Tuesday, 31 October 2017 18:11

Maine women's basketball looks for boost in effort

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BANGOR - "On the line," the phrase came out of Maine women's basketball coach Amy Vachon's mouth numerous time at practice Tuesday as her team searches for a boost in effort.



The Black Bears ran sprints throughout practice as they looked sluggish during offensive drills.


The intense practice comes after Maine's tough 68-49 to Division II Stonehill on Saturday, a game the Black Bears got outplayed in every facet.


“This [Stonehill game] was a wake up call for us they outworked us 100 percent,” forward Fanny Wadling said.


“To be honest with you it was surprising because they do give good effort and they’re great kids I think the first thing for them was to watch it they saw it and when they watched what we watched on Saturday they were embarrassed,” Vachon said.


With every sprint the effort improved at practice.


But, they still aren’t satisfied three days removed from Saturday's game.


"Practice has been a lot better so I think we have it in us, but for some reason we haven’t brought it out yet,” Wadling said.


“I know that we can be better and we will be better so I’m just looking forward and I know that we will be better in the other games,” guard Dor Saar said.


The good news for Maine is that it has 10 days to prepare for its season opener against Tulane.


“There’s a lot of time to get better and to improve and I think this team really wants to you know and they’re going to do what they need to improve,” Vachon said.


Andrew Badillo

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