Women's Basketball Tips Scranton To Advance To Elite Eight

Kate Kerrigan had a double-double to lead Bowdoin past Scranton (Photo courtesy of Tim Dougherty)
Kate Kerrigan had a double-double to lead Bowdoin past Scranton (Photo courtesy of Tim Dougherty)

SCRANTON, Pa. - The Bowdoin College women's basketball team used a big second quarter to pull away from host Scranton in a 66-54 victory in the Third Round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Friday night.

The fifth-ranked Polar Bears improve to 27-2 and return to the "Elite 8" for the first time since 2007, while the tenth-ranked Royals finish their season at 28-2.

Game Highlights

  • Early three-pointers from Lydia Caputi and Taylor Choate gave Bowdoin a 8-1 advantage out of the gate.
  • Scranton was able to stay within striking distance thanks to numerous free throws, hitting six from the charity stripe in the opening period to rally to a 16-14 lead after ten minutes.
  • After the Royals took a four-point lead, 18-14, in the opening moments of the second quarter, Bowdoin knotted the contest thanks to trifectas from Kate Kerrigan and Abby Kelly.
  • Bowdoin took command with a run in the final six minutes of the quarter. Trailing 22-20, Bowdoin took the lead for good on a Sam Roy three-pointer, which sparked a 18-0 run.
  • Kerrigan hit a pair of three-pointers in the surge, which included a technical foul against the Scranton bench. The Polar Bears carried a 38-24 lead into the break.
  • The second half saw Scranton make numerous runs and Bowdoin answer every Royal surge with a gutty basket in response.
  • Bowdoin pushed the lead to as many as 17 points in the third quarter.
  • Scranton was able to cut the gap to 52-42 after three quarters but could get no closer than seven points in the final period as the Polar Bears clung to victory.

By The Numbers

  • Kate Kerrigan was outstanding, scoring 16 points and grabbing 14 rebounds with two steals and two assists, recording a double-double in her second straight game.
  • Abby Kelly pitched in 15  points and ten boards off the bench for the Polar Bears while Taylor Choate added 11 points.
  • Kate Feehery led Scranton with 15 points off the bench.
  • Despite foul troubles for both Bowdoin posts, the Polar Bears owned a 46-32 edge in rebounding and converted 14 second-chance points in the victory.
  • Bowdoin hit ten three-pointers and held Scranton to 3-18 shooting from long range.
  • Scranton also committed 16 turnovers and Bowdoin cashed in for 25 points off turnovers.
  • The win gives Bowdoin their seventh "Elite 8" appearance and their first since 2007 (also in Scranton). The Polar Bears are looking for just their second "Final Four" appearance (2004).

Up Next

  • Bowdoin will face a familiar foe in the national quarterfinals as they will battle Tufts at 6:00 p.m. The teams have split their two meetings this season.
  • Live coverage will be available at GoUBears.com