Hot Shooting Propels Bates to Victory Over Bowdoin

Hot Shooting Propels Bates to Victory Over Bowdoin

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bates College women's basketball team handed Bowdoin its worst home loss in over a decade, defeating the Polar Bears 77-56 at Morrell Gymnasium on Saturday. The Bobcats improve to 14-5 (3-2 NESCAC) while 13th-ranked Bowdoin drops its second-straight game to fall to 14-3 (1-2).

Annie Beaulieu was outstanding for Bates, scoring 16 points to go with six assists and four rebounds. Jessie Igoe added 13 points and nine boards while Annie Burns and Taryn O'Connell scored 11 apiece for the Bobcats. The loss spoiled a career-high 29 points from Bowdoin's Jill Henrikson, who accounted for more than half of her team's point total and tied a program record with six three-pointers in defeat.

After an evenly played first ten minutes, Bates used a 16-0 run to take a commanding 35-21 advantage after O'Connell hit a running lay-in with a minute to play before halftime. After taking a 40-25 lead into intermission, the Bobcats were never threatened in the second half, as Bowdoin could get no closer than 13 points and trailed by as many as 24.

The Bobcats connected on 57.9% of their shots for the game, including a scalding 63% in the opening stanza. They held Bowdoin to just 33.3% from the field for the game as the Polar Bears suffered their worst home defeat since losing to Trinity 65-45 in February of 2000.