The University of Maine announced Tuesday that sophomore Katelyn Vanderhoff and freshman Jaymie Druding are leaving the women’s basketball team with the intention of transferring.
Coach Cindy Blodgett released a brief statement in a press release which read, “I’d like to thank both Katelyn and Jaymie for their contributions to our program and wish both of them success in all of their future endeavors.”
Vanderhoff, a 5-foot-9 combination guard from Lititz, Pa., was a key contributor for the Bears each of the last two seasons. Last winter, she ranked third on the team, averaging 8.3 points per game, and was the top rebounder at 5.4 per contest.
Vanderhoff led all Bears, averaging 35.9 minutes per game. She also registered a team-high 3.0 assists and 2.1 steals while committing 89 turnovers (3.1 per game).
“I’d like to thank UMaine and coach Blodgett for giving me the opportunity to play two years here,” Vanderhoff said in the release. “I wish the best of luck to my former teammates and wish luck to the program as it continues to grow in the future.”
Vanderhoff played in 51 games at UMaine, starting 41. She missed seven games during 2009-10 with an undisclosed illness.
She proved to be inconsistent offensively over the two seasons, shooting only 32 percent from the floor and 27 percent from the 3-point line. Vanderhoff averaged 7.7 points, 5.2 rebounds. 2.7 assists and 2.1 steals.
Druding was among four first-year players on the 2010-11 squad. She appeared in 19 games, including five starts, but sat out 10 games because of knee and shoulder injuries.
Druding, a 6-1 forward from Orchard Park, N.Y., averaged 2.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in 11.8 minutes per game, shooting 41 percent from the field and 75 percent from the foul line.
“I appreciate every opportunity I’ve been given here at the University of Maine and being able to play at this university,” Druding said in the release. “It’s a better situation for me to move somewhere closer to home and closer to my support system at this time.”
Blodgett, who declined to discuss the specifics of the situations surrounding the departure of Vanderhoff and Druding, said UMaine must concentrate on the future.
“Our program looks forward to the transition of preparing for next season with our returning players and a very talented incoming freshman class,” she said in the release.
The players were not made available for comment.
While there has been much rumor and innuendo surrounding potential transfers after a disappointing 2010-11 season (4-25), that duo appears to be the extent of it.
Redshirt freshman Rachele Burns of Gorham remains with the program as she tries to overcome a third reconstructive knee surgery.
The two transfers bring to three the number of Blodgett recruits who have transferred or who have been asked to do so. Jasmine Rush departed the program a year ago after two seasons and a knee injury.
Blodgett has brought in 13 of her own recruits over the last three seasons.
Four players whom Blodgett inherited from prior coach Ann McInerney left after the 2007-08 season. That group included transfers Emily Rousseau of Biddeford (Div. III Stonehill), Sandra Vaitkute (Div. I Gardiner-Webb), Magdala Johnson (Div. II Southern New Hampshire) and Christina Mosher of Farmington, who stopped playing altogether.