Women's basketball prepares for another elite season in '03
After achieving a stellar record of 26-2 last season, winning the 2001-2002 NESCAC Championship, and going all the way to the Elite Eight in NCAA Division III, the Bowdoin Women's Basketball Team has a tough act to follow in 2002-2003.
Coming off a victory against th
e University of Maine at Farmington in a scrimmage last weekend, the Polar Bears are ready to kick off the official season this Saturday. In a tournament at Skidmore, Bowdoin is matched up against Western Connecticut.
Eleven players from last year's talented squad are returning to play this year. Jessie Mayol '02 is the only player that graduated from last year's formidable roster. Heading into what should be another successful season, the Polar Bears will be led by senior co-captains Kristi Royer and Corinne Pellegrini.
Royer's career at Bowdoin has been marked with numerous individual awards, including a selection to the NCAA District One All-American team. Jess Reuben '03 adds height and rebounding strength at the center position.
Juniors Lora Trenkle, Lindsay Bramwell, Courtney Trotta, Kristina Fugate, and Beth Damon carry their tournament experience into this season. Trenkle, who led the team in scoring last season with a 15.4 points-per-game average, was also named an NCAA District One All-American. Bramwell, who averaged over seven points a game last season, was also a considerable rebounding force.
Erika Nickerson '05 and Maren Leuer '05 are strong in the forward position, while Alison Smith '05, a starting guard last season, was a leading defensive force in steals last year. The four first-year players, Lauren Withey, Justine Pouravelis, Vanessa Russell, and Ashleigh Watson will add considerable depth to the squad.
Royer is optimistic about the team's potential this season, "The team's biggest strengths are our ability to run the floor, as well as our experience and depth."