Amy Harper Munger

Amy Harper Munger

One of the first superstars in the history of women's basketball at Bowdoin, Amy Harper Munger laid the groundwork for a program that is now a nationally recognized power. An on-court leader and unstoppable scorer, she became the first women's basketball All-American in Bowdoin history.

Harper came to Bowdoin from Doherty Memorial High School in Worcester, Massachusetts, and made an immediate impact, leading the squad with 12.4 points per game as a freshman. On a cold evening in early February of her rookie season, the newcomer gave a glimpse of the future, posting a school-record 34 points in a 55-53 win against the University of New England. As a sophomore, Harper again led the team in scoring, tallying 14.4 points per contest and earning the program's first-ever Alumnae Award, rewarding the women's basketball player who "best exemplifies the spirit of Bowdoin Women's Basketball, combining talent with unselfish play and good sportsmanship." At that point, there was little doubt about Harper's talent, as she set school marks for most free throws in a season and established a new single-game record by scoring 38 points against St. Joseph's.

Her junior and senior seasons placed Harper among elite company in college basketball. She averaged 18.4 and 18.9 points per game in back-to-back stellar campaigns, but also became an incredible all-around talent and leader, serving as captain both years In the 1984-85 season, she set single-game Bowdoin records in assists (10), steals (11) and field goals made (14). That year she became only the second Bowdoin woman to score 1,000 points, and then cruised to a school record of 1,316 career points. She led the team to its first-ever postseason appearance, in which they reached the finals of the Northeast Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament before bowing to Conn. College.

At the conclusion of the 1984-85 season, Harper was named the New England Small College Player of the Year and First-Team All-New England, and was honored as an All-American, taking First-Team College Division honors. Harper's domination has withstood the test of time and is more remarkable given that she played prior to the three-point-shot era. She still holds the top five single-game scoring marks in Bowdoin history and is third on the College's all-time scoring list, despite not appearing in the top ten of games played. Her mark of 370 career free-throws still stands, and she also graduated holding the single-season marks in assists (124, currently third) and steals (107, currently second), records which have since been broken.

Harper was also an outstanding four-year tennis player for the Polar Bears, serving as captain her senior year. The 1981 team went 13-1, tying a then-school record for wins and setting a still-standing record for best winning percentage. During her four years, she was a three-time Maine state singles champion and also played softball. Amy Harper Munger lives in Worcester, Massachusetts, with her husband Bruce U. Munger, Jr. '78 and her two children, Ursula and Heidi.