Lauren Bodine, a shooting guard from Louisville, Ky., has committed to the University of Maine women’s basketball program.
Bodine, a senior at duPoint Manual High School in Louisville, will accept a scholarship to play for coach Richard Barron’s Black Bears beginning with the 2012-13 season.
She joins Brittany Wells of Indianapolis, Ind., who also has verbally committed to attend UMaine.
Barron is prohibited by NCAA rules from talking about a recruit until UMaine has received a signed National Letter of Intent.
David Tapley, a coach for the Kentucky Premier AAU program, said Bodine also was considering Akron and Morehead State.
“She committed earlier than I thought she would,” Tapley said. She went up there (Orono) and liked it.”
The 5-foot-8 Bodine plays for coach Stacy Pendleton at duPont Manual. Last winter, she averaged 4.7 points, 1.3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in 33 regular-season games for the Crimsons.
Bodine was the “sixth man” on the squad and led the team with 33 3-pointers on 29 percent accuracy. When asked to describe what kind of player Bodine was, Tapley was to the point.
“Yeah, (a) shooter,” he said.
Tapley explained Bodine has diversified her game, becoming a more complete player.
“She’s really improved her defense a lot,” he offered. “She’s worked on her game the past couple years.”
Bodine has been blessed to play alongside many outstanding players and against high-caliber talent both in high school and on the AAU circuit.
Point guard April Wilson, Bodine’s backcourt mate at duPont Manual, has committed to play for former UMaine coach Sharon Versyp at Purdue. The Crimsons are the preseason No. 1-ranked girls basketball team in Kentucky.
“Kentucky is not classed like other states,” Tapley said. “Class A’s (small schools) play with the 6A’s (largest). Last year, they were runners-up out of 370-380 schools in the state.”
Tapley said Bodine also competed on a Kentucky Premier U-17squad that plays at the top level of AAU basketball that includes players bound for many of the nation’s top Division I programs.
“Our first 10 will play D1 (Division I) or D2 somewhere,” he added.
Bodine’s participation at UMaine is contingent on her admittance to the school and compliance with NCAA initial-eligibility guidelines.
UM soccer, field hockey open today
The University of Maine’s women’s soccer and field hockey teams will open their seasons on Friday in Orono.
The women’s soccer team will entertain Charleston Southern at 1 p.m. before the field hockey team hosts Northeastern University at 6 p.m.
The women’s soccer team is coming off a 9-9 season in which it became the first sixth seed to reach the America East championship game. Top seed Boston University beat the Black Bears 4-0 in the title game after Maine had upset No. 3 Hartford (1-0) and No. 2 Stony Brook (3-1) on the road.
Nine starters and 12 letter-winners return from that Maine team including strikers Carolyne Nellis (4 goals, 2 assists) and Courtney Harnais (3 & 0), midfielder Maddie Hill (2 & 1), defender Kaitlyn MacIsaac and goalkeeper Meagan Price-Leibenzeder (1.14 goals-against average, .772 save percentage).
Charleston Southern, which dropped its season-opener 2-1 to the College of Charleston, was 12-7-1 a year ago.
The field hockey team is coming off a 13-6 season and a fourth-place finish in America East. The Black Bears were beaten by top seed New Hampshire in the AE semifinals 3-2 as UNH erased a pair of one-goal deficits.
America East Offensive Player of the Year Kelly Newton, the school’s all-time leading scorer with 112 points and a 19-goal scorer last year; 16-goal scorer Jocelyn Mitchell and 13-goal producer Stephanie Gardiner lead the Black Bears along with goalkeeper Brittany Fleck, whose .807 save percentage was second-best in the nation last fall.
Northeastern was 10-11 last season including a 3-2 home win over Maine.