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Re: UMaine Basketball - Women: 2017-18

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue May 09, 2017 5:10 am

Forward from Washington, D.C., commits to UMaine women’s basketball program

...Carroll is the third frontcourt player to commit to UMaine this spring, joining Kira Berra of Germany and Ashlyn McDonnell of Tennessee.

UMaine has had to rebuild its roster this spring after the departure of five players to transfer.

Other recruits for 2017-2018 include guards Dor Saar of Israel and Kelly Fogarty of Walpole, Massachusetts, while Van Buren’s Parise Rossignol recently announced that she’s rejoining the program.

Carroll’s participation at UMaine is contingent upon her admission to the school and meeting NCAA Clearinghouse requirements.

http://bangordailynews.com/2017/05/08/s ... l-program/
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Re: UMaine Basketball - Women: 2017-18

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed May 10, 2017 3:37 am

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Re: UMaine Basketball - Women: 2017-18

Postby turkeyman » Wed May 10, 2017 11:23 am

We know enough now to have an idea of what the team will be like this year.

The five coming in are cumulatively 12 inches shorter than the five who transferred, or more than two inches per player. That reverses last year's class, which was two inches taller than the 2015-16 team. One gone at 6-3 replaced by 6-3, two gone at 6-2 replaced by 6-2 and 5-10, one gone at 6-0 replaced by 5-6 and one gone at 5-10 replaced by 5-8.

Different team, different game. Guards galore, only four six-footers. At least one, though (Blanca) plays above her height (5-11) by a couple of inches.

Two new players may help right away. Kira Barra seems a similar body type to Fanny, and one of them should wind up playing back to the basket. Fanny played mostly the four last year, and some Euro scouting sites show Kira as a five. If Dor Saar can take the point most of the time, Blanca, Tanesha and Julie can focus on the two and the three, their natural positions.

Guess we'll find out if there's something in the Virginia air -- Maeve Carroll's home is 30 miles from Liz Wood's home -- that nurtures strong, all-round, somewhat overlooked players. Maeve had some DI attention from Ivy and Patriot League teams but mostly flew under the radar. (Phil Stern, UMBC coach, said he never heard of Liz Wood when she played high school ball 95 miles from UMBC.) Friends in DC, whose son coaches in an independent league there, tell me Maeve's school and coaches are first rate. Her bio resembles Liz's, not to put a monkey on her back. Her school has won something like 11 straight Independent League titles, so she comes from a winning tradition.

Ashlyn McDonald may begin backing the fours and fives and grow into a solid player. That is how KJ has developed, and one or both of them may see major minutes this year. Parise Rossignol is a known quality. Reliable shooter. When Liz needed one assist to get her only collegiate triple-double, Barron put Rossignol in to take the pass. Rossignol nailed a trey from the corner to give Liz the triple-double.

With Julie, Blanca, Tanesha, Kelly Fogarty ("best shooter in Massachusetts"), Maddy McVicar and Parise, someone should have the hot hand downtown every game. And that doesn't even count Sierra Tapley, from whom we haven't heard because she red-shirted.

Reading between the lines, we can start to get some idea of what went on last season. Tweets from coaches, including Barron, who has resumed his twitter habit, tell us a bit. He tweeted on Monday, "Considering #of athletes transferring, I'm reminded of favorite quote. 'Grass isn't greener on other side, it's greener where you water it.'" He also tweeted that eight of the top 25 national recruits last year have transferred. Oklahoma lost its entire freshman class (four, I believe) and other top programs, including Maryland, are seeing defections. Barron has tweeted that the rate in wbb for transfers is 9.8 percent. That's lower than Maine's losses from last year, but higher than Maine's over, say, the past five years combined. And, eight of 25 top recruits isn't far off Maine's loss of five on a roster of 14.

Another UMaine coach tweeted last week, "With the exception of absolute fools, we do not differ much in intellect, only in zeal and hard work."

Both tweets suggest that some players, perhaps some or all of the transfers, didn't buy in completely. Certainly, some freshmen developed very well (Fanny, Blanca, Julie, maybe Anita) while others came along more slowly. PT certainly reflected that development. Maybe more will come out about attitude, work ethic, etc., among those leaving.

It is more than passing strange that Laia Sole went to Duquesne after Maine brought her to this country. Her older sister, Judith, did the same thing, going to Duquesne after Robert Morris brought her to the States. The Soles will never play together since Laia has to sit out Judith's senior year to meet NCAA eligibility rules.

If duke11 is correct, and s/he usually is, we have at least one coaching change coming, and it is likely to be a new coach with Maine connections.

Hope we're near the end of the changes for 2017-18 so the coaches still have some scholarships and Maine gets back to a more usual four-four-four-three recruiting pattern.

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Re: Basketball - Women: 2017-18

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:08 am

UMaine sophomore to play in U19 FIBA World Cup tournament

Blanca Millan, who had a solid freshman campaign for the University of Maine women’s basketball team last season, will be suiting up for her native Spain in the upcoming FIBA U19 World Cup.

The tourney kicks off in Udine, Italy on July 22.

Millan, a versatile 5-foot-11 guard, ranked third on the team while scoring 8.6 points per game and averaging 2.9 rebounds last season in helping the Black Bears (18-16) earn a trip to the America East championship game.

http://bangordailynews.com/2017/06/27/s ... ournament/
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Re: Basketball - Women: 2017-18

Postby fafan » Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:38 pm

Sigi going pro. Good for her, I know she had a desire to continue her schooling so I am sure she will give this a try and then return to school. Quite a talented lady both on and off the court, wish her nothing but the best.

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Re: Basketball - Women: 2017-18

Postby bcbc55 » Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:01 pm

fafan wrote:Sigi going pro. Good for her, I know she had a desire to continue her schooling so I am sure she will give this a try and then return to school. Quite a talented lady both on and off the court, wish her nothing but the best.

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[quote="fafan"]Sigi going pro. Good for her, I know she had a desire to continue her schooling so I am sure she will give this a try and then return to school. Quite a talented lady both on and off the court, wish her nothing but the best.

fafan: Could not agree more with you about Sigi. As good a player as she was for Maine, she is an even better human being.

Really enjoyed watching her play the 4 years. Will miss her next year.

Probably the best all around point guard in UMaine women's basketball history,

The best certainly at making her teammates better.

I think she has enough basketball skills to play in the WNBA.
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Re: Basketball - Women: 2017-18

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:41 am

UMaine Women's Basketball Players Earn Chance to Play for Their Countries

The UMaine women's basketball roster has been filled for years with players from all over the world.
A few of them will represent their national teams this summer. Blanca Millan left today for Spain's U19 World Championship team camp. She's 1 of 19 players vying for 12 spots. Sweden's Fanny Wadling will compete for her country at the U20 European Championships in a few weeks in Portugal.
Dor Sarr will represent her native Israel at the U18 European Championships in Ireland this august amd Julie Brosseau is playing for her Canadian province internationally in Argentina as well.

http://www.wabi.tv/content/sports/UMain ... 47093.html
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Re: Basketball - Women: 2017-18:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Jul 08, 2017 2:57 am

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UMaine Women's Basketball Announces Assistant Coaches, Anderson Returns to Program
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Re: Basketball - Women: 2017-18:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Jul 08, 2017 3:58 am

‘It has been a little crazy:” UMaine coach endures whirlwind first four months

...“Whirlwind would be a good way to describe it,” said Vachon. “It has been a little crazy. But it comes with the territory.”

When freshman forwards Laia Sole, Anita Kelava and Tihana Stojsavljevic and guard Naira Caceres decided to seek greener pastures along with seldom-used sophomore guard Isabel Hernandez Pepe, Vachon found herself in a difficult predicament trying to identify capable replacements.

But Vachon, a former UMaine point guard, isn’t the type of person to feel sorry for herself.

The five-player exodus may have touched a nerve, but she refuses to dwell on it.

“I’ve moved on from it. I don’t want to talk about it. It’s in the past. It is what it is,” said Vachon, who in January was appointed to replace head coach Richard Barron when he announced he was going to take a medical leave because of a debilitating illness. He will remain on medical leave through the 2017-2018 season but he is improving.

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Re: Basketball - Women: 2017-18:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Jul 09, 2017 4:20 am

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