Date Posted:03/03/2004, 3:00PM
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The top-ranked Bowdoin College women's basketball team was honored by the NESCAC on Wednesday, sweeping the Conference's end-of-year awards. Lora Trenkle was named NESCAC Player of the Year while head coach Stefanie Pemper was tabbed as Coach of the Year. Justine Pouravelis was named NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year, while Eileen Flaherty was recognized as co-Rookie of the Year.
Bowdoin won their fourth-straight NESCAC Championship on Sunday, defeating Bates for the title. The Polar Bears (26-0) have tied the school record for wins and will host the Emmanuel/Salve Regina winner in the NCAA Second-Round on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Senior co-captain Trenkle (Surry, Maine) takes NESCAC Player of the Year honors for the second time in her career. A Preseason All-American, Trenkle leads Bowdoin in scoring (13.5), assists (3.8) and three-pointers (38) this season. She is second all-time at Bowdoin with 1,556 points and has played in more games than any other Polar Bear basketball player- men's or women's- in school history. She was also named NESCAC Player of the Year as a sophomore and has been a first-team selection for the past three seasons.
First-year Eileen Flaherty (Fairfield, Conn.) grabbed first-team All-NESCAC honors as a freshman and was honored with Co-Rookie of the Year honors. Flaherty is second on the team in both points (10.8) and rebounds (5.2). Since becoming a starter in January, Flaherty has reached double-digits in points 13 times in 20 games, including 24 points and 11 boards at Williams on January 30 and 22 points at Bates on February 7. She is the first Bowdoin player to win NESCAC Rookie of the Year since Trenkle did it in 2000-01.
Sophomore Justine Pouravelis was named NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year and a second-team All-Conference selection after posting a dominating season on the Polar Bear front line. After just two seasons, Pouravelis has set the career record for blocks at the school with 98. Her 68 blocks this season is a single-season record at Bowdoin and lead the conference, while her 63 steals are ranked fourth in the NESCAC. Bowdoin is the number-one ranked defense in the NCAA, allowing just 44.7 points per game.
Head Coach Stefanie Pemper was awarded NESCAC Coach of the Year after leading the Polar Bears to an unbeaten regular season and the fourth straight NESCAC Championship. Bowdoin is the only unbeaten team in Division III basketball- men's or women's- and enters the NCAA Tournament as the number one team in the nation. Pemper has posted an incredible 130-30 (.812) record since taking over the program in 1998-99 and has led Bowdoin to the NCAA Tournament in five of her six seasons.