For the UMaine women's basketball team, the road to an America East Conference title began Monday with the first formal practice of the season.

Coach Amy Vachon and her Black Bears won the AE title a year ago and then took on the Texas Longhorns in the first round of the NCAAs. It had been 13 years since their last NCAA appearance.

With the exception of guard Julie Brosseau (11 PPG), who transferred to the Utah, the Black Bears return all of their starters.

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Blanca Millan, a junior from Spain, led Maine with 17.5 points a game. Guard Tanesha  Sutton averaged 12 points and seven rebounds a game a year ago.

Fanny Wadling, Dor Saar and Parise Rossignol all saw lots of minutes last season also return.

The Bears will host Division II Stonehill November 3rd and then open the regular season hosting Toledo on November 10th.

The non-conference schedule includes the Duke Blue Devils coming to the Cross Center and games at the ACC's North Carolina and NC State.