BANGOR – Amy Vachon and Joanne P. McCallie downplayed he significance of their head-to-head matchup ahead of Thursday night’s game between No. 20 Duke and Maine.
Instead the former coach and player were focused on their respective teams, and honoring a fellow Black Bear.
Before just getting past Maine 66-63, McCallie joined Vachon on the court pregame to honor Stacey Porrini Clingan.
“Stacey Lynn Porrini was our first ever post player ever recruited by my staff to Maine. So she was one of the first and a true believer and team a wonderful person and I think Amy has done exceptional thing to get some alumni back to support honoring Stacey which is very very well deserved,” McCallie said.
Porrini ranked 17th on Maine’s all-time scoring list (1,128) and fifth in rebounding (929). She was on the first UMaine basketball team to make it to the NCAA Tournament (1995) and helped Maine make it to back-to-back tournament appearances the following two years.