ORONO – Earlier this week, the Maine women’s basketball program released its non-conference schedule, a sign basketball season is not as far off as many would perceive. With that said, several Black Bears have been active this offseason, playing overseas in order to build their pedigree headed into next season.
Guard Blanca Millan shined this past season for UMaine, and had hoped to play for the U-19 Spanish FIBA squad, but struggled with injury before she could make the team. Sophomore Fanny Wadling showed significant signs of promise last year, and is already doing so one more with the Swedish U-20 team. Fellow sophomore Julie Brosseau also recently finished up a stint in Argentina with a unit from Quebec.
In addition, new point guard Dor Saar is gaining experience with a U-18 Isreali team. Interim head coach Amy Vachon is hopeful the players abroad will come back with pride in their abilities after going against some of the best out there.
“We hope they bring back some confidence,” Vachon said. “They play, it’s a different kind of style of basketball, but it’s very highly competitive. They’re playing against some of the best players in the world, so we hope they bring back confidence, we hope they get better from playing against some of these great players.”