BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College and Hunter College women's basketball teams emerged victorious on the opening day of the 2017 Coastal Maine Classic on Friday afternoon in Morrell Gymnasium.
The Polar Bears eased past Anna Maria 101-36 in the opening game of the tournament while Hunter survived a late rally to defeat Hartwick 60-54 in the nightcap.
The teams will swap opponents Saturday with Anna Maria battling Hunter in the first contest (2:00 p.m.) before Bowdoin faces Hartwick (4:00 p.m.).
Bowdoin 101, Anna Maria 36
Every player scored for the seventh-ranked Polar Bears as they dominated from start-to-finish against the AmCats, 101-36. Bowdoin remains unbeaten at 10-0 while Anna Maria falls to 1-8.
The Polar Bears jumped to a 36-11 lead in the opening quarter, forcing 17 AmCat turnovers in the first ten minutes. Bowdoin led 68-17 at halftime, shattering the school record for points in a half (68).
Kate Kerrigan went 6-7 from the field, scoring a game-high 15 points with three steals. Hannah Graham led a 61-point effort by the Bowdoin bench with 14 points while Abby Kelly (12), Maddie Hasson (12) and Cordelia Stewart (11) also saw double-digits. Franchesca Hammond paced Anna Maria with 11 points.
Bowdoin finished at 53% shooting for the game and owned a 47-20 advantage in rebounding. The Polar Bears held Anna Maria to 31% shooting and forced 37 turnovers, leading directly to 41 points.
Hunter 60, Hartwick 54
Hunter survived a defensive struggle to defeat Hartwick, 60-54, in game two of the classic. Hunter moves to 8-2 while Hartwick falls to 1-7.
Both teams struggled from the field in the game, with Hunter hitting on 37% compared to 31% for Hartwick. Despite not trailing for the game, Hunter couldn't put Hartwick away. Hunter used a 10-3 run to open the fourth quarter to take their biggest lead of the game, 51-39, following a Jade Aponte layup with 5:39 to go.
Hunter went cold from the field and Hartwick used a quick 8-1 surge with under two minutes to play to close within just three points, 57-54, with 1:03 left. Hartwick would not score again, however, and Hunter hit a trio of late free throws to ice the win.
Jade Aponte led Hunter with 15 points with Christine Patterson (11) and Janine Conway (12) also seeing double figures. Ashley Arias led Hunter with 11 rebounds. Hartwick was led by a game-high 21 points from Carly Johnson. Caitlin Corbett had 11 points while Kelly Pine had 11 caroms for Hartwick.
Hartwick owned a 47-38 advantage in rebounding, cashing in for 17 second-chance points but were doomed by 30 turnovers, leading to 25 points for Hunter.