Justine Pouravelis, Bowdoin College

 

One of the most versatile players in Division III basketball over the past four seasons, Justine Pouravelis was three times named as the NESCAC's Defensive Player of the Year and was a two-time All-American selection. Her basketball resume pales in comparison to her academic feats, however, where she was a Sarah and James Bowdoin scholar and Academic All-NESCAC honoree as an Economics major and French minor.

"I couldn't imagine in my wildest dreams that playing basketball at Bowdoin would be like this," according to the Old Orchard Beach, Maine native. "The level of play in the NESCAC and the outpouring of community support has been amazing."

Pouravelis led the Polar Bears to their sixth-straight NESCAC Championship in 2005-06, capping off a stellar career that saw her finish with 904 points and 794 rebounds. An incredible defensive force, Pouravelis finished her career at Bowdoin first in blocks (209), third in steals (247), third in rebounds (794), and seventh in assists (198).

In addition, Pouravelis never lost a home game in her career, as Bowdoin currently holds the longest home-court winning streak in all divisions of NCAA basketball (70 consecutive wins).

"Justine is a fan's delight," according to head coach Stefanie Pemper.
"Defensively, there was no better player in the country at this level and offensively she proved to make game-changing plays. As a captain, Justine was critical to our team's confidence and morale. She is as impressive a student, athlete and human being, as we get at Bowdoin."

For Justine, Bowdoin presented an amazing array of opportunites- things she'll never forget: "The world is open to you here. I have friends from across the country and have had the chance to experience so much more because of the professors and coaches."