Presque Isle, Maine - The University of Maine at Presque Isle and its Women's Basketball Program is pleased to announce 3 more student-athletes who have verbally committed to pursue their college education and basketball careers at UMPI. Aspin Shoppee from Narraguagus High School, Katie Erskine from Woodland High School and Kimberlee Susi from Caribou High School will all be joining the Owls Basketball Team in the fall of 2020.
Erskine is a 5'10" forward who played for successful Woodland High School teams (2019 Graduate) before attending Washington County Community College this past year. UMPI Coach Gavin Kane had recruited her during her senior year in High School and the two connected again late in the winter. "Katie will help to strengthen our post game which was very limited last season. She has a good skill set and has a reputation as being a very hard worker," said Kane. "I am glad that we circled back and connected again and I look forward to coaching her at UMPI."
"I had the privilege of coaching Katie in basketball and volleyball her junior and senior year. She even spent some time with our team last year offering support to our young post players," stated Woodland High School Michelle Ripley. "One thing I really admire about Katie is her work ethic. She is a workhorse and always puts in 110%. She is very physical and strong in the post. If she's not scoring in the paint, she's making a great pass to a teammate. She's comfortable on the court and has great footwork. As a teammate, Katie is supportive and always positive. She's a very kind young lady and truly cares about other people, on and off the court. She will be a great addition to the Lady Owls basketball team!" Erskine will be majoring in Exercise Science while at UMPI.
Shoppee is combo guard from Narraguagus High School in Harrington, ME who will be majoring in Physical Education while at UMPI. "As a player Aspin is a hard worker, won't back down from a challenge, always tries to do her best and she will give you everything she's got," said Narraguagus Coach Eric Beal. "As a young lady I have seen a lot of growth in Aspin. She has a good attitude, is respectful to coaches and teammates, and works well with the team."
"I love the energy that Aspin brings to the court both with her play and also with the enthusiastic manner in which she communicates with her teammates," said Kane. "She is a tough defender and takes great pride in shutting down the player she is guarding. We hope with our roster depth now that we will be able to be a much more aggressive defensive team and that will be to Aspin's strengths. Offensively she can play at the point guard position or at the 2 guard."
Susi is a 5'4" lefty guard from Caribou, ME who will academically be enrolled in the Physical Therapy Assistant Program.
"Kim is a three-point specialist and has the ability to light up the scoreboard. She has proven her toughness after battling through an injury and coming back stronger. Her kind personality and mental toughness will be a great addition to the UMPI program," stated Caribou High School Coach Kayla Richards Brown.
Susi is the second Caribou senior to commit to UMPI along with teammate Paige Espling.
"Kimberlee is a definite 3-point threat and will bring that outside scoring ability to our team," says UMPI Coach Gavin Kane. "Kim has a lot of positive qualities that she will bring to the table for our women's basketball team and we are pleased to have her become a part of our Hoop Family."