The 2013-2014 University of Maine at Fort Kent women’s basketball team will have a new look this year as they look to return to the USCAA National Tournament for the second straight year. The Lady Bengals have added depth with a great incoming recruiting class to a team which returns all five regular starters from a year ago. UMFK will have a great opportunity with a challenging schedule to make another run at qualifying for the USCAA nationals.
Third-year Head Coach Bradley Holabird’s team will be looking to improve upon team rebounding and overall team defense. Holabird feels they have the potential for someone different to step up any game as the talent is raised and skill sets of many player are the same.
“This year’s squad includes the majority of last year’s contributors including three year starter, guard Jennifer Colpitts (Scarborough, ME; 13.6ppg last season; USCAA Honorable Mention), forward Samantha Carapellucci (Fort Kent, ME; 11.6ppg last season), guard Kayla Richards (Presque Isle, ME), guard Taylor Boucher (Fort Kent, ME), guard Brooke Harris (Lee, ME), guard Rachael Grew (Mars Hill, ME), and forward Kendashia Myles (Lindenwold, NJ).”
Holabird went on to speak about a very impressive recruiting class in stating, “Supplementing this personnel (returning players) are six versatile junior college transfers from California. They include Jasmin Rowland (Monterey Peninsula College), Alexis Warne (Monterey Peninsula College), Skyler Olsen (Santa Rosa Junior College), Salinda Chan (Ohlone College), Danielle Carrillo (Porterville College), and Kelsey Heard (Napa Valley College). Completing the roster includes the addition of two Aroostook County natives, junior-transfer from Southern Maine Community College Emily Bard (Fort Kent, ME), and true freshman Alexa Masse (Caribou, ME).”
A strong USCAA schedule features The Apprentice School-Newport News, VA (Home Dec. 13, Away Jan. 8), Rochester College-Rochester, MI (Jan. 19 & 20 in Montreal @ USCAA MLK Jr. Classic), as well as Washington Adventist-Tacoma, MD (Away Jan. 9) and Briarcliffe-NYC (Away Jan. 11). The outcome of these contests will give UMFK a great idea how they match-up against the entire USCAA Division I field.
The Lady Bengals will also face familiar foes in Aroostook County rival U-Maine-Presque Isle (Away Dec. 11 & Home Feb. 5), and fellow sister-school U-Maine-Machias (Home Dec. 5 & Away Jan. 24). UMM made a 2012-2013 USCAA national tournament appearance and has split with UMFK the last two seasons.