Brady Dominant as Women's Basketball Clinches Third Seed in NESCAC

Shannon Brady scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in Friday's win at Bates
Shannon Brady scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in Friday's win at Bates

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.