ORONO – Maine women’s basketball opened practice this week for their 2018 campaign.
The Black Bears won the America East regular season and conference tournament, and return a majority of their team.
“For us of course you get a taste of that and you want to go back..it’s just kind of how it is,” said head coach Amy Vachon.
Vachon was the interim head coach last year, but is full time now.
“I kind of went through last year feeling like I was the head coach ..interim or not I felt that was what I had to do to be the best for our kids,” she said.
Junior forward Fanny Wadling said the only difference between this year and last year is the outward perception of the program: “For me its the same as last year..we knew we were good we just had to prove it to everyone around us.. this year we know we’re good and everyone around us knows it too.” Parise Rossignol, senior guard, echoed this sentiment saying, “we’re reigning champions and we have target on our back.. that definitely puts us in a different position this year but we’re excited.”
The 2018-2019 schedule features a strong nonconference showing, including meetings against Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Northeastern.
“The past four years I’ve been here our nonconference has been very competitive..it’s good for us and we grow from it,” said redshirt senior guard Tanesha Sutton.
They open the regular season November 10 against Toledo.