JENN LARAIA, STAFF WRITER
The Bowdoin women's basketball team has had a stellar
week-they've been crowned NESCAC champions and have advanced to the next
round of the NCAA Division III tournament. Also, Bowdoin players received
some individual awards: Kristi Royer '03, who leads the team in scoring,
was named to the First Team All-NESCAC Women's Basketball Team, while
Lora Trenkle '04, the freshman star, was named to the Second Team.
Trenkle was also awarded NESCAC Rookie of the Year.
While the team is rich in talent, Bowdoin will be relying on the leadership
of these two players.
This past Friday, Bowdoin defeated Amherst 54-41 to
take home the NESCAC title. Trenkle led the Bowdoin offensive, netting
15 points, while Royer chipped in a solid 13 points.
Jessie Mayol '02 and Lauren Myers '01 each contributed
seven points to aid in the Bowdoin effort. Also making a sizable contribution
was Kristina Fugate '04, who chipped in six points. The Lady Polar Bears
improved their record to 19-7 with the win.
Jamie Bennett, '01, a senior captain, comments on the
win: "Winning the first-ever NESCAC tournament is quite an honor. This
team is amazing, both as athletes and as people.
Everyone is willing to give her all. I'm psyched that
this team has made it to the NCAAs together. We have worked hard for this
opportunity." Achieving the NESCAC title obviously generated considerable
momentum for the Polar Bears' opening match-up of the NCAA tournament.
This past Wednesday, Bowdoin traveled to Eastern Connecticut
State College to win the first round of the national tournament with a
score of 61 to 53. Royer led the team in scoring, adding 22 points to
her season's total. Trenkle contributed 14 points, while Mayol and Myers
each netted eight points; Mayol also ended the game with six assists.
Nicole Fava '03 scored six points and Lindsey Bramwell '04 added three
points to help put Bowdoin over the Eastern Connecticut Warriors. With
the win the Lady Polar Bears improved their record to 20-7 and have advanced
to the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament. Bowdoin will take on
Salem State on Saturday. The winner the Bowdoin vs. Salem State game will
advance to the "Sweet Sixteen." After the stellar performances of the
past week, Bowdoin is ready to take on even the most formidable of opponents;
the team is ready to go all the way.
lonely at the top.
(Colin LeCroy/The Bowdoin Orient)