WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - The Bowdoin College women's basketball team couldn't recover from a first-half deficit, falling to Williams, 69-55, in a battle of nationally-ranked teams Friday evening.
The 15th-ranked Ephs improve to 13-2 (2-1 NESCAC) while the 19th-ranked Polar Bears drop to 14-2 (2-1 NESCAC).
Sara Binkhorst had 15 in the losing effort for Bowdoin while Anna Prohl pitched in 10. Megan Phelps had 12 points and nine caroms off the bench for Bowdoin. Lauren McCall was red-hot for Williams, scoring 24 points, including 6-8 from three-point range for the game. Kellie MacDonald had 17 as well for the Ephs.
McCall scored 16 of her game-high 24 points in the opening half as the hosts sprinted to a 42-19 halftime advantage. Williams connected on 50% of their shots in the period, including six three-pointers (four by McCall). Meanwhile, Bowdoin struggled from the field, hitting just 33% of its shots, and going 0-6 from long-distance.
The Polar Bears rallied in the second half, chipping away at the Williams lead. Bowdoin came as close as nine points, 58-49, following a pair of Sara Binkhorst free throws with 3:05 to play, but Williams immediately answered with a three-pointer from McCall to push the lead back to double figures.
Bowdoin out-rebounded Williams 39-34 but shot just 36.4% for the game. The Polar Bears went 2-15 from three-point range.
Bowdoin will look to rebound Saturday as they face Hamilton at 2:00 p.m.