Lora Trenkle Cooperman of the Class of 2004, one of the greatest players in the history of Bowdoin’s storied women’s basketball program, your extraordinary individual accomplishments were matched only by the success of the team you captained. Your career statistics place you in the College’s top ten all-time in career and single season points, assists, free throws, free-throw percentage, three-pointers, three-point percentage, and points per game, as well as top ten in career field goals and field goal percentage.
Consistently recognized as the most dominant player in the conference and one of the most outstanding in the entire nation, you were twice named NESCAC, Maine, and New England Player of the Year; you were included on the All-NESCAC First Team three times; and you were a three-time WBCA All-American. In your senior season, you were named a First Team All-American and a member of the NCAA All-Tournament Team. In naming you to its All-Decade Team, D3hoops.com noted that you “took ownership of situations when the game was on the line and [were] a player who was not just a scorer and passer, but a difference-maker on both ends of the floor.” Last year you were inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.
Your impact on the women’s basketball program was profound. You led the Polar Bears to the NESCAC championship and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament in each of your four years at Bowdoin; twice your teams reached the Elite Eight; and, as captain in your senior year, you led the team to its first-ever appearance in the national championship game. Over four years, your teams posted a record of 103 wins against just fourteen losses, including an undefeated regular season in your senior year.
You have been recognized nationally as one of the great players in Division III history, but we are proudest of how you exemplified and elevated Bowdoin basketball. For your individual talent and drive, your leadership, your legacy of excellence, and your indelible imprint on the women’s basketball program, we are delighted to celebrate your induction into the Bowdoin College Athletic Hall