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.