Bowdoin Women's Basketball NCAA Semifinal Preview (VIDEO)

Photos courtesy of www.CIPhotography.com
Photos courtesy of www.CIPhotography.com

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College women's basketball team will return to the NCAA Division III Final Four this weekend when they play St. Thomas (MN) in the semifinals on Friday at 5:00 p.m. on the campus of Roanoke College in Salem, Va.

The Polar Bears (30-1) and Tommies (30-1) will play in the first semifinal game, followed by Thomas More (31-0) and Scranton (29-2) in the second semifinal at 7:30 p.m. The national championship game is scheduled for Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

For complete information on the Final Four, visit the Bowdoin Final Four home page for complete details on ticket information, live coverage and links to media coverage of the team.

Bowdoin Final Four NotesSeason StatisticsPostseason Media Guide [.pdf]
Click here for a video preview with juniors Samantha Roy and Olivia Ware 

  • Bowdoin qualified for its third Final Four berth in this, its 19th NCAA Tournament appearance overall – Bowdoin's 19 NCAA Tournament showings are the most of any NESCAC school
  • The team advanced to its second-straight trip to the "Final Four", and third overall (2004, 2018) after a pair of big sectional wins last weekend over New Paltz State (81-50) and Ithaca (87-61). The Polar Bears took a runner-up finish in last year's NCAA Championship and are looking for their first national title in women's basketball, having won Division III championships in field hockey (2007, '08, '10, '13) and men's tennis (2016).
  • Bowdoin owns the nation's third-best scoring offense (84.4) and second-best scoring margin (+28.8) 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 253-64 record at Bowdoin (.798)
  • 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
  • Choate set a new program record for single-game points (38) and three-pointers (7) in the NCAA Second Round win over Smith.
  • Bowdoin is 10-1 against NCAA Tournament teams this season.

Scouting the St. Thomas Tommies

  • The Tommies' lone 2018-19 loss was a 60-40 road decision at Wartburg Dec. 30. They have won 18 in a row since and are ranked third in the WBCA Division III poll.
  • The Tommies rank first in Division III in three-point proficiency at 40.4 percent (eight makes per game) and second in field-goal shooting at 50.6 percent. Senior Hannah Spaulding leads Division III in field-goal percentage at 69.4.
  • The Purple have outscored opponents by 345 points behind the arc. They've held 23 of 28 foes this season under 56 points, and rank 10th nationally in scoring defense at 49.5.
  • St. Thomas is 7-1 this season against ranked teams and have the nation's 57th-ranked schedule.
  • The Tommie senior class is 112-9 in its four seasons so far (2017 Final Four). That includes three consecutive 20-0 seasons against conference opponents.
  • Seniors Hannah Spaulding and Lucia Renikoff surpassed 1,000 career points earlier this season.
  • Coach Ruth Sinn is 327-80 (.802) in 14 seasons, with 10 consecutive 20-win seasons.

Social Media

  • Follow @GoUBears and @BowdoinWBB on Twitter to follow all the action live from Salem, Va. beginning on Wednesday