(PRESQUE ISLE, ME) -- University of Maine-Presque Isle women's basketball players Rashell Saucier (So./Washburn, ME) and Emily Moore (Sr./Lisbon, ME) were recently named to the NCAA Association of Division III Independents' "All-Independent Team" for their performances in the 2011-2012 season.
Saucier, a two-time AD3I "Player of the Week" this season, was a unanimous 1st Team selection. The 2nd year starter for the Owls averaged 12.1 points and 10.6 rebounds per game in 2011-'12. At 5'8, the undersized post player still managed 10 "double-double's" and only had 2 games all year where she did not hit double figures in either points or rebounds.
"I tried my best to improve from last year and I know within myself I've achieved just that," said Saucier, "there will be more accomplishments to conquer in the years to come. But it's my team and coach that have gotten me this far."
Saucier shook off any thoughts of a "sophomore slump" by becoming a more well-rounded player. In addition to improvements in scoring and rebounding categories, the Washburn native averaged 2 assists and 2 steals per game while committing 1/3 the amount of turnovers from the first half of the season to the second.
"'Rash' is one of those players that just wants to keep getting better in order to help the team," said Owls' head coach Marc Heidorf, "this year she needed to reduce her turnovers, she worked on it, and made great strides without sacrificing any other parts of her game. If, during this off-season, she decided she wanted to become a three-point shooter or point guard I don't know that I'd bet against her."
Senior captain Moore, also the winner of a AD3I "Player of the Week" award, was named to the 2nd team.
"I could not be happier for Emily," said Heidorf, "the stats might not pop out at you, but what she contributed to this team as a leader and ballhandler is immeasurable. She gave us a sense of calm and confidence while on the court."
That's not to say the numbers were bad. Moore led the team with nearly 4 assists per game. She was the only Owl with a positive assist-to-turnover ratio. Twice this season she flirted with "triple-doubles": an 18 point, 8 rebound and 8 assist performance early in the season against UMaine-Machias, and later vs. UMaine-Fort Kent posting 14 points 10 assists, and 7 rebounds.
"My senior year was great and I'm honored to have gotten this award," said Moore, "but I couldn't have done it without my teammates. Without them none of my accomplishments would have been possible. I owe them a big thank you!"
Emily Moore Rashell Saucier