Williams Uses Big Second Half To Down Women's Basketball

Kaitlin Donahoe scored a game-high 22 points on Senior Day against Williams
Kaitlin Donahoe scored a game-high 22 points on Senior Day against Williams

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Williams College women's basketball team won in Brunswick for the first time since 1999 in a 50-42 win over Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon at Morrell Gymnasium.

The win snapped a 10-game losing skid at Morrell Gymnasium for the Ephs, who improve to 18-4 (7-1 NESCAC). The loss drops the Polar Bears to 12-9 (3-5 NESCAC) this winter.

Brunswick native Claire Baecher scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the win for Williams while Jennie Harding added 12 points and nine boards. Bowdoin was led by senior Kaitlin Donahoe, celebrated Senior Day with a 22-point effort for the Polar Bears.

Bowdoin carried a 21-15 edge into halftime thanks to a 12-3 run over the final four minutes of the first period, capping the run with a three-pointer by Donahoe.

Williams quickly erased that advantage one minute after halftime as Beacher nailed a pair of three pointers in span of 32 seconds right out of the gate to tie the game at 21-21. That sparked a 13-0 run for the Ephs that, following another Baecher three-pointer with 15:33 left, gave the visitors at 28-21 advantage.

Bowdoin was able to trim the lead to four points before another Williams surge, this time a 9-0 run, gave the Ephs a commanding 37-24 lead with 8:18 to go. The Polar Bears could get no closer than six points over the final eight minutes as the Ephs held on to win.

The Polar Bears held a 43-41 edge in rebounds but shot just 19% for the game. WIlliams connected on 35% of its shots and blocked nine Bowdoin shots, including four from Danny Rainer.

Bowdoin will look to solidify its position for the NESCAC Tournament next Friday when they travel to play at Wesleyan at 8:00 p.m.