Donahoe and Brady Lead Women's Basketball Over Hamilton in NESCAC Debut

Donahoe and Brady Lead Women's Basketball Over Hamilton in NESCAC Debut
Shannon Brady had her first career double-double and came within a single block of the school record in Friday's win

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Kaitlin Donahoe racked up 23 points to lead the Bowdoin College women's basketball team to its third straight win, 47-40, over visiting Hamilton College on Friday evening.

The Polar Bears improve to 6-4 (1-0 NESCAC) with the victory in their conference opener. Hamilton drops to 5-5 (0-1 NESCAC) with the setback.

Donahoe's game-high 23 points were also a season-best for the senior co-captain. She also dished out four assists and had five rebounds in the win for Bowdoin. First-year Shannon Brady collected her first career double-double, totaling 12 points and 12 rebounds to go with five blocks. Brady's five blocks are tied for the third-most in school history in a single game.

Hamilton got 13 points and seven rebounds from Madie Harlem in the loss. Eliza Howe had 12 points for the Continentals.

Bowdoin carried a slim 21-18 edge into intermission and was able to open up a double-digit lead early in the second half. A 12-2 run out of the gate, capped by a Sara Binkhorst three-pointer, gave the hosts a 33-20 edge with 14:30 on the clock. Hamilton answered with an 8-0 run, drawing to within five points following a Dani Feigin trifecta with 12:04 remaining. The Bowdoin lead bounced between five and eight points until Harlem nailed a three-pointer from the wing with 4:49 to go, cutting the Polar Bear lead to 41-37.

The Continentals had several chances to draw closer, but missed three of their next four free throws. Meanwhile, Donahoe hit six consecutive shots from the stripe in the closing minutes to seal the win for Bowdoin.

Bowdoin held a 44-33 edge on the boards and held Hamilton to 26.3% shooting for the game. The Polar Bears got nine points from their bench while the Continentals' reserves were scoreless in the contest.

Hamilton will travel to play at Colby on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Bowdoin will play next at Emmanuel on Monday night at 7:00 p.m.