Women's Basketball Pulls Away in Second Half For Road Win at Eastern Conn

Sara Binkhorst hit a trio of three-pointers in Tuesday's win at Eastern Connecticut
Sara Binkhorst hit a trio of three-pointers in Tuesday's win at Eastern Connecticut

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Kaitlin Donahoe scored 15 points and Sara Binkhorst added 13 to lead the Bowdoin women's basketball team to a 61-50 road win at Eastern Connecticut on Tuesday night.

The non-conference victory lifts the Polar Bears to 11-8 on the season while the Warriors drop to 7-13 for the season.

Donahoe, the reigning NESCAC Player of the Week, led Bowdoin in scoring and, with her 15 points, saw double digits for the 16th time in 19 games. Binkhorst nailed three three-pointers and finished with 13 points and six rebounds, reaching double figures for the third straight outing. Shannon Brady added nine points and Megan Phelps had eight in the win.

Eastern Conn was paced by a game-high 17 points and five rebounds from Brianna Leonard. Jill Ritrosky pitched in 12 points for the Warriors.

The hosts jumped to an early 7-3 lead, but Bowdoin answered with a 10-3 surge, capped by a Phelps three-pointer and Anna Prohl lay-in, to take a 13-10 advantage. The teams traded the lead for most of the opening period until a late 6-0 Bowdoin run, including consecutive lay-ups by Brady, gave the visitors a 27-21 edge at halftime.

Bowdoin would never relinquish the lead in the second half, but couldn't quite put the Warriors away until the final minutes. Eastern Conn got within a single point, 33-32, following a jumper by Ritrosky with 14:45 to go. But the Polar Bears rolled off 15 unanswered points over a span of five minutes to build its largest lead, 48-32, with nine minutes left.

Five different Bowdoin players fueled that run with points, with Binkorst and Kristen Prue nailing three-pointers, along with a conventional three-point play from Prohl. On seven possessions in that Bowdoin run, Eastern missed four field goals and two free throws and turned the ball over twice. The Warriors trimmed the lead to seven points with under two minutes to play, but could get no closer.

Bowdoin held a 38-35 edge in rebounding and held Eastern Conn to 36% shooting for the game. The Polar Bears hit just 37% of their shots, but connected on six three-pointers to just one for the hosts.

The Polar Bears will return to action Friday evening with a NESCAC home contest against Middlebury, scheduled for 8:00 p.m.