Women's Basketball Falls to Amherst in NESCAC Semifinals

Senior Kaitlin Donahoe scored 14 points in Saturday's NESCAC Semifinal loss
Senior Kaitlin Donahoe scored 14 points in Saturday's NESCAC Semifinal loss

AMHERST, Mass. - The Amherst College women's basketball team jumped to an early lead and held off Bowdoin in a 60-45 win in the NESCAC Semifinals Saturday at LeFrak Gymnasium.

The Polar Bears end their season with a record of 14-11 while the Jeffs improve to 25-1 and advance to Sunday's NESCAC title game against Williams.

In her final collegiate game, Bowdoin's Kaitlin Donahoe recorded a game-high 14 points to lead the Polar Bears. No other Polar Bear saw double-digits as Bowdoin was hampered by 20 turnovers in the loss. Amherst was led by 14 points each from Megan Robertson and Marcia Voight.

The Jeffs took a 15-4 lead six minutes into Saturday's semifinal game. Bowdoin was able to muster a brief surge that closed the gap to five points, following a three-pointer from Megan Phelps with 7:56 remaining in the half. The hosts closed the period on a 10-2 run, however, capped by a Savannah Holness lay-in, to take a 32-19 edge into the break.

Bowdoin was able to cut the Amherst lead to nine points on four occasions, the final time coming after a Sara Binkhorst lay-up with 12:44 to go that cut the advantage to 42-33. But Amherst replied with a 12-1 run that doomed the Polar Bears, giving the hosts a 54-34 edge with under five minutes to play.

Amherst held a slight 35-34 edge in rebounding and held Bowdoin to 37.8% shooting for the game. The Jeffs connected on 43% from the field, but turned 20 Polar Bear turnovers in 19 key points in the win.