BOSTON, Mass- Kaitlin Donahoe hit the game-winning shot on a baseline drive with nine seconds remaining to lift the Bowdoin College women's basketball team over the Emmanuel College Saints 65-63.
The Polar Bears improve to 7-4 with the road victory over Emmanuel. The Saints fall to 8-4 on the season. Bowdoin is 9-3 against the Saints over the past 10 years.
Donahoe posted a game-high 26 points for the Polar Bears and topped her season best, set three days ago, by 3 points. Donahoe went 7-14 from the field and 10-13 at the line to lead the Polar Bears past the Saints in a close, come from behind, victory. Anna Prohl accounted for 18 Bowdoin points as well as nine rebounds. Prohl was the second leading scorer in the game.
Fiona O'Dwyer had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Saints. O'Dwyer lead both teams in rebounds, with Emmanuel holding a 48-40 edge.
The Saints led the Polar Bears through the entire first half of play. A brief 6-6 tie at 4:09 into play was the closest Bowdoin would come to their hosts in the opening half of play. The Saints then went on a 12-1 run over the following five minutes to regain their lead and push the score to 19-7 at 10:48. The Polar Bears were able to chip away at the deficit and end the period down 30-24.
The Polar Bears opened the second stanza on a 9-3 run. A baseline three-ball by Sara Binkhorst and a jumper by Kristen Prue made it a two point game at 33-31. Prohl then laid one in off an inbounds play and tied the game at 33-all with 16 minutes remaining. Bowdoin took its first lead of the game off a 3-pointer from Donahoe at 13:09, putting the Polar Bears up 39-38. The shot sparked a 7-0 run over the following four minutes of play. Megan Phelps gave Bowdoin its largest lead of the game when she hit a 3-pointer with 5:26 to play.
Emmanuel answered with a 9-0 run over the remaining five minutes to even the score at 63-63 with 00:21 left on the clock. A layup from Donahoe and defensive rebound from Binkhorst capped the victory for Bowdoin.
Both teams struggled from the free throw line, with Emmanuel shooting 45% (9-20) and Bowdoin shooting 55.2% (16-29). The two squads committed 15 turnovers apiece.
Bowdoin will host Tufts University on Friday night in an 8:00 PM NESCAC contest.