“Last year we kind of no one expected us to do anything and somehow we found our way to win a championship and this year everyone expected us here,” head coach Amy Vachon said.
As the undisputed favorite Maine blazed through its conference schedule this year en route to a 68-48 win over the Hawks, the only regular season blip came to Hartford.
It made sure that was the only hiccup. The Hawks cut the Maine lead down to two points in the third quarter, bu that's as close as it got.
"We just knew they were going to fight back we knew they were going to give us a hit back. They gave us a hit back we came back harder that was the whole point we already knew we had to show resilience," guard Tanesha Sutton said.
“We just said this is our house you know we were ready for whatever was coming and we knew we wanted to win this game so bad,” guard and America East Tournament Most Outstanding player Blanca Millan said.
The Black Bears put away the Hawks in the fourth quarter, thanks to what was a raucous crowd at the Cross Insurance Center. Which is an atmosphere not many programs have the privilege on playing in front of.
“You don’t see this for women’s basketball I think we were ranked two in New England behind UConn the energy they bring us is unbelievable and other teams see it and we see it and we appreciate it and it’s incredible,” guard Parise Rossignol said.
Maine has punched its second straight ticket to the big dance, something that hasn’t been done in Orono since the Joanne Palombo-McCallie days.
“It’s always exciting to just be in the dance you know what I mean people don’t make it there you know what I mean it’s always a blessing to get there we’re just excited it doesn’t matter who we play it’s just exciting,” Sutton said.
Maine will found out who it will be playing on Monday.