The 28-2 Bowdoin College women’s basketball team will be making its second appearance in the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four and will take on 31-0 Wartburg College of Iowa at 8:30 Friday night at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota.
Thomas More College (Kentucky), 30-1, and Amherst College (31-0) of Massachusetts will meet in the 6 p.m. opener on Friday.
The championship game will be Saturday night at 8:30.
Bowdoin has been led by by senior guard Kate Kerrigan, who is averaging 10.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.6 steals per game and is the New England Women’s Basketball Association and D3ghoops.com Northeast Region Player of the Year. She is the only women’s basketball player in school history to tally more than 900 points, 600 rebounds, 300 assists and 200 steals in a career.
Junior guard Abby Kelly is averaging 11.6 points and 4.3 rebounds.
Bowdoin coach Adrienne Shibles, a Knox native and former Mount View High of Thorndike standout, is the D3hoops.com Northeast Region Coach of the Year.
Husson, USM guards receive more accolades
Kenzie Worcester of Husson University in Bangor has been named to the New England Women’s Basketball Association All-Region third team.
The junior guard from Washburn becomes only the third player in program history to be so recognized.
Worcester lead the Eagles in every category accept for rebounds and blocks. As a junior, she has surpassed the 1,000-career point mark.
The Washburn native averaged 18.6 points per game and shot 47.9 percent from the field and 39.7 percent from 3-point range. The All-NAC first-team pick also averaged 5.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game for the Eagles.
USM’s Curley recognized
University of Southern Maine freshman guard Kristen Curley of Gorham has been named the 2018 D3hoops.com Northeast Region Co-Rookie of the Year.
The 5-9 guard, who was selected to the All-Region fourth team, was also named the rookie of the year by the New England Women’s Basketball Association, the Little East Conference and the Maine Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
Curley was named to the All-LEC first team, the LEC All-Defensive team, the LEC All-Rookie, the MWBCA second team and all-rookie team and the NEWBA All-Rookie team.
Curley averaged a team-best 16.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.1 steals, 1.3 assists and 1.1 blocked shots per game, while shooting 50.5 percent (168-for-333) from the field and 39.7 percent (48-for-121) from 3-point range.
Colby hires Smith
Leslie Smith, an assistant coach on Middlebury College’s 2017 national championship squad, is the new assistant coach for the Colby College field hockey team.
Smith, who played field hockey and graduated from the University of Michigan, will work under Colby head coach Kelly Terwilliger.
Smith, a native of Hershey, Pa., helped the Panthers win the New England Small College Athletic Conference title in 2017. The Middlebury coaching staff was named Division III National and Regional Coaching Staff of the Year.
A 2015 graduate of Michigan, Smith was a member of two Big Ten championship teams in 2010 and 2011. She earned Big Ten First Team honors in 2013 while leading the Wolverines with a career-best 14 goals. Smith was on the Big Ten Second Team and led Michigan in assists in 2012.