BRUNSWICK, Maine - Allie Beaulieu and Molly Brown combined for 49 points as the Bates College women's basketball team held off a furious Bowdoin rally in a 67-64 win on Saturday afternoon at Morrell Gymnasium.
The Bobcats improve to 8-7 (2-2 NESCAC) with their second win over the Polar Bears this season. Bowdoin falls to 7-6 (1-2 NESCAC) with their second loss in as many days.
Beaulieu scored a game-high 26 points to go with nine rebounds for the Bobcats while Brown came off the bench to pitch in 23 points. Bowdoin was led by 17 points from Kaitlin Donahoe while Sara Binkhorst scored 11 with eight rebounds off the bench for the Polar Bears.
Bates used 48% shooting, including five three-pointers, to take a commanding 41-26 edge at intermission. The Bobcats closed the half on a 16-5 run over the final six minutes, ending the period on a three-pointer by Brown to carry the big lead into the half.
The lead remained in double digits for most of the second half as the visitors still maintained a 14-point lead with 7:14 remaining, 56-42. Bowdoin began chipping away after a three-point play by Donahoe, and outscored the Bobcats 22-9 over a five-minute span. Sara Binkhorst hit two three-pointers in the run and Donahoe, following a pair of free throws with a minute to go, connected on a three-pointer from the wing with 26 seconds left to close the gap to 65-64.
Bates missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and Bowdoin had possession with a chance to win the game. The Polar Bears had a pair of good chances on running jumpers to take the lead, but both shots rattled out. Beaulieu nailed two free throws with under a second to go to seal the win.
The Bobcats held a 43-41 edge in rebounding and both teams connected for 37% of their shots for the game.
Bowdoin will return to the court on Tuesday night at Husson. Bates will host Connecticut College in a NESCAC game on Friday evening.