Binkhorst Leads Women's Basketball To Thrilling Comeback Win at Hamilton

Sara Binkhorst's 32 points were the most by a Bowdoin player since 2005
Sara Binkhorst's 32 points were the most by a Bowdoin player since 2005

CLINTON, N.Y. - Sara Binkhorst scored a career-high 32 points as the Bowdoin College women's basketball team rallied from an 11-point deficit with under six minutes to play to stun Hamilton, 71-65, in overtime Saturday afternoon at Scott Field House.

The 19th-ranked Polar Bears outscored the Continentals 11-5 in the extra session to improve to 15-2 (3-1 NESCAC) this season. Hamilton falls to 7-8 (1-3 NESCAC) with the setback.

Binkhorst's 32 points are the highest by a Bowdoin player since Eileen Flaherty '07 scored 32 against Colby in 2005. She went 9-15 from the field, including a pair of three-pointers, and connected on 12-15 free throws to reach her career high. She was joined in double figures by Shannon Brady, who scored 14, and Megan Phelps, who posted a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds off the bench for Bowdoin.

Samantha Graber headlined the day for Hamilton, scoring 28 poitns with 12 caroms for the hosts.

The Polar Bears look to be in control at halftime, as they closed the half on a 15-6 run over the final six minutes and carried a 34-25 edge at the break. Hamilton came out firing in the second half and quickly got back into the game, tying it up at 40-40 after a Florence Turiaf three-pointer with 13:30 to go.

That sparked a key 16-2 run for Hamilton, who took a commanding 56-45 lead with 5:47 to go following a pair of Graber free throws.

Binkhorst took over from there, aggressively taking the ball to the hoop and drawing fouls. She nailed six consecutive free throws to cut the lead tom 56-53 with two minutes to go and, after a defensive stop, Phelps put in a lay-up to cut the lead to 56-55. Dani Feigin answered with a jumper for Hamilton, but Binkhorst came right back with a game-tying three-pointer that made it 58-58 with a minute to go. The teams traded free throws in the final minute to send the game into overtime tied at 60-60.

Binkhorst outscored Hamilton by herself in the extra session, scoring nine points in a two-minute stretch. After Graber gave Hamilton a 63-60 lead to open overtime, Binkhorst replied with a three-pointer to tie it, hit a running lay-in to give Bowdoin the lead and earned a hoop-and-harm to give the visitors a 68-63 lead with under a minute to play, clinching the win.

The Polar Bears will return to action next Saturday afternoon with a home game against Colby. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.