BANGOR – Lifelong Black Bear basketball fans remember Maine women’s basketball’s thrilling victory over Vermont in the 1998 America East title game. What they’ll also remember from that night is that it of course took place at Alfond Arena, for one Maine fan that night is just one small memory in her Maine hoops Rolodex.
“There are so many good ones, I don’t know if I have any actual favorite,” fan Elizabeth Bowden said.
Bowdon has been going to Maine women’s basketball games for as long as she could remember.
“To me I just like to go, I like basketball and I just love to be there,” she added.
She celebrated her 99th birthday in grand fashion watching one of her favorite players, now coach, lead Maine to its first NCAA Tournament berth in 14 years.
“No I think she’s really a special person. She come off very personable and that makes a big difference it gives you a reason to care a little bit more,” Bowden’s great niece Pam Frace said.
You can’t talk about the history of Maine women’s basketball without mentioning Amy Vachon. A standout at Cony, Vachon went on to lead Maine to four straight NCAA Tournaments. Gaining fans along the way.
“Yea its really special and I think that’s one of the neat things about being from Maine and playing for Maine and staying in your home state is that you get people who follow you and this person 99 year old to still be coming to our games, it’s awesome,” Vachon said.
Both Bowden and Maine hit milestones on Friday, as the former joked, the one on the court was more important.
“The birthday is just the second part,” Frace said with a smile on her face.
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