WATERVILLE, Maine - Kaitlin Donahoe scored a career high 28 points as the Bowdoin women's basketball team defeated Colby College 82-71 tonight in Waterville.
The Polar Bears improve to 10-8 (2-4 NESCAC) with their second win in as many games. The Mules fall to 7-11 (1-5 NESCAC) after suffering tonight's loss.
Donahoe shot 11-for-17 from the field on the way to a game-high 28 points and contributed six rebounds and four assists to the Bowdoin victory. Shannon Brady contributed 16 points of her own going 7-for-10 and converting on both her free throws. She also collected seven rebounds and five blocks. Megan Phelps and Sara Binkhorst both scored in the double-digits with Phelps scoring 14 and Binkhorst adding 13 second-half points.
Colby's Brooke Chandor was 10-for-18 from the field and hit 6-for-13 from 3-point range to score 26 points. She also had seven rebounds.
The Mules opened with a 15-11 lead and 12:49 left in the first half. Bowdoin regained control of the game with an 18-2 run starting at 9:57 that forced a Colby timeout. The Mules closed within five following a 3-point shot from Gabe Donahue at 3:48, but Kristin Prue answered with a 3-point shot of her own. The Polar Bears opened up their largest lead of the game, 15 points, with a 7-0 run wrapped up by a layup from Phelps with 1:49 left to play. Colby put together a 7-0 run, to end the half down 43-33.
Binkhorst's 3-point shots were key in the opening 10 minutes of the second half. The Mules consistently saw any chance of a scoring run slowed down by four timely 3-pointers by Binkhorst. Colby got as close as six points at 61-55 when Chandor nailed a 3-point shot with 10:18 to go.
With the Polar Bears up 69-62 and 5:48 to play, Bowdoin went on a 7-0 run capped off by a Donahoe 3-point shot to go up by 14 points at 76-62 with 3:50 remaining. The Mules got the lead down to eight points three times in the final 2:30 of play, but could never close the gap.
Bowdoin shot 57 percent (29-for-51) from the field and held a slight 34-31 rebound advantage. The two teams combined for 41 assists on 55 made field goals.
The Polar Bears will play at Eastern Connecticut State on January 29 with a 7:00 PM start.