BRUNSWICK, Maine - Shannon Brady hit a pair of free throws with under a second remaining in regulation to give the Bowdoin College women's basketball team its 18th straight win over Connecticut College on Friday evening, 58-56.
In a game that featured nine ties and 19 lead changes, the 20th-ranked Polar Bears improve to 13-1 on the season while the Camels fall to 7-6 on the year.
Brady finished with 18 points and seven rebounds in the victory while Kirsten Prue and Sarah Binkhorst finished with 11 apiece for the Polar Bears. The loss spoiled a 26-point performance by Conn. College's Tara Gabelman, who also collected nine rebounds. Liz Malman pitched in 12 points as well for the Camels.
The teams traded blows until late in the second half, when Bowdoin went on a 7-0, sparked by a Brady lay-in and continued on a three-pointer from Prue. When Marle Curle drove to the hoop for a lay-in off the glass with 3:46 remaining, the Polar Bears had opened their largest lead of the game, 52-47.
Moments later, a three-pointer from Caitlin Cimino cut the Bowdoin lead to 54-52, but Brady put home a pick-and-roll basket to push the Polar Bear edge to 56-52 with under a minute to play. Following a pair of Gabelman free throws, the Camels held on defense and broke loose on a fast break to tie the game on a Cimino layup with just 15 seconds to play.
Bowdoin held for the final shot and Binkhorst drove to the hoop with under five seconds to play. Brady grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled by Gabelman just before the buzzer sounded, earning a one-and-one free throw attempt. Following a Connecticut College timeout, the sophomore coolly netted the first free throw and added the second to seal the win.
Bowdoin hit on 41% of their shots to 42% for the Camels. Bowdoin held a 34-29 edge in rebounding and hit 6-15 from three-point range compared to 3-13 for Conn. College.
The Polar Bears will host Wesleyan at 2:00 p.m. Saturday while the Camels travel to Colby for a 2:00 p.m. start.