Junior guard Blanca Millan became just the second University of Maine basketball player to be named America East Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year on Tuesday.
Kim Corbitt won the same two awards in 2005.
Millan and Corbitt are two of only four players in league history to win both awards in the same year.
Black Bears head coach Amy Vachon became the sixth coach in league history to win back-to-back Coach of the Year honors.
Augusta native Vachon, in her second full season, guided UMaine to a second straight league regular-season title at 15-1. The Black Bears (22-7) take an 11-game winning streak into Wednesday’s 7 p.m. America East quarterfinal against New Hampshire in Bangor.
Joining Millan on the All-America East first team was UMaine senior guard-forward Tanesha Sutton.
The other Black Bear award-winners were graduate student Parise Rossignol of Van Buren, who was a second-team selection, and sophomore guard Dor Saar, a third-team choice.
Millan is on the all-defensive team and Rossignol earned a spot on the all-academic team as did junior forward Fanny Wadling.
Millan and Sutton are joined on the All-AE first team by senior guards Shania Johnson and Jerell Matthews of Stony Brook and Lindsey Abed of Hartford.
Rossignol is accompanied on the second team by Binghamton’s Rebecca Carmody and Kai Moon, Hartford’s Jade Young, and Albany’s Heather Forster.
In addition to Saar, the other third-team picks are Albany’s Kyara Frames, Hartford’s Sierra DaCosta, UMass Lowell’s Brianna Rudolph and Vermont’s Hanna Crymble.
Carmody, Young, Abed and Vermont’s Candice Wright were on the all-defensive team along with Millan.
New Hampshire freshman guard Kari Brekke is the Rookie of the Year.
Forster, Abed and Crymble accompany Wadling and Rossignol are on the all-academic team.
The 6-foot-1 Millan earns her second consecutive first-team selection and all-defensive team spot after leading the league in scoring (17.6 points per game) and in steals (2.8 spg), the latter of which ranks 22nd in the nation. She is second in the league in blocked shots (1.4).
Millan scored 20 or more points in 12 of UMaine’s 29 games to reach 1,000 career points and registered five or more steals in a game six times.
The native of Spain is a 43.4 percent shooter and is averaging 4.1 rebounds and 2 assists. She ranks 15th in the country with 82 steals.
“I keep saying it’s my teammates and coaches who push me to my limit every day that make me better,” Millan said.
“I knew I had a good year but I didn’t think about it,” she said of the awards.
Millan said she is proudest of her defense as she often guards the opponent’s leading scorer.
“It’s harder to play defense. You have to lock down. But you know if you shut them down, it makes it easier for us,” Millan said.
Vachon, a former UMaine point guard and member of the Maine and University of Maine sports halls of fame, sports a 56-24 record in 2 1/2 seasons.
“It’s a great honor to be chosen by the America East coaches to be coach of the year,” said Vachon. “This award is a reflection of our staff and players’ hard work. They do all the hard work!”
She added that she was “happy and proud of all of our kids who earned awards. Well-earned and very deserving.”
The 5-10 Sutton, from Philadelphia, ranks in the AE top 10 in points per game (14.1, 5th), rebounds (7.2, 3rd), assists (2.6, 9th) and steals (1.7, 9th). Her 50.3 percent shooting percentage leads the conference.
Sutton was a second-team pick last year.
The 5-8 Rossignol, who won the league’s Sixth Player Award last season, has flourished in a starting role. She is averaging a career-high 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists, and leads the league in 3-point shooting percentage (.412) and is fifth in 3-pointers (2.2 per game).
Saar, the 2018 Rookie of the Year, led America East in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.46) and ranks 26th in the nation. Her five assists per game is second best in the league.
The 5-6 native of Israel also averaged 8.9 points and 2.2 rebounds.
Wadling, who is from Sweden, was a repeat selection to the all-academic team with her league-best 3.89 grade point average in kinesiology and physical education. Rossignol has a 3.67 GPA in education.