BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Amherst College women's basketball team used a key 12-2 run in the second half to hold off Bowdoin, 65-57, in a battle of nationally-ranked squads Saturday at Morrell Gymnasium.
The 13th-ranked Jeffs improve to 19-2 (6-1 NESCAC) while the 19th-ranked Polar Bears drop their first home game of the season and fall to 18-3 (5-2 NESCAC).
Amherst had five players in double figures, led by 14 off the bench from Marley Giddins, who also grabbed eight rebounds. Jaimie Renner had 13 points while Savannah Holness had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Meredith Doswell also had a dozen points for the visitors while Ali Doswell pitched in 11. Sara Binkhorst was the lone Bowdoin player in double figures with 19 points. Shannon Brady had nine and Kirsten Prue and Megan Phelps added eight each.
The teams traded blows in the first half as the Jeffs carried a 30-28 edge into halftime despite shooting 1-14 from three-point range. Bowdoin opened the second period on an 8-2 run, getting four points from Phelps to take a 36-32 advantage with 14:15 to go.
The teams exchanged buckets for the next three minutes as the contest entered the final 10:30 tied at 39 apiece. Hannah Peterson knocked down a three-pointer with 10:15 to go, giving Amherst their final lead of the game. The trifecta sparked the decisive 12-2 surge for the Jeffs, as a three-pointer from Meredith Doswell pushed the Amherst lead to 51-41 with 6:35 to go.
Bowdoin would get as close as four points following a pair of Brady free throws with 4:23 to go, and had an offensive possession to cut further into the lead. But a turnover, followed by a quick 8-2 run by the Jeffs pushed the lead back to double digits with under a minute to play.
Amherst had a 45-34 lead in rebounding and nailed 18-26 free throws compared to 10-18 for Bowdoin.
The Jeffs will return to action next Friday at home against Conn. College (6:00 p.m.). The Polar Bears will travel to Middlebury next Saturday.
In a pregame ceremony on Saturday, Bowdoin honored its three member senior class and their families. Photo courtesy of Brian Beard/www.CIPhotography.com