ORONO – Many underestimate the grind of travel, especially when it comes to a college basketball team. And that can hinder one’s ability to get ready for what’s next.
“We really haven’t had all that much time to prepare. We traveled all day [Monday], and had a short practice today,” Maine women’s basketball interim head coach Amy Vachon said Tuesday. “But they know what to expect.”
Vachon is referring to what he team will see when they face the Toledo Rockets Thursday, followed by Ohio St. this weekend. It’s the second-consecutive far road trip for Maine, which is coming off a successful slate in Miami as part of the school’s Thanksgiving tournament.
“It can be hard. But that’s part of playing at the University of Maine, and part of why we’re tough,” she said. “We don’t complain about it. We don’t boo-hoo about it. We just move on.”
These opponents are no slouch either. Three of Maine’s last four games have been against squads that were in the NCAA Tournament last year, but Vachon said that builds her team’s character more than anything else.
“Our team loves to compete,” she said. “And they like to see how they can measure up against different teams. So we need to bring that effort the same day, no matter who we play.”