BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College women's basketball team jumped out to an early lead and never trailed en route to a 53-38 win over Colby on Saturday afternoon at Morrell Gymnasium.
The Polar Bears improve to 2-3 while the Mules fall to 2-3 on the year. Saturday's contest was the non-conference meeting between the NESCAC rivals. The teams will play their conference game in Waterville on January 26.
Sophomore Megan Phelps led a balanced Bowdoin attack with 16 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and four assists. Kaitlin Donahoe pitched in nine points, five assists and three steals while Anna Prohl had a team-high 11 rebounds to go with five points. Colby was led by a game-high 18 points from Diana Manduca, who also grabed six rebounds. Jen Nale had seven points for the Mules, who had no other player score more than three in the game.
Bowdoin enjoyed a sparkling first half, connecting on 48% of their shots, including 6-10 from three-point range. The Mules only committed four first-half turnovers, but were ice cold from the field, hitting just 6 of their 29 attempts.
The Polar Bears jumped to a 13-3 lead after five minutes, sparked by three-pointers from Kirsten Prue and Megan Phelps. Colby was able to trim the lead to five points on a jumper by Jen Nale with 7:41 remaining in the period, but Bowdoin closed the half on a 13-0 run, highlighted by trifectas from Kaitlin Donahoe, Phelps and Sara Binkhorst to carry a commanding 35-17 lead into halftime.
Colby was able to get as close at 10 points in the second half, following a Gabe Donahue three-pointer with 11:15 to go. But the Polar Bears answered with a 9-2 surge, keyed by a Phelps three-pointer, that pushed the lead back to 17 points with four minutes to go.
Bowdoin held Colby to 24% shooting for the game and held a 45-33 edge on the glass.
The Polar Bears will return to action at Maine-Farmington on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. The Mules will host Roger Williams tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.