ORONO, Maine — Former University of Maine women’s basketball player Samantha Baranowski of Stanhope, N.J., has agreed to a deal to play for the Marburg Blue Dolphins professional basketball team in Germany’s first division, UMaine announced in a press release Wednesday.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to continue playing,” Baranowski said in the release. “Basketball has been such a large park of my life, given me many opportunities and taught me many things. I’m grateful to be able to continue to compete and grow and experience the game on a new level and in a new surrounding.”

“We’re delighted for Sam and this is certainly a well deserved opportunity,” UMaine head coach Richard Barron said. “Sam worked extremely hard over the course of the season and in the postseason to improve and we’re very proud of the opportunity that she gets to play professionally overseas in Europe.”

The Marburgh Blue Dolphins compete in the 12-team Damen-Basketball-Bundesliga League which is the premier women’s basketball championship in Germany and was founded in 1947. The Blue Dolphins last won the league championship in 2003. The DBBL season runs from early September through late April, early May.

Baranowski, a 6-foot-3 forward, finished her Black Bear career with 674 career points to go along with 433 total rebounds in 112 games. In her final season at Maine, Baranowski led the Black Bears in scoring and rebounding, averaging 9.1 points and 5.5 rebounds, while leading the league with a 49.5 field goal percentage, earning her a spot on the America East All-Conference third team.

Bears gain academic honors

Thirteen University of Maine players were among a Hockey East league-record 100 student-athletes named to the league’s 2011-12 All-Academic Team in the conferences 28th season of play, which was announced Wednesday.

Each student-athlete achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or better in each of the two academic periods during which he was actively competing.

Maine’s 13 student-athletes honored ranked third in the league. Both Merrimack and Vermont had 14 student-athletes named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team.

The Black Bear list was highlighted by Theo Andersson and Mark Nemec, who were each honored for the third time in their careers.

Mike Cornell, Brian Flynn, Brice O’Connor, Josh Seeley, Dan Sullivan, and Jon Swavely were named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team for the second time in their careers.

Mark Anthoine, Andrew Cerretani, Connor Leen, Bill Norman and Jake Rutt received recognition for the first time in their careers.