MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The top-ranked Bowdoin College women's basketball team overcame a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to shock Middlebury on Friday evening, 62-58, at Pepin Gymnasium.
The Polar Bears remain unbeaten at 21-0 (7-0 NESCAC) while the Panthers fall to 17-4 (4-3 NESCAC).
- Bowdoin jumped out to a 12-3 lead in the contest's first 4:46, behind four points from Cordelia Stewart. Middlebury responded, scoring 10 of the next 11 points to tie the game at 13-13 after the first ten minutes of play.
- The Polar Bears led by four (22-18) in the second quarter when Stewart converted a layup with 6:22 remaining. That would be Bowdoin's final points of the half as the hosts scored 16-straight points to hold a 33-22 halftime lead.
- Colleen Caveney was hot from behind the arc, knocking down three from long range during the run. The Panthers held a 25-16 rebounding edge the in the first half, converting 4-8 threes, while Bowdoin went 0-7 behind the arc.
- Middlebury maintained its lead in the third quarter, outscoring Bowdoin 17-15 to hold a 50-37 lead after 30 minutes. The Panthers led by as many as 14 on four different occasions.
- Bowdoin began its comeback right out of the gate in the fourth quarter. The Polar Bears scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to eight (50-42), but Maya Davis answered for the Panthers.
- Trailing 54-44, the Polar Bears went on a 10-2 run, cutting the margin to a pair (56-54) with 2:32 remaining. Maddie Hasson scored eight of the visitor's 10 points during the spurt.
- Two free throws from Davis put Middlebury up by four, but Abby Kelly knocked down a three on the other end with 1:06 remaining, making it a 58-57 game.
- Following a Middlebury miss, a three-point play from Hasson gave Bowdoin its first lead since early in the second quarter, 60-58 with 21.7 seconds to play.
- After a timeout, the Panthers were unable to score and Bowdoin's Samantha Roy hit a pair of free throws with 10 seconds remaining to seal the 62-58 win.
By The Numbers
- The Polar Bears overcame their worst shooting game of the season (37.1%) with an incredible fourth quarter effort.
- Bowdoin outscored Middlebury 25-8 in the period, and held the Panthers to 0-7 from the field with three turnovers in the final 3:31 of regulation. Abby Kelly and Maddie Hasson combined to score 21 of Bowdoin's 25 points in the frame.
- Abby Kelly finished with a game-high 18 points, including the incredibly clutch fourth-quarter three-pointer. Maddie Hasson had 15 points and seven rebounds.
- Middlebury was led by 14 points and 11 rebounds from Maya Davis.
- The Polar Bears return to action on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. when they head to play at Williams College.