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Lady Bengals head to national tourney for the second time in three years

March 3, 2006

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent Women's Basketball Team will go to Sioux City, Iowa with a school record 15 straight wins, an undefeated Sunrise season (10-0) and a 19-9 overall record on March 6.

The Lady Bengals last loss (64-44) was back on January 11 to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Independent Saint Joseph's College of Maine.

Coach Lucas Levesque's team has responded to that loss by reeling off the school record 15 straight wins and they feel they are in a good position to make some noise as they head to the national tournament for the second time in three years.

This year's team has been led by its backcourt and the surprising play of a very inexperienced frontcourt. The junior trio, April Allen of Milo, Maine; Nicole Corbin of Van Buren, Maine and Dana Lemon of Richmond, Virginia has combined to log major minutes this season with major results.

Allen was recently named to the Sunrise Conference Second Team and was the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Final Four.

Corbin was number two in scoring this season in the Sunrise and was named to the conference first team.

Lemon was named MVP of the Sunrise for her play during the regular season. She only scored 8.7 points per game but dished out 113 assists in 27 games (4.18 per contest) and had only 54 turnovers. Lemon also had almost 3 steals per game (2.78).

Tracie Weatherhead of Limestone, Maine, a super sophomore, leads a frontcourt which was expected to be depleted with the loss of 2005 Sunrise Conference standout Mary-Anne Welsh of Queens, NewYork, who transferred out. In addition to, the loss of freshmen standout and first semester Sunrise Conference scoring leader, Amanda Davis of Wiscasset, Maine, because of personal reasons.

Weatherhead was named to the Sunrise Second Team and had a team-high 17 points and game-high 13 rebounds in the Sunrise Championship win against Lyndon State. She averaged 8.7 points per game and 8.7 rebounds on the season.

Sunrise Rookie of the Year, Arcilla Jeffers of St. Kitts completes the starting five for the Lady Bengals and averaged just under 10 points per contest (9.9) and grabbed 7.8 rebounds. She shook off some early season culture shock and injuries to complete a fine first season as UMFK's starting center. She shot a team best 45 percent from the floor.

Perhaps the Lady Bengals only weakness may be their bench but all players on Coach Levesque's 12 player roster during the season made positive contributions and the team would not be where they are now without them.

The tournament will be held through March 14 at Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena.

The University of Maine at Fort Kent Lady Bengals will play against Cedarville University of Ohio on Wednesday, March 8 at 3:15 p.m. Eastern Time.

The first 30 games of the tournament will be video streamed live on the internet. Visit www.naia.org for further information.

For more information on the University of Maine at Fort Kent Women's Basketball program, please contact Head Coach Levesque at 207-834-7876 or by e-mail at lucas.levesque@maine.edu . You may also contact UMFK Sports Information Director Eric Werntgen at 207-834-7828 or by e-mail at werntgen@maine.edu with any questions or concerns.