January 15, 2020
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UMaine women’s basketball team lands Vermont guard

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Olivia Rockwood, a first team all-state point guard at Windsor High School in Vermont, has verbally committed to attend the University of Maine on a basketball scholarship beginning in the fall of 2020.

The 5-foot-6 Rockwood, who will be a senior in the fall, has led the Yellowjackets in scoring, rebounds and assists in all three seasons and is coming off a campaign in which she averaged 20 points, 8.3 rebounds, seven assists and two steals per game.

She shot 46 percent from the floor and an impressive 45 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.

“She is closing in on 1,500 [career] points,” pointed out Windsor head coach Bruce Mackay who added that his point guard also averages just two turnovers per game.

“She can shoot the lights out,:” Mackay said. “She shoots the three extremely well and with very little effort. She has great court vision and a great basketball IQ. She also rebounds well for someone her size.”

He called her one of the hardest workers he has ever coached.

Rockwood said she chose UMaine over several other schools because “I really liked the coaches and the campus.

“The coaches were very prepared. I had questions but they answered them before I ever needed to ask them. I felt very well-informed and that made me feel comfortable,” she said.

“And everybody seemed very well-rounded and nice. I visited other schools but never got the same feeling that I got at Maine,” she added.

She also liked coming to a program that has won back-to-back America East championships and one that plays an ambitious non-conference schedule that has included games against the likes of Mississippi State, South Carolina, Duke, North Carolina and North Carolina State.

Rockwood, who runs cross country at the school for her dad, Kabray, and also plays soccer, intends to study sports medicine at UMaine.

She is going to focus on becoming physically stronger over the next year as she prepares for UMaine.

“College basketball is more physical so I have to be able to hold my own,” she said.

Rockwood was the conference player of the year and is extremely dedicated.

She travels 206 miles round-trip to Burlington several times a week to attend AAU practices and also plays for a local AAU team.

Rockwood led the Yellowjackets to a state Division III championship two years ago, a state title game appearance her freshman season and a semifinal berth this past season.

“And the bigger the game, the bigger she plays,” Mackay said. “She has averaged 29 points per game in the playoffs.”

Her coming to UMaine is contingent upon her being accepted into the school and meeting NCAA eligibility requirements.


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