University of Maine women’s basketball player Cherrish Wallace, who was held out of Wednesday’s game against Maryland Baltimore County because of a potential eligibility issue, has been given the OK to return to action.
The sixth-year player from Pasadena, Calif., joined the Black Bears during the first semester as UMaine pursued a hardship waiver from the NCAA because of a serious leg injury that enabled her to play only one season (2008-2009) at Baylor University.
The 5-foot-6 point guard, who graduated from Baylor in 2012, became eligible at UMaine in late December. She is averaging 11.5 points, 4.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds in two games for coach Richard Barron’s team since being initially cleared to play by the NCAA.
UMaine on Friday evening released a statement about Wallace’s situation:
“University of Maine Women’s Basketball student-athlete Cherrish Wallace has been cleared to play in tomorrow’s game at Binghamton University. Late Wednesday afternoon, UMaine was approached with an inquiry on Wallace’s amateurism status. Due to the late notification of the issue, the university was not able to get to a resolution prior to the start of the game against UMBC. Wallace was withheld from playing so as to not jeopardize her eligibility or the result of the game.
“For the past two days, the University of Maine’s Athletics Compliance Office has worked with NCAA and America East Conference staff to research the situation. All parties are in agreement that there were no violations and Wallace has been cleared to rejoin the team for tomorrow’s game.”