|Bowdoin College||Claremont College|
CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Claremont Mudd Scripps women’s basketball team outscored Bowdoin 14-6 in the overtime session to hand the Polar Bears their first defeat of the season, 70-62, on Thursday evening in California.
The 13th-ranked Polar Bears fall to 8-1 this year while the Athenas improve to 5-5.
Bowdoin led for the entire first half and held a 28-19 lead at halftime thanks to a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Kate Kerrigan.
The Athenas clawed back into the game thanks to strong defense and outscored Bowdoin 18-12 in the third quarter to trim the lead to 40-37 heading into the fourth.
CMS scored the first two baskets of the fourth quarter to take their first lead of the contest, 41-40, and the teams traded buckets for the next six minutes.
Bowdoin appeared to be in good shape as a three-pointer by Lydia Caputi sparked a quick run that gave the Polar Bears a six-point lead, 56-50, with 2:30 to play.
But Bowdoin went scoreless for the remainder of regulation as CMS closed on a 6-0 run to send the game into overtime.
The Athenas dominated the extra session, scoring the first 11 points to put the game on ice.
By The Numbers
Kate Kerrigan led Bowdoin with 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists while Taylor Choate scored 13 off the bench for the Polar Bears.
Kris Brackmann led the CMS comeback with a game-high 26 points and ten rebounds, including 10-10 from the free-throw line.
The Athenas ended with a huge advantage at the stripe, connecting on 23-32 attemps from the free throw line compared to just 12-19 for Bowdoin.
Bowdoin held a 40-36 edge on the glass but committed a season-high 22 turnovers in the loss.
Both teams struggled shooting, including a combined 7-30 from three-point range (4-15 for Bowdoin, 3-15 for CMS).