Second Half Surge Leads Women's Basketball to Blowout of Bates

Kirsten Prue scored 14 points to go with seven rebounds and six assists (photo courtesy of www.CIPhotography.com)

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's basketball team opened up the second half on a 21-2 run to pull away from Bates in a 76-40 win Saturday afternoon at Morrell Gymnasium.

The win improves the Polar Bears to 4-0 for the first time since 2009 while the Bobcats fall to 3-2 with the loss. This was the non-conference meeting between the schools, who will play in Lewiston on February 14 in the NESCAC contest.

Four Polar Bears reached double digits, as Kirsten Prue sparked Bowdoin with 14 points, including four three-pointers, to go with seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. Shannon Brady had 16 points and six rebounds while Megan Phelps added 15 points and five boards while Sara Binkhorst scored 10 points and collected 10 rebounds for the Polar Bears.

Bates was led by 11 points and five rebounds from Chelsea Nason. Meredith Kelly had 11 points and three steals in the loss for the Bobcats.

With Bowdoin hold a slim 14-12 lead midway through the opening half, Binkhorst and Prue hit long-distance three-pointers to spark a quick 8-0 surge that gave the Polar Bears a 24-12 advantage. The Bobcats replied with a 10-2 run, capped by a Julia Rafferty jumper, to cut the lead to 26-22 late in the period, but Bowdoin rolled off a 10-4 surge right before the break to take a 36-26 edge into the locker room.

The Polar Bears wasted little time putting the contest out of reach in the second half, as Prue, Binkhorst and Phelps all hit three-pointers in the decisive 21-2 run while Shannon Brady scored six points. When Phelps hit a running lay-in with 11:06 remaining, Bowdoin held an insurmountable 57-28 lead.

The Polar Bears connected on 42.4% of their shots for the game, including 10-23 (43.5%) from three-point range. Bowdoin held a 48-37 on the glass and held Bates to just 22.8% shooting for the contest.