BANGOR, Maine - Two current Husson University student-athletes, Sami Ireland (Women's Basketball) and Justin Thompson (Men's Basketball) recently had their mothers enshrined into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame (MBHOF) as members of the Class of 2019.
Sami's mother Becky Moholland Ireland '96 was a two-year letterwinner at Husson as center from 1995-96 after transferring from the University of Maine at Machias, while Justin's mother Stephanie Carter-Thompson began her career at the University of Maine (1989-90) before finishing her career at Husson's arch rival at the time, Saint Joseph's College of Maine (1991-92).
In her two years on the Husson hardwood, Moholland tallied 447 points, 349 rebounds, 123 blocks, 85 assists and 75 steals in 57 career games played for Hall of Fame head coach Kissy Walker '03G. She shot 35.0 percent (182-526) from the floor, and 48.2 percent (81-168) from the free throw line.
To this day, she remains the Husson's all-time career leader in blocked shot average and ranks among the top 25 career leaders in blocked shots and rebounding average.
The 1996 All-Maine Athletic Conference Second Team selection is just one of the four players in program history to record 100 career blocks. As a sophomore at UMaine-Machias, she led the country in rebounding average with 19.0 boards per game. She finished her college career with 1,221 points and 946 rebounds.
Moholland is the first player and third individual associated with the Husson women's basketball program to be inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame.
Carter's college career started at UMaine, playing for Trish Roberts. The 1989-90 Black Bear team included past MBHOF inductees Rachel Bouchard, Julie Bradstreet and Cathy Iaconeta, a team that went 23-7 and played in the Women's National Invitational Tournament.
She then transferred to Saint Joseph's (Maine) to study nursing and play two seasons for Coach Mike McDevitt. Carter helped the Monks post a 47-13 overall record with two NAIA District V Championships and NAIA National Tournament berths in 1991 and 1992. Both District V title victories came at the expense of Coach Walker's Braves.
As a Monk, Carter was named District and Conference Player of the Year in 1992, and was a two-time All-District Selection in 1991 and 1992.
Carter finished her Monk career with 836 points, 596 rebounds, 97 assists, 107 steals, and 64 blocks in 60 career games played. She shot 51.2 percent (329-642) from the floor and 70.9 percent (197-278) from the charity line.
Both Moholland and Carter are members of the Maine schoolgirl 1,000-point club, while Carter held the top spot for four seasons until Cindy Blodget passed her during the 1992-93 school season.
This upcoming season, Sami Ireland enters her senior season as a center for Coach Walker's Eagles, whereas Justin Thompson jumps into his junior season as a guard for Coach Warren Caruso's Eagles.