Wells High graduate Natalie Thurber, right, and Kristen Huntress of Lake Region High have been named captains for
the upcoming Central Maine women’s basketball season. (PHOTO COURTESY OF CMMUSTANGS.COM)

AUBURN – Central Maine women’s basketball head coach Andrew Morong has announced the women’s basketball captains for the 2019-20 season. Kristen Huntress of Harrison and Natalie Thurber of Wells were pivotal members of the 2018 National Finalist and 2019 National Championship teams.

Thurber, who was selected to the 2018 YSCC All-Conference second team was third on the team in scoring this past season, averaging 9.4 points in 19.4 minutes per game. She played in 27 games, making six starts while scoring in double figures 16 times.

Kristen Huntress was recognized as the 2019 CMCC Female Student-Athlete of the Year for her accomplishments on the court and in the classroom. Following the 2019 National Championship team, Huntress was named to the USCAA National Tournament AllTournament Team.

“It is rare for us to have three-year players, so we feel very fortunate to have Kris and Nat back on our roster this season,” Morong said. “When we found out they could take 30 more credits, transfer three years of courses, and finish their bachelor’s degree on time in just one year post-CM, it was a no-brainer for them, their families, and our program. They both will provide the guidance our program needs with a team that includes eleven newcomers. I also believe that this is an important step for both of them as they continue their journey as strong female leaders beyond the basketball court.”

The 2019-20 season kicksoff with the annual Alumni Game on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 5:30 p.m. The following weekend, the Lady Mustangs will open regular season play as they host the annual Can-Am Tournament.

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