January 28, 2012

Donahoe Leads Second Half Surge as Bowdoin Pulls Away From Colby

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's basketball team dominated the second half of a 64-52 win over Colby on Saturday afternoon at Morrell Gymnasium.

Kaitlin Donahoe scored 16 of her game-high 23 points in the second half for Bowdoin, while Alexa Barry pitched in 11 points while Amy Hackett had 10 for the Polar Bears (14-5, 4-2 NESCAC). Jil Vaughn led the Mules with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Aarika Ritchie had 11 points and Diana Manduca had 10 for Colby (13-4, 3-3 NESCAC).

Up 22-21 late in the opening period, Colby closed the half on a 10-0 run, capped by a Manduca three-pointer that gave the visitors at 32-21 lead at halftime.

The Polar Bears clamped down defensively in the second half, holding the Mules to just 22% shooting in the period. Donahoe scored seven points in a 14-2 Bowdoin run that closed the gap to three points, 38-35, with 15 minutes to go. Bowdoin used a 5-0 run to tie the game at 40 and, moments later, Donahoe gave the Polar Bears the lead for good with a three-pointer.

Colby was able to stay within striking distance and a three-pointer from Ritchie closed the Bowdoin lead to 50-48 with 7:20 remaining. Bowdoin answered with a decisive 12-2 run over the next five minutes, ending with an Amy Hackett three-pointer that sealed the win with 1:15 left.

Bowdoin shot 43.2% for the game and held Colby to just 29.6% from the field. The Polar Bears were 8-15 from long range while Colby hit just 5-22 from beyond the arc. The win avenges a Bowdoin loss earlier this season to Colby, 56-41 on December 3 in Waterville.