JUMBOS OPEN STRONG, BUT LOSE AT #6 BOWDOIN 63-46
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Bowdoin 63 Tufts 46
At Brunswick, ME
Friday, February 7, 2003
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The first half belonged to Kristi Royer and the last ten minutes to Lora Trenkle as the Bowdoin women's basketball team took a 63-46 win over Tufts University in NESCAC action on Friday night in Brunswick.
The Polar Bears, ranked sixth in the nation, improve to 18-1 overall and 7-0 in the NESCAC, while Tufts falls to 15-4 and 3-3, respectively. Bowdoin's win, combined with Bates' defeat of Colby, gives the Polar Bears the opportunity to clinch the NESCAC Regular Season Title and top seed for the tournament with a victory tomorrow against Bates.
The Jumbos came out firing in the first half, taking a 14-7 lead in the opening minutes before Kristi Royer came to life, showing off her inside game with 10 points before intermission. The Polar Bears used a 12-4 run to take a 19-14 lead and stretched their advantage to nine points on a three-pointer by Courtney Trotta and a jumper by Royer just before the break, 30-21.
Bowdoin extended the lead after the halftime with a 13-4 run to take a 43-25 lead. But the Jumbos clawed back into the contest with an 8-0 run and closed the lead to nine points with four minutes to play. But Trenkle, who was honored for her 1,000 career point prior to the game, went on a personal 7-0 run on two jumpers and a three-point shot to give Bowdoin an insurmountable 16-point lead with two minutes left.
Royer ended with 17 points and nine boards, while Trenkle hit for 15 and nine rebounds. First-year Justine Pouravelis grabbed 11 rebounds for Bowdoin, who held a 47-37 edge on the glass. Sophomore Allison Love (Duxbury, MA) was outstanding for Tufts, scoring 17 points along with six boards. Freshman Julia Verplank (Zeeland, MI) was the second-leading scorer for Tufts with eight.