Presque Isle, ME – Head Women's Basketball Coach Gavin Kane is pleased to announce that Skowhegan High School senior Mariah Dunbar has committed to the Lady Owls for the Fall of 2019. Dunbar will be majoring in Elementary Education.
In Dunbar's four years on the Skowhegan Varsity, her teams had a combined record of 57 wins and 24 losses. As a starter, Mariah's teams finished with a 50-11 record. This past season Skowhegan went a perfect 18-0 in a rugged Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference and advanced to the North Regional Championship before falling to Hampden Academy and finished the 2018-19 season at 20-1.
Dunbar, a 5'9" wing has excellent 3 point range as well as the size to create some matchup problems for opposing guards defending her. "One of the things that caught my eye immediately with Mariah was how fundamentally sound she is," stated Kane. "That is a tribute to Coach LeBlanc and to the coaches that she had early on. Mariah has both an excellent understanding, and a great feel, for the game. She plays very much in control and doesn't rush the game."
The Skowhegan senior averaged 7.8 points per game, 2 steals and 2.5 assists per game but her unselfishness on the court limited her stat line and certainly came before any concern about personal statistics. "Mariah is a very dedicated player and teammate who is willing to put others first. Her willingness to work hard to better herself and teammates will be a welcome asset to the UMPI program just as she was instrumental in ours," said Skowhegan High School Coach Mike LeBlanc.
"Mariah is a very solid defender and fundamentally sound on that end of the floor as well. I really feel that she is a very consistent player in regards to her overall game and will be able to help our Team in all aspects of the game. She played on an outstanding Team at Skowhegan and did not have to look to score that much but she is more than capable offensively and we will look for her be more offensive minded here, "stated Kane.
"I am super excited to be able to experience what it's like to live away from home in an area that is a little smaller than my home town and maybe has less resources, but still feels like home. Having friends and family already up there is going to help it feel like home even more," said Dunbar. "I can't wait to experience playing college basketball especially with Coach Kane as my coach. I never thought that I would be playing college level basketball but here I am, and I know for a fact that this experience is going to help form me into a better player and improve my skills tremendously. I am super excited to be a part of this team. I can't wait to start this journey of being an UMPI Owl!"