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BOWDOIN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL 2019-20 SEASON PREVIEW

Coming off consecutive NCAA Championship game appearances, the Bowdoin women's basketball team will look to remain one of the top teams in Division III basketball in 2019-20.

The Polar Bears, who boast a 60-5 record over the last two years, will enter the new season ranked fifth in the D3hoops.com Division III preseason poll, and open their year on Saturday afternoon at Endicott.

2018-19 Recap

Top-ranked throughout much of the season, the Polar Bears racked up the second perfect regular season in school history and posted a program-record 31 wins en route to their second straight NCAA Division III Championship appearance. Bowdoin rolled through NCAA Tournament play en route to the program's third Final Four berth, where they bounced St. Thomas (MN) in the national semifinals. The Polar Bears came up just short against Thomas More in the final, ending as national runners-up for the second year in a row.

2019-20 PREVIEW

Despite losing an impactful four-member senior class, the team has high hopes again this season thanks to a plethora of talent that will look to take on larger roles this season. One of the deepest teams in the nation last year, Bowdoin had 11 players averaging 8 or more minutes per game. Point guard Sam Roy played more minutes than any other Polar Bear last season (29.8 mpg), averaging 9.3 points and 4.2 assists, shooting 40.8% from three-point range while classmate Maddie Hasson (14.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg) emerged as one of the top players in Division III, garnering D3hoops.com Preseason All-American honors.

A trio of guards: Moira Train, Sela Kay and Annie Boasberg played prominent roles for the Polar Bears last winter, each averaging double-digits in minutes played. A number of post players will also look to break into the rotation, including returners Dorian Cohen, Olivia Ware, Annie Maher, Annika Helmke and Tatum Angotti. Bowdoin also boasts a quintet of first-years who look to pay immediate dividends in 2019-20.

ON THE SCHEDULE

Bowdoin will open at Endicott on Saturday in its season opener and will play a trio of non-conference games before returning to Morrell Gymnasium for the home opener on November 26 against the University of New England. The Polar Bears will play home games against Colby (Dec. 7) and Maine-Farmington (Dec. 10) before break. Second semester home games include key NESCAC games against Williams (Jan. 17) and Middlebury (Jan. 18) before a big weekend hosting nationally-ranked Tufts (Jan. 31) and traditional foe Bates (Feb. 1). The Polar Bears will head to Massachusetts for a battle with preseason number one Amherst on Feb. 7.

follow online

Fans can check out broadcasts of home games on the Northeast Sports Network as well as live statistics for every home game at GoUBears.com. You can also follow the team on the free Bowdoin Front Row app, available on the App Store for Apple users and Google Play for Android users as well as the Bowdoin Sports Information email lists available on the Bowdoin Athletics website.

Photos courtesy of Brian Beard/Creative Images Photography