Dominant Second Half Propels Women's Basketball to NESCAC Semifinals

Dominant Second Half Propels Women's Basketball to NESCAC Semifinals

BRUNSWICK, Maine -The Bowdoin College women's basketball team used a big fourth quarter to dispatch Hamilton, 77-63, in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Tournament on Saturday at Morrell Gymnasium.

The third-seeded Polar Bears improve to 23-2 on the season and advance to the NESCAC semifinals next Saturday against Amherst to be played at Tufts University. Game times and ticket information will be announced next week. Hamilton ends its season with a record of 15-10.

Game Highlights

  • The teams traded blows in a back-and-forth first half that saw the Continentals shoot 61% from the field, including 4-6 from three-point range.
  • Bowdoin overcame cold early shooting thanks to an 18-11 edge on the boards, including 14 offensive rebounds as the game entered the half deadlocked at 35 apiece.
  • The teams traded the lead four times in the opening five minutes of the second half before a Liz Arnold three-pointer sparked a brief 5-1 surge for the Continentals, giving them their largest lead of the game, 49-44, with 5:23 left in the third.
  • After a Bowdoin timeout, the Polar Bears rolled off 12 straight points, including a pair of big buckets by Annie Maher, and carried a 56-51 lead into the fourth period.
  • A three-pointer from Carly O'Hern immediately trimmed the Polar Bear lead to 56-54 just moments into the final quarter, but Maddie Hasson answered for Bowdoin with a hoop-and-harm to spark the game's decisive run.
  • A running lay-in by Moira Train followed by a three-pointer by Ali Meade pushed the Bowdoin advantage to double digits as the Polar Bears scored 16 straight points to put the contest out of reach.
  • The Polar Bears pushed their lead to as many as 19 points in the fourth quarter on their way to the victory.

By The Numbers

  • Hamilton shot 49% for the game, but we dominated on the boards by Bowdoin, who held a 47-30 advantage and cashed in 22 second chance points.
  • The Polar Bears also forced 20 Hamilton turnovers and converted them into 27 points in the victory.
  • Despite shooting just 36% from the field, Bowdoin's aggressiveness paid off from the free throw line as the Polar Bears hit 21-25 from the stripe to seal the victory.
  • Maddie Hasson was outstanding, finishing with 23 points, 16 rebounds and five assists for Bowdoin. Sela Kay had 15 points while Ali Meade had ten.
  • Annie Maher scored ten big points off the bench for Bowdoin while Dorian Cohen added ten rebounds.
  • Hamilton was led by 18 points from Kelcie Zarle while Liz Arnold scored 15 with 11 caroms.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin, the only team to advance to the NESCAC semifinals in each year of the conference tournament, will play Amherst next Saturday at Tufts.