ORONO, Maine — University of Maine women’s basketball coach Richard Barron has filled his roster for the 2014-2015 season.
The final piece of the puzzle is Christiana Gerostergiou of Greece, who has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend UMaine starting in September.
Gerostergiou, a 5-foot-10 guard, is the fifth and final member of this year’s recruiting class.
“Christiana is a big guard with deep shooting range. She can attack the basket with either hand and has a solid post-up game,” Barron said in a press release. “She is a solid athlete and a blue-collar defender and rebounder. Christiana’s skill set and athleticism remind me a great deal of (Black Bears guard/forward) Liz Wood. Her versatility and size make her a great fit for our system.”
Gerostergiou was twice selected as a top-five national team player, earning the honor in 2012 at the U16 National Finals and again in 2014 at the U18 Nationals. Gerostergiou was the top scorer in Greece in 2014, for players who competed in both women’s leagues and U18, with 501 points.
Gerostergiou, a native of Thessaloniki, Greece, helped lead both her U16 and U18 teams to North Greece Championships and fourth-place finishes in the national finals. Highlighting her individual performances were a 24-point showing in the U18 national finals with Ptolemaida basketball club in 2014 and an 18-point performance at the U16 European Finals with the national team.
Gerostergiou, who competed at Aristotelio high school, was a two-time captain with Iraklis WBC and a vice-captain of her U16 National Team.
“With this class, our team gets bigger and more athletic while maintaining the high level of ballhandling and shooting skills that have allowed for our offensive improvement,” added Barron. “We’re excited about the coming years for the program and Christiana, along with the other four newcomers, is a big part of our excitement.”
UMaine’s recruiting class also includes Janessa Fauntroy, a 6-foot forward from Gaithersburg, Maryland; 6-3 left-handed post player Kristen Johnson of San Diego, California; 5-8 guard Parise Rossignol of Van Buren; and Isabella Swan, a 5-11 guard/forward from Farmington, Utah, who played at Salt Lake Community College.
With the departure of seniors Ashleigh Roberts, Rachele Burns of Gorham and Ali Nalivaika, along with graduate student Cherrish Wallace, the Black Bears are now at the NCAA maximum of 15 scholarship players for next season.
It also means that barring any premature departures, Barron and his staff have only one available scholarship for 2015-2016.
The eligibility of all student-athletes is contingent upon admission to UMaine and compliance with all NCAA rules, including registration with the NCAA Clearinghouse.