Mosher making strides

Sport: Basketball (Girls)

Posted: March 23rd, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Mosher making strides

Christina Mosher was in a lot of different roles this season. She began as an unused reserve, gradually became a starter and ended the winter as one of the top players off the bench for the University of Maine women's basketball team.

Mosher was a freshman on a team with little experience, and the 6-foot-2 Mt. Blue High School grad mostly sat and watched in the early going. Of UMaine's first six games, she played a total of six minutes in two and didn't get off the bench in the other four.

"She didn't stick out immediately," UMaine coach Cindy Blodgett said. "She slowly continued to work on her footwork, pick up the offense, that sort of thing, and found herself playing more minutes."

Although the Black Bears had a rebounding edge on their opponents this season, Mosher's ability on the boards was what Blodgett especially liked about her. Mosher twice led the Bears in rebounds, and her per-minute rebounding rate was the second best on the team.

"She's a very good offensive rebounder," Blodgett said. "She has an ability to come find the ball. You can't really teach that."

Blodgett wanted to bring Mosher along slowly, but with Maine on its way to a 7-23 record, she had more room -- and reason -- to experiment. Mosher played 29 minutes Feb. 13 against Albany, then started three days later against Stony Brook.

"It was amazing, to say the least," Mosher said. "It's been a dream for so long to help out the team, just to be entrusted to give it your all to start the game."

Mosher started the next three games before returning to the role of a substitute for the final three games of the regular season. She was one of only three reserves Blodgett used as the Bears fell to Stony Brook 64-58 in the quarterfinals of the America East tournament.

"We have great team chemistry," Mosher said. "We come to practice and still work hard. We've never given up on the season. Even though the games haven't gone our way, we haven't stopped trying for it."

Mosher also enjoyed playing under Blodgett, a Lawrence High and UMaine grad in her first season coaching the Black Bears.

"She's a great coach," Mosher said. "She's very patient with us. She looks out for us. Not just on the court, too. She's there if we need her off the court."

Mosher played 15.5 minutes per game this season. Blodgett thinks that number can go up with some improvements. She would like Mosher to get stronger, as Mosher often had trouble finishing inside baskets when she got bumped.

"It's all going to depend on how hard she wants to work," Blodgett said. "It's really the same for everyone on this team. They all have potential to play big minutes."

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