BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's basketball team forced 38 Plymouth State turnovers and held the visitors to 20.8% shooting in a season-opening 80-27 victory at the Bowdoin Tip-Off Tournament Presented by the Inn at Brunswick Station on Friday evening.
The Polar Bears (1-0), ranked 11th in the WBCA Preseason Division III poll, advance to face RPI in the title game Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The Panthers (0-2) will battle Eastern Nazarene in the consolation match at 2:00 p.m.
Jill Henrikson led the way for Bowdoin with 16 points, 10 steals and five rebounds. Henrikson's 10 steals were one shy of the school record held by Amy Harper and Andrea Little and were the most in a single game by a Polar Bear since 1998. Kaitlin Donahoe had 14 points on 4-6 shooting, including 2-3 from long range, while Allie Piscina (12 points), and Nichole Coombes (11 points) also saw double figures. Plymouth was led by five points from Kellie Walsh.
Bowdoin's tenacious defense held Plymouth State to single digits in the opening period as the Polar Bears held a 38-9 edge at the break. The 27 points allowed tie for the fewest points permitted by Bowdoin under current head coach Adrienne Shibles. The Polar Bears shot 37.3% for the game, but hit 18-21 free throws and held a 56-34 edge on the glass.
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The RPI women's basketball team used a 18-1 run to start the second half en route to a 66-46 victory over Eastern Nazarene in the opening round of the Bowdoin Tip-Off Tournament presented by the Inn at Brunswick Station on Friday evening.
The win is the first on the season for the Engineers (1-1), who advance to play the host Polar Bears in the championship tilt Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The Lions drop to 1-1 on the season and will face Plymouth State in the consolation game at 2:00 p.m.
Bailei Tetrault led a balanced RPI attack with 11 points while Sarah Wetmore added 10 in the win. Jen Rock had eight points and seven boards for the Engineers. Eastern Nazarene was paced by 10 points from Alexis Malloy and received 13 boards from Shardae Brown in the loss.
A tightly-played first half saw RPI use a late surge to carry a 32-30 edge into intermission. The Engineers exploded out of the gate in the second period, taking advantage of several Lions turnovers to quickly pushing the lead to double digits. Wetmore nailed three-pointer made it 43-31 as RPI's lead eventually grew to 19 points after Jen Rock hit a pair of free throws to cap the 18-1 run. Eastern Nazarene could get no closer than 16 points for the remainder of the game.
RPI shot 47.2% from the field for the game and held the Lions to 26.3%, including just 12.0% in the second half. Eastern Nazarene held a 42-37 edge on the glass, but committed 38 turnovers and hit just 2 of 13 shots from three-point range.
Photos courtesy of Brian Beard and Creative Images Photography