ORONO – Maine women’s basketball captain Blanca Millan has already proven herself to Black Bear Nation as a dominant player. She was one of the best in America East last season, but she’s working towards bigger goals as she grows as a player.
“It’s really hard to be away from home for four years, trying to follow your dreams and work really hard for it and there’s people that don’t even know you’re here,” said Millan.
Millan made a statement in the first two games of the season. She scored 37 points on opening night against Delaware, 27 points in surprise loss to Brown in game two. Maine lost two of its next three, including their home opener against Boston University. “It sucks to lose we hate to lose but I also know it’s going to make us tougher, we’re going to take it to heart and work really really hard from now,” said Millan.
In spite of early offensive success, she’s not done growing. She payed attention to the summer work head coach Amy Vachon gave her, “[Millan]’s been at the free throw line a lot in the first two games which is very different than previous seasons and that shows that her mentality is to use what she worked on in the offseason and get to the rim, there aren’t a lot of people that can stop her when she does that.”
Milan knows her skills; so do the team and the conference as a whole. .She has come to terms with the lack recognition she receives from her home country, Spain, but wants to make a statement and prove she can play at the next level.
“I always say my goal, number one, was to play in WNBA, so that’s why I came here, I know it’s very hard but that’s why I’m here, been working for four years for that, and I absolutely want to go back to Europe to play pro there at some point.”