|Bates College||Bowdoin College|
BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College women’s basketball team remained unbeaten in a tidy 76-43 win over Bates on Saturday afternoon at Morrell Gymnasium.
The 11th-ranked Polar Bears move to 8-0 for just the second time in the last seven years while the Bobcats drop to 2-5 overall. The teams will play their conference contest in Lewiston on January 7.
Bowdoin never trailed, but Bates hung close in the opening minutes until a late Polar Bear surge took command of the game.
With the Polar Bears leading 14-10 with 2:21 to go in the opening period, Bowdoin rolled off a 10-0 run to end the quarter, capped by a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Abigail Kelly, to make it 24-10
After Bates scored the opening bucket of the second quarter, Bowdoin used a 13-3 run, featuring five different scorers, to increase their lead to 22 points, 37-15.
Bowdoin led 43-21 at intermission and pushed their edge to as many as 35 points in the second half en route to the victory.
Through eight games, Bowdoin’s average margin of victory is 35.9 points.
Bowdoin’s balanced attack was too much for the Bobcats as 14 different players scored for the Polar Bears, including five with seven points or more.
Kate Kerrigan scored 13 points and grabbed four rebounds in just 18 minutes of play while Marle Curle had seven points, five rebounds and five assists in 18 minutes.
Abigail Kelly ended with 12 points off the bench for Bowdoin as the Polar Bear reserves outscored Bates themselves, scoring 45 points.
Madeline Foote had 11 points for Bates while Bernadette Connors scored ten.
Allie Coppola of Bates led all players with 13 rebounds.
Bowdoin shot 48.5% for the game and held Bates to 29.4% while forcing 22 turnovers. Bowdoin also claimed a 45-30 edge in rebounding.