ORONO – For UMaine Women’s Basketball, the last couple months have proved valuable despite COVID-19 hurdles.
The Black Bears have been practicing in some shape or form since August, all with the expectation that come November, the season will tip-off, now against Mississippi State at Mohegan Sun.
The group has been practicing with masks throughout the fall as part of COVID-19 safety precautions, and for fifth-year player Blanca Millan, the face coverings have basically just become part of the uniform.
“You just get so used to it that you kind of forget about it. Some days it’s a little bit harder, or if we run more or less you can feel it a little bit more, but we’ve been doing it for two or three months now, so it’s just kind of normal,” Millan said.
The Black Bears enter the upcoming season with five freshman on the roster. After injuries plagued the team last year before the season was halted, the depth and potential of the young group has already caught the team’s attention.
“They are such a talented group, they’re working really really hard. They get things really fast. I said it to Coach once in the circle, it was probably the class that go things fastest, so I’m really excited about it. They are all really really excited,” Millan said.