MEDFORD, Mass. – The Bowdoin College women's basketball team overwhelmed Amherst 74-60 in the NESCAC semifinals Saturday at Tufts University, advancing to the conference title game on Sunday against the Jumbos.
The third-seeded Polar Bears (24-2) handed the second-seeded Mammoths (22-4) their worst loss of the season to earn a rematch of last year's NESCAC title game against Tufts.
- Bowdoin, who went scoreless in the opening quarter at Amherst in the team's regular season meeting, had no such trouble on Saturday as the Polar Bears hit 61% of their shots and scored 25 points, including 13 from Sela Kay.
- The Mammoths were also warm from the field, however, as the Polar Bears clung to a 25-22 edge after the first quarter.
- Bowdoin began to pull away in the second period, scoring the first 10 points of the quarter. Keyed by seven points in the run from first-year Megan Tan, the Polar Bears pushed the lead to double-digits.
- The Polar Bears maintained an 11-point edge into halftime, 44-33.
- The teams traded buckets to open the third quarter with Amherst cutting Bowdoin's lead to nine points, 46-37, midway through the frame.
- Bowdoin took command of the game with a 9-2 surge, keyed by another Sela Kay three-pointer, to increase their lead to 16 points.
- A buzzer-beating layup by Dorian Cohen gave the Polar Bears a 59-45 edge heading to the final quarter.
- The Polar Bears coasted in the fourth quarter as the lead stayed in double-digits throughout. Bowdoin pushed the lead to as many as 18 points in the final frame.
By The Numbers
- Bowdoin's 74-point total was easily the most scored by a team against the vaunted Amherst defense this season. The Mammoths had allowed just one team to reach 60 points against them this year.
- Sela Kay was unstoppable, scoring 17 points in the first half for the Polar Bears and finishing with a game-high 22.
- Maddie Hasson had a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds while Samantha Roy had 16 points, three assists and three steals.
- Madeline Eck had 18 points to lead Amherst.
- Bowdoin finished at 43% shooting for the game while holding Amherst to 40%.
- The Polar Bears dominated the glass, holding a commanding 43-25 edge in rebounding and notching 16 second-chance points.
- Bowdoin will face Tufts for the NESCAC Championship Sunday in a rematch of last year's title game won by Tufts in Brunswick. The Jumbos also won the regular season meeting between the teams this year on January 31, 97-88, in the highest-scoring game in Bowdoin women's basketball history.
- Tip-off is scheduled for noon. Fans can watch the game live on the Northeast Sports Network.