Following the 2015-16 season, in which the University of Maine women’s basketball team went 26-9 and earned a berth in the WNIT, head coach Richard Barron had to replace seven departing players including the graduated Liz Wood, whose 1,462 points are now ninth most in program history.
Five freshmen from Europe, helped fill the void the following year along with Canadian first-year Julie Brosseau as UMaine went 18-16 but surprisingly reached the America East championship game where it lost to Albany 66-50.
Albany had beaten UMaine in the title game 59-58 the previous year.
Just three players remain from that 2016-17 team, and one, senior guard Blanca Millan, America East’s reigning Player and Defensive Player of the Year, has been lost for the season with a knee injury.
Only senior guards Maddy McVicar from Calais and Sierra Tapley from Bar Harbor remain on the active roster.
Following the 2016-17 season, there was a rare mass exodus as four of the five European freshmen transferred with Millan the only one who remained.
Brosseau played her freshman and sophomore seasons at UMaine before transferring.
Those five players, who all had to sit out a year after leaving UMaine due to NCAA transfer rules, have had various levels of success at their new locations.