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Re: Bowdoin basketball - women:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:45 pm

Bowdoin 60, Amherst 51

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Shannon Brady scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Bowdoin College women's basketball team to a 60-51 victory over Amherst on Saturday at Morrell Gymnasium.

The 24th-ranked Polar Bears defeat the sixth-ranked Jeffs for the first time since 2009 and improve to 18-2 (6-0 NESCAC) on the season, extending their winning streak to 15. Amherst falls for just the second time this year, dropping to 17-2 (14-2 NESCAC). Bowdoin leads the all-time series 18-12.

Brady finished with 10 rebounds to go with her 21 points on 10-17 shooting from the field while also blocking a pair of shots. She was the lone Polar Bear in double digits as Megan Phelps scored nine points with 11 rebounds and three steals. Sara Binkhorst also pitched in nine points for Bowdoin.

Ali Doswell was the lone Jeff in double figures with 13 points. Hannah Peterson had nine points - all coming on three-pointers for Amherst.

Amherst scored the first four points of Saturday's contest, but the Polar Bears roared back with a 10-0 run, capped by a Binkhorst lay-up and foul shot to give Bowdoin a lead they would not relinquish. The Polar Bears continued to connect with their shots while the Jeffs struggled from the field as another surge, this time a 8-0 run, pushed Bowdoin's lead to double digits following a Lauren Petit three-pointer with 9:20 to go in the opening half. Bowdoin would extend their lead to as many as 16 points in the first stanza before settling for an 11-point edge at halftime, 33-22.

Bowdoin parried every Amherst charge in the second half as the visitors could not get any closer than eight points for the remainder of the game. A pair of Jackie Nagle free throws ended an 8-2 spurt for the Jeffs that cut the Bowdoin lead to 45-37 with 8:59 remaining. But Bowdoin answered with a 6-0 spurt and the lead would sit in double figures until the final minute when Hannah Hackley's three-pointer trimmed the final margin to nine.

The Polar Bears connected on 42.9% from the field and needed just two three-pointers in the game. Bowdoin held the Jeffs to just 31% shooting from the field as Amherst went 5-24 from long range. Both teams connected on 10 free throws and Bowdoin held a 44-33 edge on the glass.

Bowdoin will host Trinity on Sunday in a rescheduled contest from Friday evening at 1:00 p.m. The Jeffs will travel to play at Colby on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

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Re: Bowdoin basketball - women:

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Feb 03, 2015 6:16 am

Bowdoin 63, Trinity 47

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's basketball team polished off a perfect home campaign with a 63-47 victory over Trinity on Sunday at Morrell Gymnasium.

The Polar Bears finish their regular season home slate (11-0) with their 16th consecutive victory overall and improve to 19-2 (7-0 NESCAC). Bowdoin's 16-game win streak matches the program's longest since the 2006-07 season. Trinity falls to 6-13 (1-6 NESCAC) on the year.

For the second straight day, Brady paced the Polar Bears in scoring, racking up 18 points to go with six rebounds and two blocks. A trio of Bowdoin players scored eight points, including Megan Phelps, who added six boards, Marle Curle, who had nine rebounds, and Sara Binkhorst, who pitched in four assists.

Trinity was led by 18 points from Taylor Higgins and also got double figures from Mackenzie Griffin, who finished with 12 points and nine rebounds.

The Polar Bears came out sluggish in the opening half and Trinity took advantage, using a 13-4 run midway through the period to open up a seven-point lead, 28-21, matching Bowdoin's largest home deficit of the season. Bowdoin used a late surge, however, sparked by an Ally Silfen three-pointer, to roll off a 9-0 run before halftime. Bowdoin took its first lead since early in the period right before the break when Marle Curle put home a fast-break layup off a behind-the-back pass from Sara Binkhorst to give the hosts a 32-30 edge at intermission.

Bowdoin's defense took control in the second half as the Polar Bears slowly began to pull away. Trinity went over 11 minutes without a field goal and Bowdoin pushed the lead to double figures with 12-2 run to open the period. Brady scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half to key the Polar Bear offense. Trinity was able to stay within shouting distance and trimmed the lead to five points following a quick 6-0 spurt, cutting the gap to 50-45 with 4:10 to play. But Bowdoin immediately answered with a Binkhorst three-pointer and the Polar Bears coasted from there, closing the game on a 13-2 run.

The Polar Bears held a 51-36 edge on the glass for the contest and finished at 37.5% shooting for the game. The Bantams connected on 31.1% of their shots, including just 23% in the second half.

Bowdoin will return to action next Sunday at Middlebury (3:00 p.m.) while the Bantams will host Rivier on Tuesday evening (7:00 p.m.) in their next game.

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Re: Bowdoin basketball - women:

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Feb 03, 2015 6:22 am

Shannon Brady Named NESCAC, NEWBA, MWBCA Player of the Week

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College junior Shannon Brady (Scituate, Mass.) has been named the Player of the Week by the New England Small College Athletic Conference, New England Women's Basketball Association and Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association on Monday.

Brady had a fantastic weekend for the 24th-ranked Polar Bears (19-2), who knocked off sixth-ranked Amherst and concluded a perfect regular season home slate with a win over Trinity.

On Saturday against the Jeffs, she scored a game-high 21 points, connecting on 10 of 17 shots, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked a pair of shots in a nine-point win. Versus the Bantams on Sunday, she scored 14 of her game-high 18 points in the second half and added six boards with a pair of blocks. For the week, she averaged 19.5 points and 8.0 rebounds, and connected on 51.4 percent of her shots.

Winners of 16 straight games for the first time since 2006-07, the Polar Bears will return to action next Sunday at Middlebury for a 3:00 p.m. tip-off.
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Re: Bowdoin basketball - women:

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Feb 10, 2015 7:53 am

Bowdoin 53, Middlebury 43

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - The Bowdoin College women's basketball team pulled away in the second half of a 53-43 victory at Middlebury on Sunday afternoon.

The victory improves the 20th-ranked Polar Bears to 20-2 this season (8-0 NESCAC), giving Bowdoin their 13th 20-win campaign in the last 15 years. It also extends their winning streak to 17 games, the longest for the program since the heralded 2003-04 squad that reached the NCAA Championship game. Middlebury, led by first-year coach - and former Bowdoin assistant coach KJ Krasco - drops to 11-11 (3-5 NESCAC) on the season.

Shannon Brady scored 12 of her game-high 14 points in the second half and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Polar Bears. Kate Kerrigan was all over the floor, scoring 11 points, swiping a career-high nine steals, corralling six rebounds and dishing out four assists for Bowdoin. Ally Silfen provided a spark off the bench, scoring 10 points for the Polar Bears. Middlebury was led by 13 points from Elizabeth Knox.

Tied at 24-24 at halftime, Bowdoin increased their defensive pressure and held Middlebury to just 35% shooting while forcing 14 turnovers in the second period. Meanwhile, sparked by Brady, the Polar Bear offense burst out of the gate in the second half on a 10-2 run to take a lead they would never relinquish. Middlebury would come as close as six points on two occasions, but Bowdoin answered each call and led by as many as 18 points in the second half before a late Middlebury run cut the final margin to ten.

Bowdoin converted 27 points on Middlebury's 27 turnovers and held a 34-30 edge on the glass while scoring 28 points in the paint. Led by Silfen, the Polar Bear bench outscored Middlebury's 19-10.

The Polar Bears currently sit in a tie for first place in the league and are assured of either the #1 or #2 seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament regardless of their results next weekend. Bowdoin will travel to play at Bates on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. and will play Tufts, who presently sits in a first place tie with Bowdoin, in the regular season finale on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. with the top seed in the conference on the line.

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Re: Bowdoin basketball - women:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Feb 14, 2015 7:34 am

Bowdoin 74, Bates 67

LEWISTON, Maine - Sara Binkhorst set a new school record with seven three-pointers as the Bowdoin College women's basketball team survived a late scare from Bates 74-67 on Friday evening at Alumni Gymnasium.

The 18th-ranked Polar Bears improve to 21-2 (9-0 NESCAC) with their 18th consecutive win. Bowdoin will travel to Tufts on Saturday in Medford at 3:00 p.m. with the top seed in the NESCAC Tournament on the line. Bates remains winless in conference play as they fall to 9-14 (0-9 NESCAC).

Binkhorst broke the school record of six three-pointers held by seven former Polar Bears. She led the way for Bowdoin with 29 points while Shannon Brady contributed 15 points and eight rebounds for Bowdoin. Kate Kerrigan added 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Bates' Nina Davenport had a game-high 34 points in the loss.

Bowdoin scored the first 12 points of the contest, powered by threes from Binkhorst and Kerrigan. Bates netted its first points with a pair of free throws by Bernadette Connors at the 14:25 mark, and Davenport made it 12-4 with a defensive rebound and a coast-to-coast layup. Davenport knocked down a jumper and followed with her first three to close the gap to 14-9 and prompt a Bowdoin timeout at 10:38. A three by Bates' Kristin Calvo and a Davenport jumper closed the gap to 22-18, but Lydia Caputi responded with a three, and Binkhorst scored a three-point play with 3:28 to go to expand the edge into double digits (28-18). The Polar Bears carried a ten-point lead, 35-25, into halftime.

Binkhorst continued to thwart Bates' defense, drilling threes at 13:43 and 12:26 of the second half to open up a 48-34 advantage. Bates began chipping away with a pair of Davenport free throws, and unanswered hoops by Emily Freedland, Coppola, Jackie Welch and Connors closed the gap to 48-44. Binkhorst answered with a three, followed by a three-point play by Siena Mitman for a 54-46 lead, prompting a Bates timeout with 8:00 to go.

Nason drained her first three out of the timeout with 7:48 to go in the game, closing the gap to 54-49, but Binkhorst responded with another three of her own. After a layup by Bowdoin's Marle Curle at 6:51, Coppola converted a three-point play to start a run of nine unanswered points by the Bobcats, combined with threes by Nason and Davenport, the latter of which put Bates on top for the first and only time in the game at 60-59.

Binkhorst again had the answer for Bowdoin, calmly sinking a 15-foot jumper to regain the lead, and Kerrigan followed with a pair of free throws, then a steal and a layup for a 65-60 lead. Bowdoin made 6-of-8 free throws down the stretch to preserve the win.

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Re: Bowdoin basketball - women:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Feb 15, 2015 1:33 pm

Tufts 66, Bowdoin 55

MEDFORD, Mass. - The Tufts University women's basketball team claimed the top seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament with a 66-55 win over Bowdoin in both team's regular season finale on Saturday afternoon.

The fifth-ranked Jumbos improve to 23-1 (10-0 NESCAC) and earn the right to host throughout the conference tourney. 18th-ranked Bowdoin sees its 18-game winning streak come to a close as it falls to 21-3 (9-1 NESCAC) and settles for the #2 seed in the league.

Regardless of the result of Sunday's final regular season game between Middlebury and Amherst, Bowdoin will host the seventh-seeded Panthers in a NESCAC Quarterfinal game next Saturday, February 21, at Morrell Gymnasium. Game times will be announced on Sunday.

In the loss, Bowdoin senior Sara Binkhorst led all players with 23 points to become the 14th player in program history to surpass 1,000 points. For the second straight day she was outstanding from three-point range, knocking down all five attempts from beyond the arc. Shannon Brady added 12 points and five rebounds for the Polar Bears. Hayley Kanner led four Jumbos in double digits with 17 points.

The first half featured back-and-forth play but Tufts used a quick 5-0 spurt before the break to take a 10-point lead, 34-24, into halftime. The Jumbos took command early in the second half, using a 13-2 run out of the gate to extend their lead to 47-26 with 16 minutes remaining. The Polar Bears battled back, but could not cut the lead back into single digits for the remainder of the contest.

Tufts finished at 48% shooting for the day compared to 40% for the Polar Bears. Bowdoin owned a 31-27 edge on the glass. The second place finish in the league is the highest for the Polar Bears since finishing first in the regular season standings in 2008-09.

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Re: Bowdoin basketball - women:

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Feb 16, 2015 8:41 am

Bowdoin Basketball Teams Learn NESCAC Quarterfinal Matchups

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College basketball teams have learned game times for the upcoming NESCAC Quarterfinal games next Saturday, February 21 at Morrell Gymnasium.

Both teams will enter their respective tournaments as the second seed. Next Saturday's doubleheader will open with the Bowdoin men (17-6) hosting seventh-seeded Williams (14-9) at 2:00 p.m. The Polar Bear women (21-3) will play host to seventh-seeded Middlebury (11-13) at 4:00 p.m. Both games will be carried live on the Northeast Sports Network.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:37 pm

NESCAC WBB Quarterfinal: Bowdoin 80, Middlebury 52

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Shannon Brady scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Bowdoin College women's basketball team over Middlebury College 80-52 in the quarterfinals of the New England Small College Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday at Morrell Gymnasium.

The Polar Bears (22-3) improve to 24-0 all-time in NESCAC Tournament games at Morrell Gym and will make their 15th consecutive trip to the conference semifinals. Bowdoin is the only program in league history to reach the semifinals every season the championship has been held. Bowdoin will face Amherst at Tufts next Saturday with complete tournament details to be announced early next week. The Panthers finish their season with a record of 11-14.

Brady connected on 10-16 shots from the field to score her 25 points while also collecting eight rebounds. Ally Silfen scored a career-high 17 points off the bench for the Polar Bears while Sara Binkhorst scored 12 points and five assists for Bowdoin. Kate Kerrigan put home eight points, five assists and had 11 rebounds in the win.

Middlebury was paced by 14 points and 10 caroms from Elizabeth Knox. Sarah Kaufman pitched in 11 points while Sabrina Weeks added nine points for the Panthers.

The game was close in the early going with Bowdoin holding the lead but unable to pull away. Middlebury's Sarah Kaufman buried a three-pointer from the wing with 7:22 remaining in the opening half to trim the Bowdoin lead to 26-22. Lauren Petit immediately answered with a three-pointer for the Polar Bears, sparking a big seven-minute surge for Bowdoin that pushed their halftime lead to 44-27 following a 30-foot buzzer-beating heave by Sydney Hancock.

The Polar Bears pulled away in the second half, pushing their lead to as many as 30 points en route to the victory.

Bowdoin held a 50-29 edge on the glass, including 27 offensive rebounds. The Polar Bears converted for 21 second-chance points and committed just six turnovers in the game. Bowdoin hit on 43% of their shots and held Middlebury to 37% for the contest.

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Re: Bowdoin basketball - women:

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:25 am

NESCAC Women's Basketball Preview

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's basketball team will make its 15th consecutive NESCAC Semifinal appearance as they battle Amherst on Saturday at Tufts University.

Video Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS6jD8j1N84

Second-seeded Bowdoin and third-seeded Amherst will be the second game of a semifinal doubleheader at 4:00 p.m., following fourth-seeded Williams at top-seeded Tufts at 2:00 p.m. Advancing teams will square off for the conference championship on Sunday at noon with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line.

Tickets for each day will be $6 for adults and $4 for students. Streaming video will be available for all three games through the Northeast Sports Network (NSN) at nsnsports.net/NESCAC. Live statistics will also be available.

Bowdoin and Amherst are familiar foes as they will clash in the semifinal round for the third consecutive year. The Polar Bears cruised into the semifinals by virtue of an 80-52 quarterfinal win over seventh-seeded Middlebury. Junior Shannon Brady (Scituate, Mass.) led the charge, connecting on 10-of-16 shots from the field to score 25 points while also collecting eight rebounds. Bowdoin enjoyed an 18-game winning streak until it suffered a 66-55 loss to Tufts in the regular season finale. Senior Sara Binkhorst (West Hartford, Conn.) and Brady account for more than 42 percent of Bowdoin’s scoring, as Binkhorst ranks fourth among conference players in scoring (15.0) and Brady ranks seventh (14.2.). The Polar Bears have more NESCAC titles to their credit than any other team. In the 15-year history of the tournament, they have reached the final nine times. Bowdoin claimed the first seven NESCAC championships from 2001-07 and added another title in 2009 with a win over the Jeffs.

Amherst punched its ticket into the semifinals with a 62-40 triumph over sixth-seeded Colby. Three Jeff starters reached double-digits, as senior Megan Robertson (Tewksbury, Mass.) fell one rebound short of a double-double after recording 16 points and nine boards to go along with five blocks. First-year Hannah Hackley (Westford, Mass.) turned in a season-high 14 points in addition to 11 points from sophomore Ali Doswell (Richmond, Va.). The potent Jeff offense that puts up 69.6 points on average has seven players chipping in six points or more with Doswell posting a team-best 12.2 points per contest. Amherst also limits its opposition to 49.0 points on a conference-low 31.4 field-goal shooting percentage. The Jeffs have won four consecutive and five of the last seven conference titles.

In seven prior tournament meetings between the programs, Amherst owns a slight 4-3 edge following semifinal wins each of the last two seasons. Three of those matchups came in the conference finals. Bowdoin won this year’s regular season contest, 60-51, on January 31.
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Re: Bowdoin basketball - women:

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:58 pm

NESCAC Women's Basketball Semifinals: Bowdoin 74, Amherst 66

MEDFORD, Mass. - The Bowdoin College women's basketball team will play in its 10th NESCAC final tomorrow after defeating Amherst College, 74-66, in the conference tournament semifinals played at Tufts Saturday.

The second-seeded Polar Bears built a 21-point (43-22) halftime lead over the third-seed Lord Jeffs and then led by double digits until the final minute. Junior Shannon Brady paced Bowdoin (23-3) with a game-high 22 points, while sophomore Meredith Doswell had 14 for Amherst (22-3).

The Polar Bears will face host and #1 seed Tufts in the NESCAC final Sunday at noon. The Jumbos eliminated #4 seed Williams, 54-40, in Saturday's other semifinal. Bowdoin will playing for its ninth conference title, while Tufts is looking for two in a row.

Today, Bowdoin burst out of an early tie to score 11 unanswered points and take an 18-7 advantage. A pair of field goals from Brady, a three from senior Sara Binkhorst and a three-point play by first-year Kate Kerrigan led that charge.

For Amherst, sophomore Hannah Peterson responded with a shot from downtown and junior Marley Giddins added a lay-up to bring the Lord Jeffs within six (18-12). However, the Polar Bears pulled away over the remaining nine-plus minutes. A 16-4 stretch gave Bowdoin a 34-16 lead at the four-minute mark.

Binkhorst finished the first half as the point leader for the Polar Bears with 11, while Brady added 10. Bowdoin was an impressive 17 for 31 from the field (54.8 percent), including four for five on threes. They out-rebounded Amehrst 20-12 in the first 20 minutes.

For the Lord Jeffs, Meredith Doswell led with eight points at the half and rookie Hannah Hackley added seven.

The Polar Bears were able to maintain a healthy lead for the first five minutes of the second half, including 51-32 on a lay-up by sophomore Marle Curle. However, Amherst chipped away and had the margin down to 11 (52-41) when a pair of free throws by sophomore Ali Doswell capped a 9-2 run.

Bowdoin held the fort, pushing the lead back to 19 on a few occasions. Two free throws by Kerrigan had them up 68-49 with six minutes remaining in regulation. Amherst would out-score the Polar Bears 11-3 over the final 2:45 to cut the margin to eight, but it was too little, too late.

Brady (10 for 16 FGs) added seven rebounds and three assists to her game for Bowdoin, while Curle double-doubled with 19 and 11 to go with three assists. Binkforst finished with 12 points, six rebounds and five assists. Kerrigan pitched in four steals.

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