Kristen Huntress, left, of Harrison and Natalie Thurbe of Wells have been chosen as captains for the Central Maine Community College women’s basketball team for the 2019-20 season. Central Maine Community College

AUBURN — Central Maine Community College women’s basketball coach Andrew Morong recently announced Kristen Huntress and Natalie Thurber as team captains for the 2019-20 season.

Both Huntress and Thurber were pivotal members of the 2018 national finalist and 2019 national championship teams.

Natalie Thurber , of Wells and Wells High School, was selected to the 2018 YSCC all-conference second team and was third on the Mustangs in scoring last season, averaging 9.4 points. She played in 27 games, making six starts and scoring in double figures 16 times.

Kristen Huntress, of Harrison and Lake Region High School) 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 win, Huntress was named to the USCAA National Tournament all-tournament 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,” Morang 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 11 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 kicks off with the annual alumni game on Saturday, October 19, at 5:30 p.m. The following weekend, the Mustangs will open regular season play by hosting the annual Can-Am Tournament. The full schedule can be found at

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