All-rounder from Spain joins UMaine women’s basketball team
June 4 — The University of Maine’s women’s basketball program once again tapped into its European recruiting pipeline to bring another player to Orono.
Marta Urbano, a 6-foot-1 guard and forward from Badalona, Spain, is expected to join head coach Amy Vachon’s Black Bears for the 2021-22 season.
Urbano becomes the third Spaniard on the list, joining second-year guard Alba Orois and new signing Paula Gallego. Recently graduated star Blanca Millan, two East American player of the year and defensive player of the year, was also Spanish.
“A new way is coming … So excited to be a black bear!” Urbano said on his Twitter account on Friday.
Urbano last November pledged to attend Eastern Kentucky University for next season. She apparently backed down after Colonels head coach Samantha Williams stepped down in April after two seasons to become an assistant at the University of Tennessee.
Urbano is expected to bring a combination of job and scope skills to UMaine.
“We are thrilled to be able to add a student-athlete of Marta’s caliber to our Black Bear family,” said Vachon. “Marta is a versatile 6-1 / 2-inch guard / striker combo who can display strong and also come out and hit all three. With her strong work ethic and family values, Marta will fit in perfectly with UMaine.”
According to Eastern Kentucky coach Samantha Williams, Urbano had received some attention from the Power 5 basketball programs (conference).
In Spain, attended the Public Institute La Llauna and gained experience in several leagues with Cadete (U16), four years with Catalan and more recently playing for the basketball club Maresme Boet Mataro 3 Viles.
Urbano also competed in La Liga Femenina 2, a Spanish semi-professional second division league of the Spanish semi-professional league. The double captain won a Catalan championship and two national vice-champions.