The University of Maine Black Bears have returned to a women’s basketball game at home.
The University of Maine women’s basketball team lost a home game earlier this month when they were unable to travel to Binghamton, New York due to COVID-19 cases under the Black Bear program.
America East decided to reschedule the game to the same weekend UMaine was to host Binghamton but, instead, is sending UMaine to Binghamton to play a pair of games over three days on February 4 and 6.
The league followed this same scheduling ideology by sending the University of Maryland from Baltimore County to Maine for a pair of games on February 26 and 27.
UMaine was supposed to travel to UMBC for a game last Saturday, but COVID-19 cases at UMBC forced the postponement of the game, along with the UMBC contest in Binghamton on Monday.
UMaine will now host UMBC on Saturday, February 26 at Memorial Gym in Orono, then face the Retrievers the following afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
The time for the Feb. 26 game has yet to be determined.
By sending UMBC to Maine, America East will minimize travel.
There are 548 miles between Orono and Vestal, New York, where Binghamton plays its home games. There are 636 miles between Orono and Baltimore.
This will make for a busy streak of three games in five days for both teams.
UMaine is scheduled to travel to Albany for a game on Wednesday, Feb. 23, while UMBC is scheduled to host Hartford on the same day.
This weekend will be the last weekend of the regular season.
The playoffs will begin with the quarter-finals the following Wednesday, March 2. The semi-finals will take place on Sunday March 6 and the championship match will take place on Friday March 11.
All matches will be played on the home ground of the highest ranked team.
The struggling Black Bears, just 2-3 in their last five games, including a first-ever home loss to UMass Lowell 60-55 last Wednesday, play New Hampshire on Wednesday at 4 p.m. before hosting Vermont on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Center.
UMaine is 6-10 overall and 3-3 in the conference.
UNH is 4-13 and 1-5, respectively, but lost by just three (57-54) to UMass Lowell last weekend. UNH has lost 11 of its last 12 games.
UMaine defeated UNH at the Cross Insurance Center 77-51 on January 13.
Vermont is 11-7, 5-2 and will host league leader Stony Brook (15-2, 6-1) on Wednesday. The Catamounts will begin a four-game winning streak in their game with the defending tournament champion America East Seawolves.
UMaine rallied to beat Vermont 64-58 on Dec. 30.