Game Preview: Women's Basketball vs. Green Mountain & Castleton University

Game Preview: Women's Basketball vs. Green Mountain & Castleton University


Friday, February 5, 2016

Green Mountain College (0-17, 0-12) at University of Maine at Farmington (10-8, 8-3)

Dearborn Gym • Farmington, Maine • 5:30 p.m.


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Castleton University (15-4, 10-2) at University of Maine at Farmington (10-8, 8-3)

Dearborn Gym • Farmington, Maine • 1:00 p.m.


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UMaine-Farmington closed last week with a 1-2 record. The Beavers wrapped up non-conference play on Tuesday at Colby with a 66-59 loss, as Meghan Smith recorded her 11th double-double of the season with 17 points and 14 rebounds. UMF grabbed a conference win on Friday night at Lyndon, 73-48, as Cheyenne Malloy recorded a game-high 17 points, while the team shot 10-of-10 in the third quarter. Smith led the Beavers on Saturday at Johnson State with 19 points, but lost 70-67 on a buzzer-beater.    


UMF and Green Mountain squared off in an early season meeting with the Beavers coming out on top, 76-36. Cheyenne Malloy set a career-high with 20 points and shot 70.0% (7-10) from the field. Meghan Smith netted 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor.


Since the 2008-2009 season when the teams started playing twice a year in conference play, UMF is 15-0 all time against Green Mountain.


The Eagles rank fourth in the North Atlantic Conference with 13.8 offensive rebounds per game and average 39.4 total rebounds per game. Over the last three months, Green Mountain's scoring average has continued to increase. In the month of January alone, the Eagles had their best statistical month of the season from long range by sinking 44 attempts, more than double the amount from November and December.


The Beavers upset the preseason favorite Castleton Spartans on the road in only the second conference game of the year with a 76-72 win. Meghan Smith tallied a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Kelly Pomerleau had 15 points, shot 4-for-4 from three point land, with four rebounds and three assists. Elizabeth Ferry added 14 points and eight rebounds and made all six trips to the foul line.


Since 2001-2002, Castleton has a slight advantage over UMF with a 13-12 lead in the series. The win at Castleton in December snapped a nine-game skid for Farmington. UMF's biggest winning streak was seven games from 2001-2007 and looking for its first season sweep since the 2010-2011 season.


The Spartans are a very disciplined team with a four-game winning streak in tact. Castleton is shooting 38% from the field and 30.5% from three-point land. The Spartans are the best foul shooting team in the league (67.9%) and take care of the ball by only averaging 14.7 turnovers per game. Castleton is coming off an outstanding performance against Colby-Sawyer where the Spartans held a 40-7 lead at the break in an eventual 69-27 win.


UMF will be wearing red warm-up jerseys on Friday night as a part of the Go Red for Women campaign to raise awareness for heart disease and stroke. The Beavers encourage everyone to wear red, raise their voices, know their cardiovascular risk and take action to live longer, healthier lives.


For Green Mountain, freshman guard Sherelle Jackson has netted at least 10 points in seven straight games, including a personal-best in conference play Tuesday at New England College with 17 points. In her last seven games, she is averaging 13.4 points and close to four assists per contest.

For Castleton, senior guard Jade Desroches leads the team in scoring with 11.1 points per game and registered double figures 11 times this season. In last season's duel in Dearborn Gym, Desroches nearly recorded a triple-double with 30 points, eight rebounds, and seven steals.

For UMF, sophomore guard Cheyenne Malloy had a great stretch last weekend by averaging 14.0 points per game. Malloy shot 47.0% (9-19) from the field, 58% (7-12) from beyond the arc, and 60% (3-5) from the foul line. In only her third-career conference game, Malloy scored a career-high 20 points on December 5 at Green Mountain.