Women's Basketball Suffers First Loss of the Season at RIC

Marle Curle had 17 points in Saturday's loss at Rhode Island College
Marle Curle had 17 points in Saturday's loss at Rhode Island College

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Bowdoin College women's basketball team dropped its first game of the season on Saturday, 72-61, at Rhode Island College.

The Anchorwomen were led by a career-high 22 points from freshman guard Alex Moore in the win as they improve to 6-4. 19th-ranked Bowdoin falls to 11-1 with the loss despite Shannon Brady's 25 points and 12 rebounds and Marle Curle's 17 points and eight caroms.

Although the Polar Bears opened the ballgame on a 9-2 run through the first four minutes of action, the Anchorwomen responded with a 31-18 run of their own, keyed by 17 first-half points from senior forward Cara Paladino, to take a 33-26 lead into intermission. Rhode Island College forced Bowdoin into 10 first-half turnovers, while only coughing up the ball twice on the other end of the floor.

RIC held at least a two-possession lead over the Polar Bears throughout much of the second half, eventually jumping ahead by as many as 12, before Bowdoin finally cut the deficit to just five, 65-60, in the final minute of play. Although they trailed by 11 with 1:14 on the clock, the Polar Bears rallied for six straight points over the next 37 seconds, capped off by a three-pointer from Curle at the 0:47 mark.

However, despite losing both Paladino and Vandell Andrade to foul trouble late in the game, the Anchorwomen connected on six of their final nine free throws to help fend off Bowdoin. In total, RIC forced 20 turnovers on the afternoon, while finishing with just nine miscues of its own. The hosts also corralled 18 offensive rebounds as a team and recorded 12 steals.

Paladino finished with 17 points on the day to go along with eight rebounds and two assists, while Andrade compiled 15 points and 11 rebounds.  On the other end, junior forward Megan Phelps posted 11 points, seven rebounds and two assists for Bowdoin.

RIC shot 35 percent (25-for-71) from the floor, 29 percent (4-for-14) from beyond the three-point arc and 60 percent (18-for-30) from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Bowdoin shot 38 percent (21-for-56) from the field, 33 percent (3-for-9) from downtown and 73 percent (16-for-22) from the charity stripe. The Polar Bears outrebounded the Anchorwomen, 47-43, in the loss.

Bowdoin will look to bounce back in another non-conference game Tuesday evening at home against Emmanuel. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.