EXAMPLE: Women’s Hoops open season with James Madison

Story Links Orono, Maine — The University of Maine women’s basketball team kicks off its 59th league season when it travels to ESPN+ on Monday, November 7 at 7 p.m. to defeat James Madison in the first meeting between the two programs since 2012. Maine is 34- 24 all-time in season openers and 5-2 in his last two season openers. The game can also be heard locally on 92.9 The Ticket and worldwide on GoBlackBears.com.A WATCH ON MAINE: Maine returns three starters (Simon, Bornemann, Gallego) to a squad picked to finish second in the election of America East preseason coaches. after 20-12, 15-3 to play in league. Maine, who reached the America East Championship game for the seventh straight season in 2021, fell in the title game against UAlbany before going on to face Boston College in the opening round of the WNIT. Simon, the reigning America East Player and Defensive Player of the Year, enters the season 16th on Maine’s all-time scoring list (1,166) after averaging 14.0 points per game during her first three seasons. Simon led the America East in scoring (16.0) and steals (2.8) per game a year ago. Bornemann, who was named to the America East All-Tournament Team in 2022, averaged 8.2 points and 4.2 rebounds a year ago, while leading Maine with a clip of 36.4 from a three-point range. . Gallego, an America East All-Rookie roster and three-time America East Rookie of the Week, averaged 3.1 points and 2.4 boards in 2021-22. The Black Bears also welcome Olivia Rockwood (32 g/4.1 pts) and Adrianna Smith (30 g/2.1/pts/2.0 rbs) with significant experience. Maine looks set to get key minutes from native Mainers Jaycie Christopher, the 2022 Maine Player of the Year, and Sarah Talon, a Miss Maine Basketball semifinalist. Maine welcomes four of the top six scorers (Simon, Bornemann, Rockwood, Gallego). Head Coach Amy Vachon returns for her sixth full season at the helm of the Black Bears and for her twelfth year as a staff member. Vachon, one of only two coaches in America East Conference history to be named Coach of the Year four times, has won the award in each of the past two seasons.

Maine led the America East in total triples (195) and three pointers per game (6.1). The Black Bears were also extremely efficient at handling the ball, ranking first in the Americas East and 53rd nationally with just 13.5 giveaways per game. The Black Bears also led the league in assists, with 14.3 helpers per game and second with 8.3 steals.

A LOOK AT JAMES MADISON: The Dukes, picked to finish sixth in the Sun Belt Conference preseason poll, set a 14-15 record in their final year of competition in the Colonial Athletic Association. James Madison is led by senior Kiki Jefferson, a preseason second-team squad from Sun Belt, who averaged 18.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in 2021-22. Jefferson was named to the All-CAA second team a year ago. The Dukes averaged 63.6 points per game, while last season they lost 64.6 points and placed third in the CAA with 39.9 rebounds per game.

SERIES WITH JAMES MADISON: The Dukes lead the all-time series, 2-3, and have won each of the past two encounters. Maine, 0-2 en route against JMU, last defeated the Dukes in 1997, an 85-62 win in a game that featured head coach Amy Vachon. The Dukes held the last meeting in the series, 88-34, played on December 28, 2012. Maine won the first-ever meeting in the series, 71-54, on December 29, 1991.

Tale of the Tape Maine Category JMU 58.3 points per game 63.6 56.8 Opponent points per game 64.6 +1.5 Score margin -1.0 40.5 FG Pct. 38.1 28.9 3-Pt FG Pct. 28.1 67.5 FT-pc. 73.3 32.7 Rebound per game 40.0 -1.6 Rebound margin +3.6 14.3 Assists per game 9.2 13.5 Revenue per game 15.7 16.3 Forced revenue per game 13, 5 8.7 Steels per game 5.9 2.7 Blocks per game 2.6 -UMaine-

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