Date Posted:03/06/2006,  3:00PM

Pouravelis, Flaherty and Pemper Earn NESCAC Honors

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College's Justine Pouravelis (Old Orchard Beach, Maine) and Eileen Flaherty (Fairfield, Conn.) have been named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference's Women's Basketball First-Team in selections announced last week. In addition, Pouravelis grabbed her third straight Defensive Player of the Year award while Stefanie Pemper was named NESCAC Coach of the Year by her peers.

The Polar Bears are 26-2 heading into the Sectionals this weekend at Southern Maine. Fifth-ranked Bowdoin will take on eighth-ranked Mary Washington in the early game on Friday, March 11, while Southern Maine will host Bridgewater (Va.) State in the second contest. Gametimes and ticket information will be announced on Tuesday.

Junior Eileen Flaherty averaged a career-high 16.2 points per game this season in earning her third-straight First-Team selection. She became just the 10th player in school history to surpass 1,000 career points (currently 1,244) and is just the fifth player in women's basketball history to have over 1,000 points and 500 rebounds (currently 519) in her career.

Senior Justine Pouravelis earned her second First-Team nod and her third Defensive Player of the Year trophy for her performance this season. She is the only Bowdoin basketball player (men's or women's) to surpass the three-digit plateau in career assists, blocks and steals. In addition to 883 career points and 774 career rebounds, she is the school?s all-time leader in blocks (206), and ranks among the program's all-time leaders in steals (243) and assists (192).

Pemper earned her third NESCAC Coach of the Year award after leading Bowdoin to their sixth-straight NESCAC title. With two wins last weekend, Pemper became the all-time winningest coach in Bowdoin women's basketball history with a record of 186-36. She has reached 186 wins in just eight years, surpassing former head coach Harvey Shapiro's 184 career victories. In addition, she has guided this senior class to an impressive 108-9 record over the past four years.