Bowdoin Beats Clark to Share Women's Basketball Classic Crown

Bowdoin Beats Clark to Share Women's Basketball Classic Crown

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's basketball team defeated Clark 82-46 on Monday evening to earn a share of the 2011 Bowdoin Women's Basketball Classic at Morrell Gymnasium. The Polar Bears, ranked 21st in the latest national poll, improve to 9-1 overall this season. Clark falls to 2-9 with the loss.

In the early game on Monday afternoon, Trinity beat Wellesley 62-47. The Bantams improve to 9-3 with the victory while the Blue lose their second-straight contest to dip to 7-3 on the year.

Bowdoin and Trinity both carded 2-0 records at the Classic to share the crown. Bowdoin's Nicole Coombes and Trinity's Kaitlin Ciarleglio were named Co-Most Valuable Players of the tournament and were joined on the All-Classic team by Michelle Royals (Trinity), Katie Bergeron (Bowdoin) Megan Grondin (Clark) and Becca Kimball (Wellesley). The Polar Bears improve to 6-0 all-time in their annual tourney.

In Monday's action, Bowdoin forced 32 Clark turnovers to cruise to a 36-point win. The Cougars managed to stay within shouting distance until late in the first period when the Polar Bears closed the half on a 17-6 run to carry a 45-26 lead into intermission. The Polar Bears connected on 47.3% from the field in the game and assisted on 27 of their 35 baskets while holding Clark to 32.7% from the field. Nicole Coombes led the Polar Bears in scoring for the second-straight game, posting 15 points, seven boards and four steals. Katie Bergeron netted 15 points, seven steals and five assists while Kaitlin Donahoe scored 10 points with five assists and three steals. Clark, who actually held a 45-35 edge on the boards, was led by nine points from Grondin and ten rebounds from Kate Minister.

In the early contest, Trinity used a 14-0 run to open the second half and held off Wellesley in a 15-point victory. The Bantams led by nine at halftime and extended their advantage to 23 points before a furious comeback by the Blue cut the lead to single digits midway through the period. But Trinity, behind 15 points from Ciarlegio, was able to stem the tide. Ciarleglio added five assists and four steals while Kristen Fahey totaled 11 points and six steals and Royals netted 10 points with five assists. Wellesley was led by 18 points from Kimball and 13 with eight rebounds from Leslie Leong.