LEWISTON, Maine - Despite a career-high 19 points from Kirsten Prue, the Bowdoin College women's basketball team dropped a 63-57 decision at Bates on Thursday evening.
The Polar Bears fall to 3-4 this year with the setback while the Bobcats move to 4-5 overall. Thursday's game was the non-conference meeting between the schools. The teams will play the NESCAC game on January 12 in Brunswick.
Prue nailed five three-pointers to reach her career-best output for the Polar Bears, scoring 19 points to go with four assists. Megan Phelps had 14 points and six boards while Kaitlin Donahoe added 11 points, six rebounds and four assists. Alli Beaulieu scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed ten rebounds for Bates while Taryn O'Connell had 11 points.
Both teams hovered around 35% shooting for the game, but Bates held a decisive 48-29 edge in rebounding and connected on 16-18 from the free-throw line compared to just 4-8 for the Polar Bears.
The Bobcats held a 30-24 lead at halftime but Bowdoin was able to draw even quickly after the break and took its first lead of the period after consecutive three-pointers by Sara Binkhorst and Kaitlin Donahoe with under 13 minutes to go, 43-41.
Bowdoin extended its lead to four points before a 9-0 Bates run, capped by an O'Connell three-pointer, gave the hosts a 52-47 edge with 4:46 to go. Bowdoin drew within a single points after a Prue three-pointer, 56-55, with 2:30 remaining but could get no closer as Beaulieu went 4-4 from the charity stripe in the closing minute.
The Polar Bears will return to action when they host the Bowdoin Holiday Invitational on December 29-30 at Morrell Gymnasium. Bowdoin will host Clarkson in the opening day of the tournament at 2:00 p.m. on December 29.