ORONO – A familiar face returns to Maine women’s basketball tomorrow in a new shade of blue.
Duke will be making the trip up to Bangor Thursday to take on the Black Bears.
Amy Vachon will be across the court from her former coach at Maine, Joanne Palombo-McCallie, who is now the head coach for the Blue Devils.
During her time in Orono, Palombo-McCallie led the Black Bears to seven straight 20-win seasons and six straight NCAA tournament appearances while winning three conference coach of the year awards along the way.
The two teams squared off last season down in Durham with Duke coming out on top, as they have in all of their previous meetings.
While much is being made of this matchup by fans of the program, Vachon has been downplaying the significance of the game.
“I think it’s great for the people for the Maine more than it is anyone else..for me I’m focused on our team and what we have to do to beat Duke..it’s not a Coach Palumbo-me thing,” said Vachon.
For the players on the other hand see this game a little different.
None of them played for Palombo-McCallie but they do recognize the gravity of a team like Duke coming to town.
“It’s not every day schools the caliber of Duke play us here..we thrive playing at home and we think we’re going to have a big crowd..so we’re excited to play,” said senior Parise Rosignol.