UMaine’s Boser leaving program

Posted April 10, 2009, at 10:45 p.m.

Six-foot forward Brittany Boser, who led the University of Maine’s women’s basketball team in scoring (9.9 points per game), rebounding (4.8) , blocked shots (25 total), field goal percentage (43.6 percent) and foul shooting percentage (86 percent), has decided not to return next season.

Boser will graduate in May but has one year of eligibility remaining because she was a redshirt her freshman season.

The Palmer, Mass. native will earn her degree in chemical engineering.

Boser led the team in scoring nine times in 30 games.

The ninth-seeded Black Bears went 5-25 including a season-ending 63-43 loss to eighth seed Albany in the play-in game at the America East Tournament. The 5-25 mark is the worst in the program’s history.

“It’s a tough decision but one I think is mature and based on academic reasons,” said Boser in a press release. “I’m at a point in my life where I’m ready to take this next step and move on, whether that’s a career or higher level education in my field.

“It’s certainly nothing against my teammates or the university because I love playing basketball,” continued Boser. “I’ve enjoyed my four years here and will look back on them with fond memories. I’ve enjoyed the support the community and our fans have shown the program in my time here. I will continue to follow my team-mates and cheer them on no matter where I may be.”

Boser had a remarkable academic career.

She was a four-time Maine Scholar-Athlete and was twice named to the ESPN The Magazine/COSIDA Academic All-District 1 second team. She was named to the America East Academic Honor Roll three times.

Maine coach Cindy Blodgett said Boser “defines what a student-athlete is all about. She was terrific in the classroom in a very demanding major and we should celebrate all of her academic accomplishments. Graduating with a degree from the University of Maine is a tremendous honor. I wish her nothing but the best in all of her future endeavors.”

Maine’s list of incoming recruits including 6-1 forward Shareka Maner from Brooksville, Fla.; 5-10 guard Amber Smith from Ipswich, Mass.; 5-9 guard Katelyn Vanderhoff from Lancaster (Pa.) Mennonite High School and 5-7 guard Rachele Burns from Gorham.

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