BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College women's basketball team will host an NCAA First and Second Round Regional on Friday and Saturday, March 1-2 in Morrell Gymnasium.
The regional will begin on Friday evening with a first-round game between Smith (23-4) and Merchant Marine (22-3) at 5:00 p.m., followed by Bowdoin (26-1) and Hunter (18-9) at 7:00 p.m. Friday's winners will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for seniors (65+) and students. Bowdoin students are free w/ID. Tickets will be sold at the door both days, beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Friday and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.
For complete regional coverage, including links to video broadcasts and live stats, visit the Regional Homepage
Watch a video interview with Bowdoin senior Taylor Choate
Bowdoin College Polar Bears (26-1)
Bowdoin will be making its 19th NCAA Tournament appearance - the most of any NESCAC school... The Polar Bears have advanced to the "Sweet Sixteen" on 12 occasions and twice to the "Final Four", including a runner-up finish in last year's NCAA Championship...Bowdoin owns the nation's third-best scoring offense (84.0) and second-best scoring margin (+29.0) against the nation's third-ranked strength of schedule... the Polar Bears polished off just the second undefeated regular season in program history and spent the majority of the year ranked first in both the D3hoops.com and WBCA Division III polls... NESCAC Coach of the Year Adrienne Shibles became the program's winningest head coach earlier this season and owns a 249-64 record at Bowdoin (.795)...1,000-point scorer Abby Kelly was named NESCAC Player of the Year and senior Taylor Choate was named NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year.. Kelly was joined by Maddie Hasson as a First Team All-NESCAC selection.
Smith College Pioneers (21-6)
Smith College netted its second NCAA Tournament appearance by earning an at-large bid following a season that saw them total 21 wins and finish second in the NEWMAC standings... the Pioneers won a program-record 12 consecutive games before suffering a loss in the NEWMAC semifinals... earlier this season Lynn Hersey became the program's winningest head coach (currently with 189 victories)... Lauren Bondi was named the NEWMAC Player of the Year and captured First Team All-Conference by averaging a league-best 18.7 points...she scored her 1,000th career point earlier this season and is the program's all-time leader in three-pointers (197)... Kennedy Guest-Pritchett was also named First Team All-Conference as the league's top rebounder (11.6)... she is the program's all-time leading scorer (1,516) and is the only player in school history with 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Mariners (22-3)
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is enjoying the best season in its 19-year history, winning a school-record 22 games, capturing the Skyline Conference Championship and earning its first trip to the NCAA Tournament... the Mariners, who instituted the program in 2000-01, had never advanced past their conference semifinal in any previous year... Freshman forward/center Lauren Hunter has 18 double-doubles on the year, was named the Skyline Rookie of the Year and First Team All-Conference... Junior shooting guard Kaleigh D'Arcy was also First Team All-Skyline and Coach Matt Dempsey (11th season) was the Skyline Coach of the Year... D'Arcy is just 17 points away from 1,000 for her career... the Mariners enter the NCAA Tournament with the number-one ranked defense in Division III, allowing just 45.2 points per game and also lead the nation in field goal percentage defense (29.8).
Hunter College Hawks (18-9)
This marks Hunter's fifth NCAA tournament appearance and first since the 2003-04 season... the Hawks will look to capture the program's first-ever NCAA tournament victory... Senior guard Jade Aponte was named the 2019 CUNYAC Player of the Year. During the regular season, she led the conference in scoring (18.4 ppg), while ranking second in the league in shooting from beyond the arc (33.9%) and steals per game (3.5)... Hunter is ranked seventh in the nation in steals, totaling 396 on the year... Junior guard/forward Janine Conway was named to the 2019 CUNYAC All-Star First Team, having averaged 14.2 points in 30 minutes per game in the regular-season... Junior guard Theresa Leung was named to the 2019 CUNYAC All-Star Second Team. She is a three-year starter who had the best assist/turnover ratio (1.8) in the league... the Hawks have many scoring threats, including off the bench, as 10 different players have scored in double-figures at least twice this season.