Women's Basketball Falls to Tufts In NESCAC Semifinals

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AMHERST, Mass. - The Bowdoin College women's basketball team suffered just its second loss of the season, 60-48, in the semifinals of the NESCAC Tournament on Saturday afternoon to Tufts University.

The second-seeded Polar Bears (24-2) suffer their first double-digit loss of the campaign and will await to hear about a potential NCAA Tournament bid when selections are announced on Monday afternoon. The Jumbos (23-3) advance to the NESCAC final for the fifth consecutive season where they will play unbeaten Amherst at noon on Sunday.

Game Highlights

  • Bowdoin was outscored in every quarter for the first time all season and out-rebounded by Tufts 47-34, including 23 offensive boards by Tufts.
  • Bowdoin led briefly at 6-5 following a Kate Kerrigan jumper but Tufts quickly regained the lead and held a 14-10 edge after ten minutes.
  • Erica DeCandido took over in the second quarter for Tufts, scoring nine points and extending the lead to 27-20 at halftime.
  • The Jumbos pushed the lead to double-digits early in the third quarter but Bowdoin was able to stay within striking distance, 43-35, entering the fourth period.
  • Bowdoin used a 6-3 run to open the fourth quarter to trim the Tufts lead to 46-41 on a Kerrigan jumper with 6:56 to go.
  • The Polar Bears went cold from there, however, going scoreless for the next five minutes as Tufts pulled away with a 7-0 surge to put the contest out of reach.

By The Numbers

  • Erica DeCandido scored a game-high 17 points with nine rebounds while Jac Knapp had 16 points with 12 rebounds.
  • Bowdoin was led by 13 points from Kate Kerrigan and 11 from Abby Kelly.
  • Tufts absolutely dominated the glass, owning a 13-rebound advantage and converting 19 second chance points off 23 offensive rebounds which proved to be the difference in the game.
  • Defense ruled the day as neither team shot particularly well (32% for Tufts, 30% for Bowdoin) but Tufts was able to knock down five three pointers while Bowdoin went just 3-14 from three-point range (21%).

Up Next

  • Bowdoin is likely to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament when selections are announced at 2:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon.