at a place where they never play actual games. :roll: :oops: It definitely affected their FG shooting.

Anyway.....UM made lemonade out of lemons and it was a good promotional/marketing thing......but these annual scheduling snafus need to stop. I would like to know what the language in the contract with the CIC is regarding scheduling.


Agreed, but this is going to continue to happen as long as the University of Maine does not have an adequate Division I basketball facility of their own. The issues with the broadcast were unacceptable (no graphics, stream down). Additionally, if you hold games in Memorial Gym, you MUST put the side baskets up. If they can't move them, replace them. The support columns cause enough obstructed views.

It's interesting that the atmosphere seemed astronomically better. It's like the crowd was younger or something...
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