Bears in Sweet Sixteen
JENN LARAIA, STAFF WRITER
The talk among sports fans at Bowdoin has been the
women's basketball team's ascent to the "Sweet Sixteen" level of the NCAA
Division III tournament. Not far down on the list of sports news, is,
of course, Kristi Royer '03 and her stellar play in the tournament and
season thus far.
While Royer leads the Lady Polar Bears in scoring and
in rebounds, her exceptional efforts over the past few weeks have not
gone unnoticed by NESCAC coaches. After starring in game against Eastern
Connecticut and leading the team to victory over Salem State this past
weekend, Royer was awarded the NESCAC Player of the Week.
As Royer has already received the award this season,
she's still in search of new and greater marks of distinction--a national
This past Saturday, Bowdoin defeated Salem State in
over-time to advance in the NCAA tournament. Royer led the team in scoring
with 23 points and also added nine rebounds. Stellar guard Jessie Mayol
'02 chipped in eleven points. Lauren Myers '01 scored eight points, while
Lora Trenkle '04 and Kristina Fugate '04 each scored seven points to aid
in the Bowdoin offensive.
Also contributing to the scoring effort were Nicole
Fava '03 with six points, Lindsey Bramwell '04 with five points, Courtney
Trotta '04 with three points, and Jamie Bennett '01 with two points. As
a team, Bowdoin proved its strength in foul shooting by sinking 29 of
35 attempts. Trenkle is ranked number one in the country for foul shooting,
making 88.2 percent.
Not only have the Lady Polar Bears experienced great
feats of individual and team performances, they have also surpassed expectations
to such a great degree that one has to wonder where they will end up.
From NESCAC champs to a "Sweet Sixteen" appearance-the first-ever in Bowdoin
women's basketball history-what a stellar season! And better yet, the
competition has just heated up; the Bowdoin team has proven itself ready
to face incredibly strong opponents-and to take it all the way.
Royer comments before the game: "The team is incredibly
psyched up about making it to the Sweet Sixteen and is ready to play on
Friday. Going into the game, I think that one of the most important things
is that we have confidence in ourselves and in our ability to play as
a team; together we will achieve success." The team will take on New York
University (ranked number two) on Friday night at 8:00 in Manhattan. The
winner of this game will advance to play again on Saturday night in sectional
Fava '03 (23) drives towards the hoop.
Bowdoin is in NYC competing for the right to advance.
(Colin LeCroy/Bowdoin Orient)