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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 18:24

Black Bears eye repeat conference championship against Hartford

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For the first time all season, Parise Rossignol and Maine women's basketball doesn't want to play at home again.

"Honestly, I'm not thinking about it too much right now, I hope it's my last game at the Cross [Insurance Center] on Friday..." said Rossingnol.

Friday could be the final time the Black Bears play in Bangor with a win, as that win means a trip to the NCAA tournament.

Maine's comeback win over Albany in The Pit this past Sunday sets up a number one versus number two rematch with Hartford for its second straight conference championship.

"It's always an exciting feeling whenever you can make it to a championship and definitely host it its a very cool thing so we're excited about it," said head coach Amy Vachon.

The Black Bears split the regular season series with the Hawks; a three point loss on the road early in the conference schedule and a twenty point win in mid-February.

"I just watched the game back we really didn't play that well when we played them. We did some good things and some things we have to build on but there are definitely some things we need to clean up as well..," said Vachon.

Both teams have improved since their last meeting in February, but Maine says it's not their offensive performance they need to key in on, it's their defensive play.

"Yeah I feel like we're in much better shape or so they are I mean it was in the beginning of the season...So start from zero to zero so we just need to bring our best effort," said sophomore guard Dor Sarr.

With the best defensive player in America East on the floor for the Black Bears, they have a fighting chance to cut down another net on Friday.

"Hartford is a high pressure team...Taking care of the ball and keeping them out of the paint is going to be two of the major keys for us to get a win," said Rossignol.

John Wagoner

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John Wagoner joined the ABC 7 and FOX 22 sports team in September 2018.

He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he gained experience in multiple newsrooms across the Carolinas, as well as working with ESPN U and...