Tuesday, 19 March 2019 18:34

Black Bears face familiar foe in second-straight NCAA tournament appearance

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ORONO - Maine women's basketball is standing a little bit taller this week than they were back in December.

"Our biggest kid was 5'10" and they start a 6'5" kid so it was tough," said head Amy Vachon.

Fresh off a repeat America East championship, the Black Bears drew a repeat matchup with NC State.

The two faced each other back in December in Raleigh, and the Black Bears took a forty point loss, but they aren't sweating that result.

"We're excited. We definitely think it's going to be different. They have some injuries and we have Fanny [Wadling] back and I think we're playing better basketball right now than we were then so we're excited to give them our best shot,we don't think we gave them that the first time around," said senior Parise Rossignol.

For a team that got outscored in the paint 40-2 by the Wolfpack, the height that Fanny Wadling brings to the table for Maine is going to be key.

"It helps our other players to focus on what they're doing well and everything like that, and I can help clean up the boards and protect the paint," said Wadling.

Wadling was still in concussion protocol during that game, being replaced by Maeve Carroll.

"I think it'll also be an advantage that I won't be our five at 5'11" (laughs)," said Carroll.

NC State had one of it's most productive shooting performances of the season on that Saturday afternoon and Maine had one of it's worst. They feel confident history won't repeat itself this Saturday.

"We had like a really bad game but they also had a really good game, they shot like seventy-five percent from the field, which is not going to happen, probably, again...we know what they like to do and everything so I think we're ready to go," said junior Blanca Millan.

They'll try for their first NCAA tournament win since 1999, when they upset Stanford, this weekend.

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...