ORONO – Fresh off the heels of an NCAA Tournament run, the University of Maine women’s basketball teams is set to lose one of its most crucial pieces.
The school announced early Thursday morning guard Julie Brosseau, one of the Black Bears’ sharpest shooters, has been granted permission to talk to other programs as she seeks to transfer.
“I had two amazing years spent here at the University of Maine that I wouldn’t trade for anything,” Brosseau said in a statement released by UMaine. “I had the chance to meet beautiful people and create a family with my teammates that I love so much. I know that those relationships are for a lifetime.:
Brosseau’s ability to hit big shots were critical for Maine this season in particular, including a couple of late three-pointers against Albany in the regular season finale that helped clinch Maine the America East regular season title. As a starter this year, the sophomore averaged 11.3 points per game, while logging more than 27 minutes per game.
“My desire is to continue my college career at another University,” she said. “My decision wasn’t easy, but I had to follow my heart. I truly want the best for the University of Maine program. I know that Coach Vachon and her coaching staff wouldn’t give anything but their best to make it happen. I am so grateful and thankful to have had the opportunity to play for them. Thank you again, Black Bear Nation, and to our awesome fans.”
Maine women’s basketball head coach Amy Vachon spoke highly of the talented guard.
“We want to thank Julie for her two years at the University of Maine,” Vachon said. “Julie is a tremendous basketball player, but an even better student and person and we have loved having her at UMaine. We wish her nothing but the best as she pursues a new challenge.”
Despite the loss, Vachon isn’t worried considering how frequent transfers have become.
“You know to lose a kid year is definitely not abnormal. Julie has expressed a desire to play somewhere else so we support her. People make a huge deal about it. It’s not really a huge deal. It’s part of our landscape in college athletics these days.”
As of now, Brosseau is unsure as to where she will play next. She came to Maine from Quebec, and experienced success playing internationally last summer prior to returning to campus.
While one Black Bear exits, two more enter.
The program announced the addition of guards Doga Alper and Rongomai Timson. Both come in with impressive resumes as Alper has represented Turkey on the national stage and Timson is a three-star recruit. Despite their success, Vachon isn’t necessarily setting expectations for the two newcomers to play big roles right away.
“I mean you never know. Yea it would be great but we have 11 kids coming back who are tremendous. Like I told them in our meeting, you have to compete for your spot and so if they earn a spot absolutely,” Vachon said.