ORONO – Everybody has heard the term “sophomore slump,” but that couldn’t be further from the truth for Maine’s Caroline Bornemann.
Bornemann, a Denmark native, has earned her way into the starting lineup, and impressed while doing so, in just her second season in Orono.
“It’s more fun playing, and being more experienced,” Bornemann said. “I’ve been there before and seen a lot from the bench now, and trying to be one of the ones that actually has to make it all work on the court.”
After only seeing 39 minutes in total her freshman year, Bornemann has started every game this season except two. She says last year, she was able to take it all in and learn from the upperclassmen on the team.
“For me, I didn’t see a lot of time on the floor,” Bornemann said. “I think it was especially about learning from the older players, learning from the seniors- what do they do, how do they grow, and how do they get ready for each game.”
But now, the second year player has found her groove, scoring in double figures in three of the Black Bears’ last five games.
“I kind of had everything slowed down,” Bornemann said. “I had some time off and I had a few practices to find my rhythm. That helped me play against some teams we had seen before.”
While she is rolling, Bornemann says she needs to get herself to pull the trigger more when she’s got her shot.
“It’s all about, to be honest, shooting the ball when I’m open,” Bornemann said.
As for head coach Amy Vachon, it’s the work Bornemann puts in away from Maine that makes all the differebce.
“She’s a good shooter, and she’s strong,” Vachon said. “She worked her tail off this off this offseason to get stronger and faster, and to be able to play down low defending post players but also be able to handle some guards as well.”
Bornemann and the Black Bears are in action Thursday night in the Border Battle against New Hampshire.