ORONO – With just seven games left for Maine women’s basketball, it’s the time of year to be putting on your best performances but some players have more motivation than others.
When clock starts ticking on your career, it can be fantastic motivation.
“I’m realizing that I don’t have many games left in a Maine uniform and I just want to go out there and not put any pressure on myself. I think when I give myself the freedom to just play and have fun that’s when I’m most confident,” said senior guard Parise Rossignol.
It’s this part of the season that makes seniors like Rossignol nostalgic: “once you get in the conference season it flies by so fast..that’s when it hit me that I need to appreciate every moment I have left.”
Not all seniors are phased by this impending end.
“There’s no increased sense of urgency. I think it’s just a matter of just continuing to do what we’re doing and do what we do best,” said redshirt senior Tanesha Sutton.
Even with that extra motivation, the seniors are not the entire reason this team has been so successful.
When you have five players on the floor at a given time that know how to shoot, defenses have no one to isolate.
“When you play a team sport you have to trust the fourteen or thirteen other players you have around and if you trust them and they trust you everything is going to be easier,” said junior guard Blanca Millan.
Judging by the numbers these teammates trust each other.
They average over sixteen assists a game and they haven’t had less than twenty assists in their last four wins.
“We play each other in practice every single day and we know what everyone is capable of and I think when you have that it makes you a special team,” said Rossignol.
As the season winds down each team is going to want the opportunity to beat this special team.
“We understand that everyone is looking to play us and they’re going to give us [their] best, so we’re just going to come out there and give them our best back,” said Sutton.
They’ll look to keep their win streak alive Wednesday night against Vermont.
“We’re going to have to bring a really good defensive game and just continue to do what we’ve been doing offensively,” said head coach Amy Vachon.