BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's basketball team returns to the NCAA Tournament after a one-year absence and will host a first and second-round regional this weekend at Morrell Gymnasium.
Roger Williams and Plattsburgh State will get things started at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, followed by Bowdoin and Castleton at 7:00 p.m. The winners will meet Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. for a trip to the "Sweet Sixteen".
Complete regional information, including ticket prices and links to live coverage, is at the tournament home page link below. Read below for a capsule on all four competing teams.
Bowdoin College Polar Bears
The Bowdoin College women's basketball team qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the 13th time in the last 14 seasons as a Pool C selection...the Polar Bears have advanced to the "Sweet Sixteen" on ten occasions, including five "Elite Eight" appearances and a trip to the Division III Championship game in 2004...Bowdoin missed the NCAA Tournament last season for the first time since 2000...in 13 previous NCAA Tournament trips, Bowdoin owns a 27-13 record, including a 15-1 record in Morrell Gymnasium in NCAA play...overall, since the 2002-03 season, Bowdoin owns a 146-16 record at home...sophomore forward Shannon Brady and junior guard Sara Binkhorst were recognized in All-Conference honors this week...Binkhorst was named First Team All-NESCAC while Brady earned Second Team honors...the Polar Bears reached the 20-win plateau for the 12th time in the last 14 seasons against a strength of schedule that ranked 15th among all Division III programs...Bowdoin is one of 12 schools to have both its men's and women's team qualify for NCAA's this season.
Castleton State College Spartans
The Castleton women's basketball team enters the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years after earning the automatic bid from the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) with a 73-49 victory over Colby-Sawyer in the NAC Championship … Junior Jade Desroches earned Tournament MVP honors after recording 16 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals in the title game … Castleton is making the program's third NCAA Tournament appearance … In the team's previous trips they fell to Bowdoin in the first round in 2009 and Juniata in the opening round in 2012 … The Spartans are 25-3 this year, including a 20-1 mark against conference opponents … Castleton hasn't allowed more than 66 points in a game this year and currently leads the nation in both scoring defense (44.9) and opponent field goal percentage (29.6) while ranking fourth in opponent three-point percentage (22.7) … Four players earned all-conference honors this year, led by Alyssa Leonard who was honored as the NAC Player of the Year … Senior Liz Douglass was named the NAC Defensive Player of the Year while Jade Desroches was named to the all-conference first team and Meghan O'Sullivan earned second-team honors.
Plattsburgh State University Cardinals
Plattsburgh State is in the midst of its best season in school history. The 22-5 record is the best single-season record in the history of the program and the 22 triumphs are the most in any single season by the Cardinals…Led by 2013-14 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Coach of the Year Cheryl Cole and 2013-14 SUNYAC Player of the Year senior Kathleen Payne, the Cardinals are making their first-ever appearance in the tournament after defeating SUNY Geneseo 57-52 in the finals of the 2013-14 SUNYAC Tournament which was hosted by Plattsburgh State for the first time...On Jan. 25 at Fredonia State, Payne poured in 19 points to take over as the program's all-time leading scorer. A little less than one month later, her 14 rebounds in the Cardinals' regular season finale made her the top rebounder in the history of the program…Payne, who is averaging a SUNYAC second-best 19.7 points per game, is the first Plattsburgh State player to be named the SUNYAC's Player of the Year…Brittany Marshall leads the SUNYAC in assists per game (5.8) and is 10th in the conference in scoring (12.7 ppg).
Roger Williams University Hawks
The Roger Williams University Women's Basketball team is currently enjoying its best season in program history, setting a school record with 22 wins on the year...RWU finished the regular season in second place in The Commonwealth Coast Conference with a 15-3 record, while advancing to the CCC Championship Game for the first time in program history...The team's berth to the NCAA Tournament is also the first in program history...The Hawks are led by 2013-14 CCC Player of the Year Kaitlyn Bovee, who leads RWU in scoring, rebounding, and three-pointers made. She became the first Capital One Academic All-District player in Roger Williams' women's basketball history and broke the career scoring record of 1,370.