Date Posted:03/24/2003, 8:00AM
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College women's basketball players Lora Trenkle (Surry, Maine) and Kristi Royer (Lewiston, Maine) have both been honored as selections for the District I All-American team as well as the D3Hoops.com All-American team. The Polar Bears finished their season with a mark of 26-3, collecting their third straight NESCAC title and a second-straight NCAA Elite Eight appearance.
"With the depth of talent in New England it's quite an honor for Kristi and Lora to receive this prestigious award," according to head coach Stefanie Pemper. "They both work very hard and have been committed their entire careers to Bowdoin being one of the top programs in the country. Certainly what they did for us this year was special. It's nice to see them recognized."
Senior forward Kristi Royer closed out her Bowdoin career with a flourish, averaging 14.4 points and 7.0 rebounds to go along with 1.7 blocks per game. Royer ends her career with 1,438 career points, second on Bowdoin's all-time scoring list.
"Kristi played at an incredibly high level the second half of the season when we needed her," comments Pemper. "There were a few big games where she practically put us on her back and carried us. Kristi really matured this year as a team leader and there's no question that development mirrored our team's success. When you consider the combination of her offensive versatility, her defense and athleticism, and her competitive drive, she's as good as any player in Div. III."
Junior guard Lora Trenkle was named a District I All-American for the second straight season and was tabbed as a D3Hoops.com third-team choice in 2002-03. Trenkle moved from shooting guard to the point this season and averaged 14.4 points per game and 3.1 assists per contest. She also surpassed the 1,000 point plateau in a victory over Connecticut College during the season.
"Lora quietly had a fantastic season and continues to be a picture of consistency and determination," says the head coach. "She accepted a large part of the responsibility of running our team from the point, and she gracefully balanced scoring when we needed her to with making others better with her playmaking. Her scoring average was down a bit but her assists, steals, and rebounds, were way up. From Day One she was more important to us than any other player and when you consider what she accomplished with so many teams aiming for her, it's all the more impressive."