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.
- 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).
- 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