February 28, 2014

OWLS BEGIN POSTSEASON PLAY FRIDAY IN NATIONS CAPITAL

Washington, D. C.  --  The UMaine-Presque Isle women's basketball team begins their post season journey Friday against Agnes Scott College.  The 17-6 Owl squad takes on the 3-15 Scotties from Atlanta, Georgia at noon in the Great South Atlantic Conference quarterfinals (GSAC).  The winner will play Salem College (19-4) at 1pm Saturday.

Agnes Scott is coached by Women's Basketball Hall of Famer Trish Roberts, who has more than two decades of Division I coaching experience.  Roberts has ties to the University of Maine, beginning her head coaching career at UMO in 1988.  In four years at Orono, Roberts produced four straight winning seasons with a combined 82-32 record (.719). Her teams won two North Atlantic Conference titles (1990, 1991) and a Seaboard Conference title (1989), and was the runner-up in the 1992 North Atlantic Conference Tournament.

Roberts left Maine to take the reins of Big Ten power University of Michigan and later was head coach at Stony Brook University.

Roberts was a tremendous player, having set single-season records at the University of Tennessee for points in a season with 987 (averaging 29.9 per game) and rebounds in a season with 467 (averaging 14.2 per game).  These records still stand today. Roberts was the first African-American to play at the University of Tennessee and the first Lady Vol to be named a Kodak All-American. 

In 1976, Roberts was named to the U.S. Olympic team and won a silver medal in the Games at Montreal. 

First-year mentor Doug Carter is leading the Owls into postseason play in their first year in the GSAC.  UMaine-Presque Isle is one of the most improved teams in NCAA Division III Basketball, with a nine game improvement from last season.  Teams Carter has been associated with have qualified for National Tournament play the last two seasons. 

The winner of the GSAC tournament wins an automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Tournament.