Maine Women's Basketball Decides to Not Play In America East Tournament

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine women's basketball team and athletic officials have announced they will not participate in the 2013 America East Basketball Championship at the University of Albany that begins Friday, March 9.

The announcement comes in the aftermath of the Feb. 26 bus accident on Interstate 95 near Georgetown, Mass. in which the bus driver was injured and a UMaine player sustained a broken hand.

"It has been a difficult time for these student-athletes following the accident," says Robert Dana, vice president for student affairs and dean of students. "Our focus has been and continues to be the health and well-being of these players in their athletic and academic lives. Knowing students as I do and having consulted with experts, my recommendation to President Ferguson, AD Abbott and Coach Barron is that the UMaine women's basketball team end its season to spend this time continuing to recuperate. They are back in the UMaine community and that's what matters. Seeing them back on the road for the tournament would have been difficult and not in their best interest."

Coach Richard Barron and Athletic Director Steve Abbott talked with the student-athletes Monday morning and afternoon before notifying America East of UMaine's decision.

The No. 8-ranked UMaine squad was scheduled to meet No. 1-seeded Albany on Friday evening at 6 p.m. in the quarterfinal round of the tournament.

UMaine player Milica Mitrovic sustained a broken hand and a bus driver was injured after the bus transporting the team to a game at Boston University went off Interstate 95 near Georgetown, Mass. at about 8:30 p.m. Feb. 26. Coach Barron was treated for minor facial lacerations and three staff members sustained concussions. All the players and staff on the bus were taken to three area hospitals for observation and were released.
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