ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine women's basketball program has announced that it has received a National Letter of Intent from junior college transfer Isabella (Bella) Swan. Swan transfers to the Black Bears from Salt Lake Community College.
"We are all very excited about Bella joining us," commented head coach Richard Barron. "She is certainly my type of player - versatile, tough and very energetic. Bella is very long and athletic, can defend any position on the floor, rebounds well, can attack off the dribble and hit shots facing the basket, and she plays very very hard. She is a tough nosed competitor who has been very well coached and will pick up our offensive and defensive systems quickly. Bella also will make a seamless transition mixing in with our team. She immediately connected with our players on her visit."
Swan, a 5-11 guard/forward, joins the Black Bears a year after averaging 8.1 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 50.5-percent from the floor to help lead Salt Lake Community College to a 26-8 record and a spot in the second round of the Division-I Junior College National Championship in Kansas.
Swan, a native of Farmington, Ut., attended Viewmont High School where she averaged 10.6 points her senior year. While at Viewmont, Swan earned both Most Improved Player and Most Valuable Player awards. Swan played club basketball with the Utah Fight.
Swan is the daughter David and Chandra and has four siblings; David, Sophia, Grace and Olivia. Swan also played soccer and competed in track in high school.
"Our entire program is really excited about our incoming class," added Barron. "Bella, along with Kirsten, Janessa and Parise make us bigger, more athletic, and deeper than last year. We will have a lot of weapons and different possible lineup combinations. There is a lot to look forward to over the next couple of years!"
The eligibility of all student-athletes is contingent upon admission to the University of Maine and compliance with all NCAA rules, including registration with the NCAA Clearinghouse.