BIDDEFORD, Maine – The Bowdoin College women’s basketball team cruised to their second win of the 2016-17 season on Tuesday night, posting a dominant 87-63 win over the University of New England in a battle of nationally-ranked teams.
The Polar Bears (2-0) are ranked 15th in the latest WBCA Division III poll while UNE (3-1) is ranked 18th. The loss was the first regular season home setback for the Nor’easters since November of 2014.
Bowdoin’s defense dominated in the early going as the Polar Bears held UNE to just one field goal in the first 8:59 of the game, building a 13-3 lead advantage thanks to four early points from Kate Kerrigan.
The Polar Bears took a 16-9 lead into the second quarter and grabbed complete command, sprinting out on a 16-2 run to push the lead to a 32-11 lead just four minutes into the quarter.
Lydia Caputi sparked the effort with five points in the quarter as Bowdoin took a 42-22 lead into the break.
UNE tried to claw back into the contest in the third quarter, outscoring Bowdoin 22-16 but could get no closer than nine points.
Bowdoin stymied all thoughts of a comeback, responding with a 8-0 run to close the third quarter and start the fourth, sparked by a pair of Rachel Norton three-pointers.
The Polar Bears extended their lead to as many as 26 points in the final quarter before settling for the 24-point victory.
The margin of defeat was the largest for UNE since a 71-34 setback to Amherst in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
For the second-straight game Bowdoin showed their depth, as 13 different Polar Bears got on the scoreboard, including seven with at least seven points.
Marle Curle led Bowdoin with 14 points, six rebounds and three assists in the win while Kerrigan added ten points, six assists, four steals and four boards.
Emily Campbell and Rachel Norton sparked a 41-point bench effort for Bowdoin with 11 points each, including a trio of three-pointers for Norton.
Bowdoin owned a 40-30 edge on the glass and scored 24 points off 22 UNE turnovers while hitting 20-24 (83.3%) from the free-throw stripe.
UNE was led by 18 points off the bench by Sadie Nelson.