The University of Maine Women’s Basketball team has had quite a turn around. Last year the team won just 4 games and finished the year at 4-24, This year the Bears had one of the biggest turnarounds in Division One winning 17 games. Tomorrow they play in the semifinals of the National Women’s Basketball Invitational Tournament. During the recently completed Eastern Maine Tournament Richard Barron told me that he is very excited about the excitement the team is generating.
Barron:”There’s a lot of great things about Maine basketball. The support we get from the community is great and it shows at the High School level too. The attendance here is tremendous. I think the more people get down to see this Arena and see how easy it is to get in and out the more people are going to want to come see us play. We have had some great games some very exciting games and our attendance has grown each and every time. We are really excited about the future both of playing here and with our program and where we are headed.”
The team will have a County Connection again next year. Parise Rossignol of Van Buren will join the team. She will become the first County player on the team since Tracy Guerrette graduated in 2003. Barron said that having players from the State on the team helps build the fan base.
Barron: ” Our biggest priority is to get the players who can help us win basketball games. When we can get in State talent that is big plus for our program and builds a lot of community support. Whether it’s Courtney Anderson, Rachel Burns, Siggy who played at Stearns even though she is from Austria. Parise is the next in that line and we are very excited to have kids who played High School basketball in Maine come to the University.