BRUNSWICK, Maine - Rebecca Knight scored a game-high 25 points as the University of Southern Maine women's basketball team pulled away late in a 72-58 win over Bowdoin on Tuesday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.
The Huskies remain unbeaten at 5-0 this year while the Polar Bears fall to 1-3 on the season.
Knight scored 21 of her 25 points in the second half to push the Huskies over the top. She was joined in double figures by Haley Jordan, who scored 14 points, and Nicole Garland, who netted 13 points. Nash Biliew led Southern Maine with eight rebounds.
Kaitlin Donahoe led Bowdoin with 19 points while Megan Phelps scored 11 and had 10 rebounds. Kristen Prue gave the Polar Bears a spark off the bench with a trio of three-pointers and seven assists.
The Huskies owned as high as a ten-point lead in the opening half, but a late Bowdoin run - sparked by a pair of Donahoe three-pointers - trimmed the USM lead to 35-30 at intermission. Bowdoin came out of the break on a 4-0 run, cutting the Husky lead to 35-34 with 18:23 remaining.
Southern Maine replied with an 8-0 run, keyed by a Nicole Grant jumper, to extend its advantage to 43-34 with 15:58 to go. The teams traded blows for the next ten minutes, with the USM lead bouncing between five and eight points, with the Polar Bears coming as close as six points (52-46) on a Donahoe jumper with 7:05 remaining.
The Huskies responded with a decisive 15-4 surge with Knight accounting for 12 of her team's points in the run, giving the visitors a 67-50 lead with 2:36 to play.
The meeting was the first for the teams since they met in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament last spring. Bowdoin took a 75-68 win in that clash and had won two of the three previous meetings between the schools.
The Huskies will return to the court on Saturday when they host Eastern Connecticut in a Little East Conference game at 1:00 p.m. Bowdoin will host Colby in their annual non-conference battle Saturday at 2:00 p.m.