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Re: WBB America East Championship: Hartford at Maine ESPNU

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:03 am

Maine confident in its young 'floor general' heading into America East title game
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Re: WBB America East Championship: Hartford at Maine ESPNU

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Re: WBB America East Championship: Hartford at Maine ESPNU

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:23 am

‘You have to want it:’ Determination makes UMaine’s guard an effective rebounder

...Sutton has grabbed 217 rebounds, including 91 offensive boards, after averaging 4.8 rebounds last season.

She also is contributing 12 points, 2.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game.

“She’s a beast,” praised UMaine sophomore guard Blanca Millan. “She is everywhere she has to be. She really wants the ball and she goes and gets it.

“She’s a really athletic girl. No one can stop her,” added Millan.

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Re: WBB America East Championship: Hartford at Maine ESPNU

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:27 am

Saar steady for UMaine women's basketball team

...But sixth-seeded Hartford (19-12) is on a five-game winning streak, including postseason upsets over No. 3 Binghamton and No. 2 Albany.

“When we come to play, the way we’re supposed to play, we can beat any team in this conference,” Hartford coach Kim McNeill said.

The Hawks’ specialty is an aggressive defense. They have forced an average of 23.5 turnovers during their winning streak.

That is where the 5-foot-6 Saar is so important.

“Dor definitely has to have a (good) game,” Vachon said. “Hartford is a team that puts a lot of pressure on you … and we didn’t do a good job of handling it last time.”

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Re: WBB America East Championship: Hartford at Maine ESPNU

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:35 am

America East women’s basketball championship game: Maine vs. Hartford
The Black Bears seek their first NCAA tournament berth since 2004.

STRONG SCHEDULES: Of 349 Division I teams, Maine had the 142nd toughest schedule, and toughest among America East teams, according to the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI). Among the Black Bears’ opponents were nationally ranked Mississippi State, Ohio State and Duke. Hartford had the second-toughest schedule in the conference (152nd nationally), with opponents such as Villanova, Syracuse and North Carolina.

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Re: WBB America East Championship: Hartford at Maine ESPNU

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:11 am

Preview: America East Title On the Line for Maine and Hartford on Friday

Orono, Maine -- The University of Maine women's basketball team will host its first America East title game since 1998 when it goes for its conference record eighth title on Friday, March 9 against No. 6 Hartford at the Cross Insurance Center at 4 p.m. Maine is 7-10 all-time in conference title games and will be looking for its first championship since 2004. The Black Bears, who are No. 22 in the College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 Poll, will be appearing in their third consecutive title game and their first championship contest against Hartford.

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Re: WBB America East Championship: Hartford at Maine ESPNU

Postby mikegormanfan » Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:08 am

I picked up my tix in the Hartford section...it's now unlocked

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Re: WBB America East Championship: Hartford at Maine ESPNU

Postby fafan » Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:37 am

mikegormanfan wrote:I picked up my tix in the Hartford section...it's now unlocked

GO BLUE


Great P/U Mike, good things come to those who wait ;)
Great articles Tom, Sierra DaCosta sounds like a real wild card knowing she did not play against in our two victories against them. If we can handle their pressure we should be all set. Dora Saar is the key to breaking their pressure and if she continues to play like she has I like our chances.
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Vachon and Rossignol

Postby imaump » Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:21 pm

Great game this afternoon. It was nice to see Maine kids step up. Oh wait, you can't win at the D1 level with Maine kids :-)

Maybe you can.

Looking forward to the NCAA's
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Maine women show why they deserved AE awards in big win

Postby bcbc55 » Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:27 pm

In the Maine women's exciting 74-65 win before 3373 partisan fans at Bangor's Cross insurance Center the home the double America East Champions of both the regular season and tournament which gets them to the Big Dance for the first time in 14 seasons.

Ironic that Coach Vachon was on those teams that made the big dance as the outstanding point guard to become the head coach and then lead them back to March Madness.

When a coach can take a team that was picked by her fellow America East Coaches to have her team finish 6th in the regular season coaches pre-season poll showed again today why she showed she was and should have been an unanimous selection as the AE's coach of the year as she made the needed and necessary adjustments at half-time of today's tournament championship final game along with the adjustments and coaching moves she made in their last 6 consecutive wins including the important home win for first place over defending champion Albany and then the 3 game run through the AE tourney to get to the Big dance by winning those games by double figures.

Blanca Millan showed why she was a first team all conference selection and a choice for the first defensive team as she scored 22 points in today's game. She scored 18 clutch points in the second half after only scoring 4 in the first half.

Dor Saar showed why she was the AE Rookie of the year and a lst team member of the all rookie team as she handled the Hartford different pressure defenses like a
veteran senior guard.

Parise Rossignol showed why she was the AE sixth player of the year choice as she came off the Maine bench and scored a dozen clutch points.

Tanesha Sutton who should have been a first AE team selection in this writer's opinion, but was chosen to the AE second team scored a 11 crucial points and was her usual aggressive self with her all around play.

Julie Brosseau started the positive day for Maine by scoring all of her 1 points in the first half points by hitting 4 threes in the early going and she finished with 16 points.

Fanny Wading had 10 points and 8 rebounds along with 6 assists in a great all around performance.

Maine had 20 assists on the 25 field goals they made for 80% which is a very, very outstanding teamwork performance. 6 players contributed in these assists, with Wadling with 6, Sutton 4, Brosseau and Saar 3 each, Millan and Rossignol 2 each.

Also, as a team Maine shot 15 of 17 from the foul line for 88.2% clutch shooting.

Maine also shot 50% from the floor on 25 of 50 and were 9 for 23 from beyond the arc for 39%.

Maine really turned up their defense that had given up 36 lst half point when they had been averaging just 55 ppg coming in. They held Hartford to just 11 3rd period point while scoring 24 themselves to break open the game to a 62-47 third quarter ending score.

Best game of the season that I have seen this year at any level featuring outstanding coaching, teamwork and a one for all and all for one basketball performance.

Since the Albany game Maine has improved their play with each of the 4 games.

Coach Vachon and her staff certainly have this team peaking at the exact right time and that is not a very easy thing to do during such a long season and the number of games they play.
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