June 06, 2020
BANGOR DAILY NEWS (BANGOR, MAINE

Black Bears at a glance

Heather Briggs

Senior, tri-captain, 5-10, forward, Biddeford

Maine’s most consistent player last season…. averaged career-high 13.2 ppg and 8.0 rpg…. was ranked fifth in NAC in rebounding…. will spend 1992-93 as a known commodity and will face tighter defenses…. can post up and has 3-point range…. scored career-high 26 points vs. Cleveland State last season…. was All-NAC first-team preseason pick this season…. scored 1,535 points and grabbed 980 rebounds during her career at Biddeford High…. a psychology major

Cyndi Buetow

Junior, tri-captain, 6-2, center, Cologne, Minn.

Acid test for this returning veteran…. She has played in 55 games over the last two years, but has averaged only 12 minutes a game…. averaged 3.8 ppg and 2.5 rpg last season…. will have to produce more inside, especially after slow start this season…. hands and post-up play have improved over the last two seasons…. scored career-high 16 in season-opening loss at Boston College…. speech/public relations major….

Chrissy Strong

Junior, tri-captain, 5-7, guard, Thomaston

The ball will be in her hands this season – a lot…. a tenacious defender, she’ll outhustle everybody on the floor…. must find a shot (3-for-24, 13 percent to start season)…. is recovering from a serious knee injury which limited her to only 11 games last season…. is 10-for-10 from foul line this season…. 1990 Miss Maine Basketball at Georges Valley High in Thomaston… also played striker on boys soccer team at GVHS…. an English major….

Seana Dionne

Sophomore, 5-7, guard, Millinocket

Played the most minutes of last year’s five freshmen, despite a season-ending injury (broken hand) with seven games left…. thrown into the fire and responded with promising, though erratic play…. will be better this season…. has uncanny driving ability, which can draw fouls…. another good defender…. hard-nosed player out of Stearns High School…. an accounting major….

Erin Grealy

Sophomore, 5-9, guard, Medford, Mass.

If she gets on a roll, she’s tough to stop…. chicken pox stopped her only four games into 1992-93 season…. she will be back…. must improve shot selection and field goal percentage (26-for-79 career, .329)…. was voted team’s Sixth Player Award winner last season…. if she can play with confidence, she’ll help the team immensely…. a zoology major….

Katti Towle

Sophomore, 5-4, guard, Gorham

A sparkplug off the bench…. sat out last year after playing three games as a freshman…. is a redshirt sophomore, academic junior…. her current game resembles a poor man’s Cathy Iaconeta…. can shoot the three, but might be more dangerous driving to hoop…. she gives up height on defense, but she’ll sneak up on you and take the ball before you know what happened…. smallest body, biggest heart on team…. a biochemistry major….

Rita Sullivan

Sophomore, 6-0, center, Bangor

Has improved in leaps and bounds from last season…. may not have the best power on the team, but she posts up with the best of them…. overcame slow start this year to win starting center spot…. has developed a low-post crossover move which has been unstoppable, so far…. a journalism major…. a 4.0 high school GPA…. started one game as a freshman….

Sara Philbrick

Sophomore, 5-10, forward, Hamilton, Va.

An overlooked Bear…. stronger perimeter player than she has shown…. hard worker who does not complain…. coaches once had to notice she had a black eye because she didn’t say anything…. born in Bangor…. an undecided major…. won the “Coach’s Award” at end-of-season banquet last year….

Catherine Gallant

Freshman, 5-11, forward, Pincourt, Quebec

Following in the steps of Maine’s last Canadian player, Tracey Frenette…. is a comparable inside player to Frenette as a freshman…. played at same high school, John Abbot…. she has a knack for being around the ball…. grabbed 1,003 career rebounds in three H.S. years…. once offense is refined, Gallant could go down as one of school’s great small forwards… a phys ed major….

Stephanie Guidi

Freshman, 6-0, forward, Stormville, N.Y.

Vicious rebounder…. hang a sign around this frontcourt player “Do not take ball from Bear”…. intense, intense, intense…. she’s a banger inside with a nice outside touch that reaches 16-17 feet…. in second-ever game, against Florida International University, she scored 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds…. a sign of things to come, staff hopes…. an elementary education major….

Stacia Rustad

Freshman, 5-7, guard, Kenai, Alaska

Great story: Wanted to play Div. I ball, but nobody wanted to go to Alaska to recruit her. Sent tapes of herself to Maine; the rest is history…. good outside shooter, good ballhandler, intense defensive player…. she and Strong in same backcourt can give opposition fits…. needs to find consistency, but will be a formidable player over the rest of career…. education major…. scored 15 points against FIU and 10 vs. Mississippi


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