December 09, 2018
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Freshman guard sidelined as grueling UMaine women’s schedule continues

The University of Maine women’s basketball team may be without Israeli freshman point guard Dor Saar, who missed the team’s 75-39 victory over Kennesaw State on Sunday in the consolation game at the Miami Thanksgiving Tournament, due to an ankle injury.

Saar was injured in Friday’s 80-70 loss to Miami.

“She’s day to day,” UMaine interim head coach Amy Vachon said. “She has played real well for us but we definitely need her to be healthy. There’s no sense rushing her back in November.”

UMaine’s grueling non-conference road schedule continues Thursday and Sunday with games against 2016-2017 NCAA tournament teams Toledo and Ohio State, respectively.

Toledo (3-1) played Monday at Iona while Ohio State (7-1) has a Thursday road game against former UMaine coach Joanne McCallie’s Duke Blue Devils.

The only losses for Toledo and Ohio State came at the hands of No. 5 Louisville.

Toledo was 25-9 a year ago and lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament to Creighton while Ohio State went 28-7 and won two NCAA games before losing to Notre Dame in the third round.

Vachon said if Saar can’t play, UMaine will “do it by committee. Any of our five guards can bring up the ball. Our offense isn’t predicated on just one person.”

Saar is averaging 7.6 points and a team-high 3.6 assists in 29 minutes per game.

One of the players who picked up the slack was sophomore guard Julie Brosseau, who was named to the all-tournament team and was the America East Co-Player of the Week.

Brosseau had 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists against Kennesaw State after notching 20 points, four rebounds and two assists in the loss to Miami.

“She had a fantastic weekend,” Vachon said. “She has been working really hard on her shot and has been doing a lot of different things for us.

“People forget that coming out of the Canadian CEGEP [school] system, she was ranked the fourth best player in Canada,” Vachon said. “That’s pretty impressive. She struggled defensively at times last year but she has really focused on that and isn’t a liability. She has improved her game tremendously.”

The 5-foot-8 Brosseau is from Repentigny, Quebec.

3 UMaine field hockey players honored

CHANDLER, Arizona — University of Maine juniors Casey Crowley, Libby Riedl and Samantha Wagg have been accorded with All-Northeast region honors by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.

Crowley landed on the Longstreth/NFHCA First Team for second consecutive season, while Riedl and Wagg were named to the second team. The trio helped lead the Black Bears to a 12-6 record and a No. 25 ranking.

Crowley, a co-captain and midfielder, registered 13 points on three goals and seven assists. She was a major factor on defense as well, helping UMaine allow only 1.54 goals per game.

Riedl was a sparkplug to Maine’s dynamic offense that finished 2017 ranked 14th nationally in goals per game (2.89) and points per game (8.11). The junior led Maine with 28 points on nine goals and 10 assists. Her nine assists ranked 25th best in the country.

Wagg, a 2016 NFHCA all-region second team selection, finished 2017 ranked third on the team with 23 points on eight goals and seven assists. Two of her goals were game-winners. The Melbourne, Australia, native tallied two defensive saves.

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