MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Kaitlin Donahoe surpassed 1,000 career points, but was unable to lead the Bowdoin women's basketball team past Wesleyan in tonight's 70-69 loss.
Donahoe entered tonight's game just three points shy of 1,000 in her Bowdoin career. Donahoe reached the mark with a jump shot at the 15:59 mark in the first half of tonight's contest. She becomes only the 13th player in program history to reach this milestone.
Donahoe scored a game high 18 points and went 6-14 from the field, 2-4 in three-point range, and 4-4 from the line. Sara Binkhorst contributed 13 in tonight's outing, going 6-6 in free throws.
Cherkira Lashley came off the bench and supplied her team with 11 points, going 4-4 from the field, hitting both attempted threes, and 1-2 free throws. Amber Wessells and Dreisen Heath both scored 10 for Wesleyan.
The Polar Bears opened up the game with a 14-2 run over the opening six minutes of play, capped by a 3-pointer from Selena Lorrey at 14:10. Wesleyan answered Bowdoin's quick lead with a 11-0 run of its own, cutting the score to 14-13. A pair of free throws from Siena Mitman sparked a 7-2 run for the quieted Bowdoin offense. The 21-15 lead Bowdoin held at 8:38 quickly vanished. Wesleyan put together another 8-0 run with Lashley contributing the 3-pointer which gave Wesleyan its first lead of the night. Once again, Mitman sparked Bowdoin's rebuttal with her tying layup at 7:11. Following Mitman's pair of points, knotting the game at 23-23, Binkhorst scored seven of Bowdoin's next 10 points as the Polar Bears edged Wesleyan 33-27. The Cardinals closed the half with a 13-4 run over the remaining four minutes of play, to secure a 40-37 lead as time expired.
Wesleyan and Bowdoin traded baskets during the opening minutes of play in the second half. By 14:31 a jump shot from Donahoe capped a 12-7 Bowdoin run, resulting in the teams being tied at 49-49. This was the first of seven tying scores and nine lead changes in the second period. Neither team would lead by more than four points once Bowdoin closed the initial gap in the beginning of the period.
Donahoe gave the Polar Bears a 69-68 lead with two free throws with 41 seconds to go. But a put-back off an offensive board by Wessells with just 28 seconds remaining on the clock gave the Cardinals the final lead of the evening as the hosts withstood a late Bowdoin possession to take the one-point victory.
The Polar Bears shot only 35.3% from the field compared to 50% by the Cardinals' offense. Wesleyan also held the advantage in rebounds 33-28 and in 3-point shooting percentage 66.7% to Bowdoin's 31.8%.
Bowdoin will visit Connecticut College tomorrow evening with a 5:00 PM tipoff.