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The 1996-97 season should be an interesting one for the Black Bears as they pursue a third consecutive conference championship and NCAA berth. In keeping with the UMaine tradition of academic excellence,the two previous teams that competed in the NCAA Tournament have combined for a 3.0 GPA or better. The Black Bears completed the best season in the program’s 21-year history with a 27-5 record last year. The team went undefeated, 18-0, in conference play, the second team to do so in NAC history.
UMaine returns three starters from last year’s squad including the leading scorer in the nation from last year and NAC Player of the Year, Cindy Blodgett. Blodgett averaged 27.8 points per game on her way to earning District I Kodak All-America Honors for the second straight year. The 5-foot-9 guard simply dominated games last season, shattering the NCAA single-season scoring record for a sophomore with 889 points. Blodgett will captain this year’s team along with senior center Stacey Porrini and junior guard Sandi Carver. The Black Bear captains not only perform well on the court, they get it done in the classroom as well, combining for a 3.9 GPA in the 1996 spring semester.
Maine Sports Information Office, "1996-97 Women's Basketball Media Guide" (1996). General University of Maine Publications. 3084.
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