Bowdoin Women's Basketball 2018-19 Season Preview

Photos courtesy of Jen Burton
Photos courtesy of Jen Burton

Head Coach: Adrienne Shibles
Captains: Taylor Choate, Hannah Graham, Abby Kelly

2017-18 Recap (29-3): One of the finest seasons in Bowdoin women's basketball history saw the Polar Bears advance to the Division III national championship game for the second time in program history. The Polar Bears recorded the second-most wins in school history and advanced to their second "Final Four". Bowdoin raced out to a 19-game win streak before falling to Amherst in the end of the January. The team earned the number two seed to the NESCAC tournament and advanced to the semifinals before falling to Tufts. Bowdoin flipped the script on Tufts in the NCAA regional final and punched a ticket to the national semifinals, where they routed previously-unbeaten Wartburg before falling to Amherst in the national title game. Senior captain Kate Kerrigan repeated as NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year and added several more accolades to her resume. Kerrigan was named NESCAC Player of the Year, NEWBA and D3Hoops Regional Player of the Year, and National Player of the Year.

2018-19 Preview: While Kerrigan left a large hole to be filled, the Polar Bears depth will continue to being a significant asset. Second Team All-NESCAC selection Abby Kelly led the team with 11.7 PPG last season. Taylor Choate also saw significant playing time, averaging 24.1 minutes per game, and ended the season third on the team in scoring (9.4 PPG). Bowdoin hosts the Coastal Tip-Off to begin their 2018-19 campaign, facing Regis (Nov. 16, 5:00 p.m.) and Colby-Sawyer (Nov. 17, 4:00 p.m.). NESCAC play begins on Friday, January 4 at Bates. The Polar Bears face rival Tufts the following day and return to Morrell Gym for a conference game against Trinity on January 11. Bowdoin and Amherst play in a rematch of the 2018 National Championship game on January 26 in Morrell Gymnasium. The Polar Bears are ranked second in the season-opening WBCA Division III poll. 

Follow Online: Watch home games courtesy of the Northeast Sports Network and all contests will be available via live statistics. You can also follow the team on Twitter, Instagram and on the free Bowdoin Front App, available on the App Store for Apple users and Google Play for Android users.