Maine hoopster becomes Miss Maine USA

Posted Dec. 01, 2008, at 10:46 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A basketball player who’s 10th on the University of Maine’s all-time scoring list has notched another win as a beauty pageant rookie.

Ashley Underwood has been crowned Miss Maine USA, outperforming a dozen other contestants at last week’s pageant in Portland.

The 23-year-old Underwood, who graduated from UMaine with a nursing degree, says she loves watching pageants and this was her first chance to compete in one. Pageant officials say they were impressed with Underwood’s command on stage.

The 5-foot-8 former UMaine guard scored more than 1,000 points for the Black Bears, and accomplished the same feat while playing at Cony High School in Augusta.

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