Women's Basketball NCAA Semifinal Preview (VIDEO)

Photos courtesy of Jen Burton
Photos courtesy of Jen Burton

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's basketball team will return to the NCAA Division III semifinals for the first time since 2004 when they face Wartburg (Iowa) College on Friday, March 16 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota.

Thomas More (30-1) and Amherst (31-0) will play in the first semifinal game at 6:00 p.m. (ET) on Friday, followed by the Polar Bears (28-2) and Knights (31-0) at 8:30 p.m. (ET). The winners will play for the NCAA Division III Championship on Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m. (ET).

Complete "Final Four" information is below, including links to live coverage.

Click here for a video preview with juniors Abby Kelly and Taylor Choate

Ticket Information
Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Single sessions are $12/adults and $7 senior/student/child. An all-session pass is available for $20/adult, $12 senior/student/child.

Broadcast Information

The NCAA will provide a live broadcast of all games from the championship site at NCAA.com/liveschedule. Live statistics will also be available.

Bowdoin "Final Four" Notes - Season Statistics - Updated NCAA Tournament Bracket

  • The Bowdoin College women's basketball team qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the 17th time in the last 18 seasons and reached the "Sweet Sixteen" for the 12th time in the last 18 years.
  • Bowdoin will be making its second "Final Four" appearance - its only other trip came in 2004 when the Polar Bears suffered their only loss of the season in the national title game to Wilmington (OH), ending the year as NCAA Runners-up with a 30-1 record.
  • The Polar Bears have racked up the third-most wins in a single-season in program history (28) and their only two losses are to top-ten teams Amherst and Tufts. The 28 victories are the most for the program since a 29-win campaign in 2006-07. 
  • Bowdoin owns the 8th-best strength of schedule in Division III this season and was ranked 5th in the final D3Hoops.com and WBCA Division III poll entering the Tournament.
  • The Polar Bears are averaging 80.6 ppg—with each of their 28 wins coming by 10 or more points. Bowdoin's average margin of victory is 28.5 ppg.
  • After being bounced by Tufts in the NESCAC semifinals, Bowdoin earned an at-large NCAA bid and defeated unranked Husson and FDU-Florham in the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament. They then traveled to Pennsylvania to knock off seventh-ranked Scranton and sixth-ranked Tufts in consecutive nights to advance to the national semifinals. 
  • Bowdoin is also the only team in the tournament to win every one of their games by double-figures, with the average margin of victory being an astounding 28.5 points. 
  • Senior guard Kate Kerrigan was named the NESCAC Player of the Year and NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year. She is the fourth Bowdoin player to earn POTY honors, joining Lora Trenkle '04, Eileen Flaherty '07 and Shannon Brady '16. She joins Justine Pouravelis '06 as the only three-time NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year in league history. 
  • In her tenth season at Bowdoin, head coach Adrienne Shibles has led Bowdoin to nine NCAA Tournament bids and owns a 222-62 (.782) record with the Polar Bears, including 20 wins in nine of her ten campaigns. The team's 28-win season in 2017-18 is the program's best win total under Shibles.

Scouting the Wartburg Knights - Season Statistics

  • The Knights swept through the 16-game IIAC regular-season, while beating Loras (63-46) and Luther (86-74) to capture the conference's tournament title—and the IIAC's automatic NCAA berth.
  • Wartburg's four-game NCAA run included wins over Webster (86-45), George Fox (82-58), Trine (78-54), and East Texas Baptist (65-61).
  • The Knights are making their 12th NCAA Tournament appearance—including each of the last three years.
  • One of two teams to remain unbeaten in Division III women's basketball, the Knights head into this weekend's NCAA championship ranked second in both the WBCA and D3hoops.com Polls.
  • Wartburg enters the weekend boasting three players—Katie Sommer (14.8 ppg), Miranda Murphy (11.5 ppg), and Morgan Neuendorf (11.4 ppg)—averaging in double figures.
  • As a team, Wartburg has knocked down 262 three-pointers, led by Katie Sommer (64), Kristie Sommer (63), and Murphy (43).
  • Wartburg is averaging 77.4 ppg—with an average margin of victory at 20.8.

Social Media

  • Follow @GoUBears and @BowdoinWBB and the hashtag #d3basketball on Twitter to follow all the action live from Rochester beginning on Wednesday