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Women's tipoff tournament named in honor of Marsha Graef

A poster with images of Marsha Graef stood outside Alumni Gymnasium on Oct. 8, as alumni, parents, and friends of Bates Volleyball and Women's Basketball dedicated the women's locker room in Alumni Gymnasium to the late professor emerita of physical education and longtime head coach of both programs, who generously funded the renovation of the facility. The Bates and Bowdoin women's basketball tipoff tournament was named after Graef, announced on Nov. 1, 2016. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

The Bates and Bowdoin women's basketball teams have announced that their season-opening tipoff tournament will be named in honor of former Bates coach and administrator Marsha Graef.

Graef, a Professor Emerita of Physical Education, coach and administrator in the Bates College Department of Athletics for nearly 30 years, died on Nov. 16, 2015, at age 61, after a nearly three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. The naming of the tournament as the Graef Memorial Classic is a tribute to her coaching tree. As the head women's basketball coach at Bates from 1985-92, Graef tutored current Bowdoin coach Adrienne Shibles (Bates '91) in her collegiate career. Shibles, in turn, hired current Bates head coach Alison (Smith) Montgomery (Bowdoin '05) as an assistant coach at Bowdoin in 2008. 

The tournament will be held over two days, November 18-19 with a pair of games at Bowdoin on Friday and two more games at Bates on Saturday. The complete schedule is available below.

Friday, Nov. 18 - Morrell Gymnasium (Bowdoin)
5:00 p.m. - Bates vs. Norwich
7:00 p.m. - Bowdoin vs. Central Maine Comm. College*

Saturday, Nov. 19 - Alumni Gymnasium (Bates)
2:00 p.m. - Bowdoin vs. Norwich
4:00 p.m. - Bates vs. Central Maine Comm. College*

* - games against CMCC will be considered exhibitions due to their non-NCAA status