BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College women's basketball team rebounded from its first loss of the season in a convincing 80-59 Senior Day win over Bates on Saturday afternoon.
The second-ranked Polar Bears improve to 20-1 (7-0 NESCAC), reaching the 20-win plateau for the seventh straight season and 11th time in the last 12 years. Bates falls to 9-10 (1-5 NESCAC) with the setback.
- The teams went back-and-forth in the opening quarter with Bates taking a late lead on a running lay-in by Arian Dalia, 13-12.
- Bowdoin answered with the final four points of the quarter on buckets from Annie Maher and Moira Train to take a 16-13 advantage after ten minutes of play.
- Bates stayed within striking distance in the second quarter despite Bowdoin pushing the lead to as many nine points in the period.
- The Bobcats came within six points on a Mia Roy jumper, 38-32, with under 30 seconds to play but a basket by Maddie Hasson, a steal on the inbounds pass and another layup by the Bowdoin senior in the final ten seconds gave the hosts a ten-point cushion, 42-32, at the break.
- The Bobcats came within three points midway through the third quarter, closing to within 44-41 following a Meghan Graff three-pointer.
- Bowdoin took command of the game from there, responding with an 15-2 run, sparked by a Sela Kay three-pointer to take a 59-43 edge late in the stanza.
- The Polar Bears led by 16 at the end of the third and pushed the lead to as many as 24 points in the fourth quarter on their way to the win.
By The Numbers
- On Senior Day, point guard Samantha Roy posted a career-high 21 points with seven assists in the victory while classmate Maddie Hasson posted a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds.
- Sela Kay scored 11 of her 13 points in the second half for Bowdoin and Ali Meade posted ten points off the bench for the Polar Bears.
- Bates was led by 21 points from Meghan Graff in the loss.
- The Polar Bears held a 45-27 edge in rebounding in the contest, and held Bates to 36% shooting for the game while knocking down 50% from the floor.
- The Polar Bears will return to action next Friday as they head to Amherst for another top-ten battle at 7:00 p.m.
- Bates will host New England College on Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m.