GORHAM, Maine - The Bowdoin women's basketball team never trailed after the opening moments, but held off a late charge to take a 62-56 win over the University of Southern Maine Tuesday evening at Hill Gymnasium.
The Polar Bears remain unbeaten at 5-0 this season while the Huskies fall to 4-2. Bowdoin was led by 16 points from Kirsten Prue, who nailed four three-pointers in the victory. Megan Phelps tossed in 12 points, including eight from the free throw line, while Shannon Brady scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds. The Huskies were led by a dozen points each from Erin McNamara and Rebecca Knight.
After falling behind 2-0, the Polar Bears used a 14-2 run, capped by a Prue trifecta, to take a 14-4 lead midway through the opening period. Brady scored eight of her ten points in the first half as the Polar Bears carried a 25-18 lead into the break despite hitting just 34% of their shots.
USM clawed back early in the second half but couldn't pull ahead of the Polar Bears. A 8-0 Husky run, sparked by three-pointers from Taylor Flood and McNamara, eventually tied the contest at 34-34 when Knight buried a jumper with 12:28 to go. But Selena Lorrey replied with a three-pointer for Bowdoin to regain the lead.
Phelps scored six straight points for Bowdoin late in the half and a clutch three-pointer from Prue with 6:02 remaining gave the visitors some breathing room at 50-43. But the Huskies made another late push, drawing to within a single point, 51-50, with 3:29 to go. First-year Marle Curle answered for Bowdoin, hitting a lay-in with two minutes left as the Polar Bears closed the game on a 11-5 run.
Bowdoin held a 35-29 edge in rebounding and connected on 40% of their shots for the night while holding USM to 38.8% from the field. The Polar Bears will look to continue their season-opening run on Saturday when they travel to play at Colby at 2:00 p.m.