Eight players representing six Maine colleges have been selected to participate in the New England Women’s Basketball Association Senior All-Star Classic.
The game will be played March 27 at 1 p.m. at Western New England College in Springfield, Mass.
Shelby Bradford of Husson University in Bangor, Caitlin Hynes, Sabrina Cote and Leah Rubega of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Samantha Allen of Colby College in Waterville and Caitlyn Laflin of the University of Maine-Farmington are among the standouts chosen to play in the game.
Other Maine representatives include Carolyn Freeman of Saint Joseph’s College in Standish and Lauren Yanofsky of Bates College in Lewiston.
Bradford, a Lee Academy product, averaged 16.6 points, 11.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists while sparking Husson to the North Atlantic Conference title.
Hynes, who hails from Owls Head and played at Rockland High, posted 12.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots for Bowdoin, which has advanced to the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship.
Cote, a Dexter native, contributed 3.2 points and 3.0 rebounds, while Rubega averaged 9.9 points and 10.5 rebounds for the Polar Bears.
Bridgton’s Allen (8.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.0 apg) was instrumental in helping New England Small College Athletic Conference runner-up Colby reach the second round of the NCAA tourney, while Farmingdale’s Laflin (17.7 ppg, 9.3 rpg) led UMF into the NAC semifinals.
Freeman of Scarborough averaged 10.0 points and 4.9 rebounds for the Monks, while Yanofsky (15.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.0 bpg) was a key member of the Bates squad.
MWBCA teams announced
Several of the NEWBCA honorees also headline the Maine Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-State Teams.
Bradford was chosen the player of the year, while Curran Leighton of the University of Southern Maine was named the rookie of the year and Colby’s Lori Gear-McBride the coach of the year.
Cappelloni, Leighton, Laflin and Hynes joined Bradford on the first team. The second team consists of Yanofsky, Rubega, Kelly Paradis of USM, Rachael Mack of Colby and Kaylie DeMillo of USM.
All-Rookie picks were Leighton, Diana Manduca of Colby, Allie Beaulieu of Bates, Kaitlin Donohoe of Bowdoin and Beth Suggs of the University of New England in Biddeford.
Thomas’ Bird flies high
Karin Bird was a key component of Lee Academy’s athletic success from 2004-08.
This winter, she took her basketball talents to Thomas College in Waterville, where she was the offensive catalyst for coach Joy Charles’ team.
Bird, a 5-foot-8 guard, emerged as the Terriers’ leading scorer, averaging 18.2 points per contest. That also ranked tied for first in the North Atlantic Conference with Chelsea Paul of Green Mountain College.
Bird also led the league in free throws (167) and free-throw attempts (211), was third in free-throw percentage (.791) and attempted field goals (320). Her 167 foul shots established a school record, eclipsing the mark of 113 set by Toby Martin in 2005-06.
She spent her freshman season at Division III Emmanuel College in Boston, where she averaged 7.1 points and 2.8 rebounds in helping the Saints reach the second round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship.
Bird then transferred to Thomas and was instrumental in helping the Terriers go from last place in 2008-09 to fifth place this season.
The Terriers lost to UMF in the NAC quarterfinals.