Women's Basketball Cruises Past Middlebury in NESCAC Quarterfinals

Ally Silfen scored 17 points off the bench on Saturday against Middlebury
Ally Silfen scored 17 points off the bench on Saturday against Middlebury

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Shannon Brady scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Bowdoin College women's basketball team over Middlebury College 80-52 in the quarterfinals of the New England Small College Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday at Morrell Gymnasium.

The Polar Bears (22-3) improve to 24-0 all-time in NESCAC Tournament games at Morrell Gym and will make their 15th consecutive trip to the conference semifinals. Bowdoin is the only program in league history to reach the semifinals every season the championship has been held. Bowdoin will face Amherst at Tufts next Saturday with complete tournament details to be announced early next week. The Panthers finish their season with a record of 11-14.

Brady connected on 10-16 shots from the field to score her 25 points while also collecting eight rebounds. Ally Silfen scored a career-high 17 points off the bench for the Polar Bears while Sara Binkhorst scored 12 points and five assists for Bowdoin. Kate Kerrigan put home eight points, five assists and had 11 rebounds in the win.

Middlebury was paced by 14 points and 10 caroms from Elizabeth Knox. Sarah Kaufman pitched in 11 points while Sabrina Weeks added nine points for the Panthers.

The game was close in the early going with Bowdoin holding the lead but unable to pull away. Middlebury's Sarah Kaufman buried a three-pointer from the wing with 7:22 remaining in the opening half to trim the Bowdoin lead to 26-22. Lauren Petit immediately answered with a three-pointer for the Polar Bears, sparking a big seven-minute surge for Bowdoin that pushed their halftime lead to 44-27 following a 30-foot buzzer-beating heave by Sydney Hancock.

The Polar Bears pulled away in the second half, pushing their lead to as many as 30 points en route to the victory.

Bowdoin held a 50-29 edge on the glass, including 27 offensive rebounds. The Polar Bears converted for 21 second-chance points and committed just six turnovers in the game. Bowdoin hit on 43% of their shots and held Middlebury to 37% for the contest.