LEWISTON, Maine - Shannon Brady scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in just 22 minutes of action to lead No. 21 nationally ranked Bowdoin to a 77-65 victory over the Bates women's basketball team Friday night in Alumni Gymnasium.
With the victory, Bowdoin (20-3, 7-2 NESCAC) clinched the third seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament. The Polar Bears will host a home quarterfinal game on February 22 at Morrell Gymnasium.
Bowdoin also received 13 points and eight rebounds from Sara Binkhorst, and Selena Lorrey came off the bench to make 4-of-4 shots, including three 3-pointers, for 12 points. The Polar Bears shot 50.9 percent from the field (29-57) and 46.2% from behind the arc (6-13). Bates (7-16, 0-9 NESCAC) received 20 points and three steals from senior Meredith Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.), and first-year Allie Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) added a season-high 19 points to go with eight rebounds. Bates was outrebounded 43-26.
After an initial run by Bates, Brady gave Bowdoin the lead back with consecutive layups, followed by a pair of Binkhorst free throws and a 3-pointer by Prue, which put the Polar Bears ahead 13-5 in the opening minutes.
Bates inched back in, however, closing the gap to 17-15 on a three by sophomore Chelsea Nason and regaining the lead at 18-17 on Kelly's swished three with 11:06 left in the period. Both sides traded hoops over the next eight minutes, and Bates led 27-26 before Bowdoin's Kirsten Prue and Lorrey made back-to-back threes to open at 32-27 lead with 2:45 to go. Bowdoin closed out the period with a layup by Anna Prohl and a free throw by Marle Curle, for a 35-27 halftime advantage.
In the second half, Bowdoin staved off Bates' attempts to get back into the game. Lorrey made consecutive threes at 15:11 and 14:16 to keep a 10-point advantage. Megan Phelps added three points and Brady made a layup for a 56-41 Bowdoin lead, and the Polar Bears continued to pull away, extending the gap to as many as 22 points (72-50).
Tomorrow at 2pm, Bowdoin plays at Tufts on the final day of the regular season for NESCAC teams.