January 18, 2013

Fourth-Ranked Amherst Uses Second-Half Rally to Tip Women's Basketball

AMHERST, Mass. - The Bowdoin women's basketball team held a halftime lead, but fourth-ranked Amherst rallied to remain unbeaten in a 74-58 win on Friday evening.

Bowdoin's Selena Lorrey drained 5-of-5 first-half attempts from downtown en route to a team-high 15 points while Kaitlin Donahoe and Shannon Brady chipped in 14 apiece for the Polar Bears (8-7, 1-3 NESCAC).

Bridget Crowley posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Marcia Voigt scored a game-high 17 points for the Jeffs (16-0, 4-0 NESCAC).

Led by Lorrey, Bowdoin shot a lights-out six-of-eight from long range in the opening period and took a 36-30 lead into the locker room. But Amherst ramped up its defense in the second half, forcing turnovers on each of the Polar Bears' first three possessions and eventually outscoring their guests 22-6 over the opening 12:19 of the period. In a tale of two halves, the Jeffs held Bowdoin without a three-pointer for the entire second period while cashing in on 5-of-9 attempts themselves.

Play was back-and-forth throughout the first half as neither team led by more than four until the closing seconds. After Amherst took a 26-24 lead on a Savannah Holness '14 layup with 4:44 remaining, Bowdoin grabbed the lead back on a Sara Binkhorst '15 rainmaker and kept it until the break, extending the advantage to six on a Lorrey trey and Brady layup in the final minute.

Steals by Voigt and Hardy on Bowdoin's first two possessions set the tone and the Jeffs pulled ahead, 39-38, on Voigt's trifecta 5:31 into the period. Donahoe brought the Polar Bears back in front momentarily, picking off a pass from Voigt and taking it in for a layup on the next possession, but after an Amherst timeout, Hardy responded with a three-pointer to put the Jeffs ahead to stay.

Another Hardy triple with 7:41 to go extended the Amherst lead to double digits at 52-42 and efficiency from the free throw line sealed the win for the hosts as the Jeffs cashed in on 15-of-16 attempts from the stripe over the final seven minutes of the contest.

Bowdoin will travel to play at Trinity on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.