Presque Isle, ME – The University of Maine-Presque Isle Women's Basketball Team will be entering their 1st season in the North Atlantic Conference for the upcoming 2018-2019 year. The players and Coaches are looking forward to their inaugural season in the NAC and are optimistic about making significant improvements from a year ago.
Coach Gavin Kane will be in his 2nd year at the helm of the Women's Program and will have his 1st recruiting class onboard this season. Assistant Coach Matt Clark will join Kane once again this year. Two freshman are looking to make an immediate impact for the Owls in their 1st year at the collegiate level. 5'7" Sara Musselman, from Turlock California, will be counted on to step in right away and direct the Team from the point guard position. Musselman had an outstanding High School career and Coach Kane is excited to have the smooth lefty guard on the East Coast. Freshman Hunter Mercier, a 5'7" shooting guard from Lawrence High School in Maine, is looking to bounce back from a knee injury and provide UMPI with a major perimeter scoring threat.
Key returners for Me-Presque Isle include junior guard Emmy Churchill from Washburn, Maine who Kane describes as "a leader by example who has a tremendous work ethic." Churchill played 30.7 minutes a game for the Owls, averaging 6.9 points per game, 4 rebounds and 2 steals per game while consistently defending one of the opponent's best scorers. Junior Rhylee Wright, a 6'1" center from Frenchville, Maine led UMPI a year ago in scoring at 13.8 points per game and in rebounding at 8.9. Wright also shot 70% from the Foul Line. Junior guard/forward Laura Aroz from Tucson, Arizona is working her way back from a knee injury that sidelined her the 2nd half of last season. Aroz is just coming off an outstanding Volleyball season but is still experiencing some knee issues. Junior Ines Ngoga from Rwanda, a 5'10" forward, saw limited time but Kane said will be relied upon to have a much larger role this winter for the Owls.
Sophomore guard Marissa Valdivia-Reagle from Seattle, Washington started 20 of 22 games last season playing both guard positions. Coach Kane said that "Marissa is a tough player who isn't afraid to mix it up. She gives us a physical and more aggressive player on the perimeter." Reagle scored 4.2 points per game, led the Team in steals at 2.3 and averaged 5.0 rebounds per game in 2017-2018. Kendra Silvers, a 5'11" sophomore forward from North Berwick, Maine saw a lot of action a year ago playing in all 22 games while starting in 8 of them. Silvers averaged 5.4 points per game and 4.0 rebounds.
The Owls will kick off their season with 3 games in 3 days, playing at Rivier University on November 10th, at Fisher College November 11th and at Lesley University on November 12th. UMPI's first Home games will be November 30th and December 1st when they host the University of Maine at Farmington in their 1st NAC competition of the year.