Women's Basketball Falls to Amherst In National Title Game

Women's Basketball Falls to Amherst In National Title Game

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Bowdoin's magical run through the NCAA Tournament came to an end on Saturday evening as the Amherst College women's basketball team repeated as Division III champions in a 65-45 victory at the Mayo Civic Center.

The Polar Bears end a phenomenal campaign with a record of 29-3. Amherst finishes the season a perfect 33-0

Game Highlights

  • Bowdoin opened the game by scoring the first four points of the contest, all from Cordelia Stewart, to take an early 4-0 advantage.
  • The Mammoths responded with an 8-0 run, all courtesy of Emma McCarthy, as Bowdoin went cold from the field.
  • The Polar Bears settled down and rallied late in the frame, getting a late jumper from Kate Kerrigan and a Taylor Choate layup to tie the score at 8-8 after one period.
  • Amherst came out hot in the second quarter and got consecutive three-pointers from Cam Hendricks and Hannah Fox to open up a seven-point lead, 20-13, midway through the stanza.
  • Bowdoin again responded with a 9-3 run, capped by a pair of Choate free throws, to close the gap to 23-22.
  • The teams traded buckets down the stretch as the Mammoths carried a 26-23 lead into halftime.
  • Amherst connected on 47% of their shots in the opening half compared to 28% for Bowdoin, but Bowdoin was able to stay close thanks to a 20-15 rebounding edge, including seven offensive boards.
  • The Polar Bears came out strong in the second half and grabbed a two-point lead on a Kerrigan layup just three minutes into the third quarter.
  • The teams traded baskets until the 3:21 mark when Taylor Choate hit a jumper to deadlock the score at 36-36.
  • From there, Amherst held Bowdoin scoreless for the next ten minutes to take control of the contest. The Polar Bears did not score again until a Lydia Caputi three-pointer with 3:07 left in the fourth quarter.
  • Meanwhile, Amherst hit their stride offensively and went on a 23-0 run, taking a 59-36 lead and clinching the win.

By The Numbers

  • Bowdoin struggled offensively, connecting on just 27% of their shots compared to 48% for Amherst.
  • The Polar Bears went 4-18 from three-point range and were out-rebounded 45-30 by the Mammoths, leading to 17 second-chance points.
  • Lauren Petit led Bowdoin with 12 points while Taylor Choate added nine points and five assists.
  • Kate Kerrigan had six points, eight rebounds and a steal in her final collegiate game for Bowdoin.
  • Emma McCarthy had 25 points and 12 rebounds for Amherst while Hannah Fox scored 12 points with seven rebounds.
  • Kerrigan was named as Bowdoin's representative on the NCAA All-Tournament team.

In Conclusion

  • The Polar Bears recorded the second-most wins in school history (29) and advanced to just the second Final Four in program history.
  • The three-member senior class of Kate Kerrigan, Lauren Petit and Lydia Caputi finish their careers with 97 career victories.