DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Bowdoin College women's basketball team never trailed on its way to a 71-53 win over Gordon on the second day of the Land of Magic Classic.
The 19th-ranked Polar Bears (11-0) complete their Florida trip with a 2-0 mark and improve to 11-0 for the first time since the 2006-07 season. Gordon dips to 4-5 with the loss.
For the second-straight night, a balanced attack paced the Polar Bears to victory. Megan Phelps led Bowdoin with 15 points but five other players had at least six points and 12 different players got onto the scoresheet in the win. Sara Binkhorst added nine points while Shannon Brady battled foul trouble to finish with eight points. Brooke Kratche had 23 points and Fredi Nielsen added 20 points and 17 rebounds in the loss for Gordon.
Bowdoin scored the first five points of the game, but the Scots kept it close, drawing to within two points, 17-15, with 10:10 left in the opening period. Bowdoin closed the half on a 16-7 surge and Maddy Fulton's lay-in gave the Polar Bears a 33-22 edge at the break.
Gordon stayed within striking distance in the second half until a key 15-2 run, sparked by three-pointers from Kirsten Prue and Selena Lorrey and capped by a lay-in and free throw by Phelps, gave Bowdoin a 24-point lead, 59-34, with 9:35 on the clock.
Bowdoin's defense was exceptional, holding Gordon to 37.7% shooting and forcing 34 turnover which they converted into 35 points. Gordon held a 43-36 edge in rebounding, but Bowdoin got 26 points from its bench compared to just 2 for the Scots.
The Polar Bears will return to action in the New Year when they travel to play at Rhode Island College at 2:00 p.m. on January 4.