ORONO – Thursday Maine women’s basketball will be on a flight to Austin, Texas. But, before it takes off for the Lone Star State it will be preparing for Texas, its opponent in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The No. 2 Longhorns boast one of the best offenses in the country as they average just over 80 points per game. It’s also worth noting that Texas lost to No. 1 UConn by just four points this season. The Huskies haven’t lost in just under a year.
There is no doubt Maine is facing a steep uphill battle against the Longhorns, but Amy Vachon believes the Black Bears have the blueprint to compete with the Longhorns.
“They’re more athletic than us and they’re better at it so we can’t get into that game with them. We need to control the tempo and control the boards. If we do those two things and we compete at a high level I think we’ll be alright,” Vachon said.
If Maine wants to have any chance against the Longhorns it’ll need a big game out of forward Fanny Wadling. The sophomore exploded in the America East title game against Hartford scoring 10 points, grabbing eight rebounds, and dishing out six assists.
Wadling admitted that she played desperate in the title game and that it had a direct correlation to her success against the Hawks.