ORONO, Maine — Three guards have signed National Letters of Intent to play women’s basketball at the University of Maine next season, head coach Richard Barron announced Tuesday.
Barron said he is excited about the signing of Lauren Bodine of Louisville, Ky., Brittany Wells of Indianapolis, and Elizabeth Wood of Catlee, Va.
“All three have played on top high school teams and club teams and bring winning experience to our program,” he said.
The UMaine men’s team also received an NLI signing as guard/forward Dimitry Coronel will join the program next season.
Lauren Bodine, a 5-foot-8 shooting guard at duPont Manual High School, is the team’s captain after helping lead it to a state runner-up finish a year ago.
She is a four-year varsity student athlete averaging 9.3 points and 4.2 assists per game.
“Lauren is a complete player,” Barron said. “She has great shooting range, defends aggressively on and off the ball, passes well, and plays a physical brand of basketball that fits well with what we’re trying to do here at Maine.”
Brittany Wells, a 5-foot-7-inch shooting guard from Heritage Christian High School, was selected her junior and freshman seasons to the Indiana Girls Basketball Top 100 and was in the top 20 in scoring and the top 10 in 3-point accuracy in 2010. On the AAU circuit, Wells’ teams won the 15U and 16U state championships. Wells also lettered in track and soccer.
“Brittany is an exceptional athlete and a lock-down defender,” said Barron. “She is incredibly fast, shoots well from the 3-point line, and plays with great intensity.”
Elizabeth Wood, a 5-foot-10-inch guard/forward, led Liberty High School in scoring last season as she averaged 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals per game, helping her team to the Virginia AA State Championship, Evergreen District Championship and a regional championship. Wood was also All-District in volleyball for three seasons while being named the 2011 District Player of the Year.
“Liz brings great versatility to our team,” said Barron. “She can play the one through four positions. She is very strong fundamentally and physically and has range to beyond the arc. Liz also does the little things that often go unnoticed. She will be a great asset to our program.”
Dimitry Coronel, who is 6 foot 4 inches and from Boston, is currently attending Tabor Academy in Marion, Mass. He was named All-NEPSAC Class A last spring while averaging more than 17 points and seven rebounds per game.
“We are thrilled to have Dimitry join our Black Bear basketball program,” Maine men’s coach Ted Woodward said. “He is a dynamic athlete who is a highly productive scorer, rebounder and defender, and he will be a great addition to our team as we enter the 2012-13 season.”
The eligibility of the four basketball players is dependent upon their acceptance into the school and meeting NCAA eligibility requirements.