ORONO – When Division II Stonehill College beat Maine women’s basketball in the opening exhibition game of the season, UMaine knew it let itself down.
“We knew what kind of team we were built to, but we were not reaching it,” guard Julie Brosseau said. “So we just put more effort and more energy in those games. We compete. And we more [sic] focused. And it really helped us.”
Since the Black Bears turned up the intensity, the difference has been extremely noticeable. Quick transition defense and dynamite shooting, particularly from beyond the arc, has displayed the kind of versatility this year’s team brings to the table in America East. A pair of strong outings against Top 25 teams in Miami and Ohio State, the latter of which saw Brosseau match the program’s record for 3’s in a game with seven, displayed the weapons in its arsenal. And as Maine enters conference play shortly, she believes the shooting ability combined with versatility can carry it deep.
“Its a big part, but its not all we can do,” she said. “We can score on the post, some players can drive and kick out. You know, we have a lot of ways to score I think.”
Maine hosts Dartmouth this Saturday afternoon.