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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- University of Maine women's basketball head coach Richard Barron may have thrown the biggest lobster bake in Bangor this summer.

The play-caller for the U-Maine women's basketball team hosted the 3rd Annual Bears 'n Claws lobster bake, benefiting the Friends of Maine basketball.

Plenty of people hungry for lobsters filled the coach's front lawn sporting their bibs.

It was a chance for athletes and coaches to interact with the community and, for some, tackle their first ever lobster in Maine -- like the newly introduced freshman class.

"It's fun for them. it's a chance to talk about Maine why they came, re-energize our fan base. It's also a chance to acknowledge friends who have been there and supported us and only a couple of years ago we were really struggling so this is really important in terms of keeping the momentum," said Barron.

"Now we have a lot to build on. We've got lots to sell, we're talking a different language to the recruits about our success," he added.

The basketball team had the best turn-around season in women's college basketball last season, and look to keep that exciting going through the off season.

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