Top-Ranked Women's Basketball Posts Impressive Road Win at #4 Tufts

Samantha Roy finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals against Tufts
Samantha Roy finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals against Tufts

MEDFORD, Mass. – The top-ranked Bowdoin women's basketball team dominated the second half en route to an impressive 82-63 win at fourth-ranked Tufts on Saturday afternoon.

The Polar Bears remain unbeaten at 12-0 and improve to 2-0 in NESCAC play. The Jumbos lose for the first time this season and fall to 12-1 (1-1 NESCAC).

Game Highlights

  • The teams traded blows in the first half as the squads exchanged the lead seven times in the opening twenty minutes.
  • Tufts led 15-14 after the first quarter, but Bowdoin opened the second frame on an 8-2 run, sparked by an Abby Kelly three-pointer, to take a 22-17 lead.
  • Bowdoin maintained the lead for the remainder of the first half, but Tufts closed the second quarter on a 9-4 surge, closing the gap to 32-30 at the break following a Katie Martensen jumper.
  • The hosts stormed out of the gate in the third quarter, using an 8-0 run to take their biggest lead of the contest, 38-32, with 8:42 to go in the period.
  • Bowdoin answered quickly with a 10-2 surge, regaining the lead on a pair of Maddie Hasson free throws with 5:27 on the clock.
  • Molly Ryan briefly regained the lead for Tufts on a three-pointer, 43-42, with 5:13 on the clock but Abby Kelly answered again for Bowdoin, knocking down a three-pointer to give the Polar Bears the lead for good.
  • Bowdoin closed the third quarter on an 11-3 run, and a three-pointer from Sela Kay gave the visitors a 56-48 lead heading into the final period.
  • The Polar Bears poured in on from there, scoring 26 points in the fourth quarter, connecting on 50% of their shots in the period and extending the lead to as many as 23 points on their way to the win.

By The Numbers

  • Bowdoin finished at 50% shooting for the game and knocked down 6-10 from three-point range.
  • The Polar Bear defense held Tufts to 34% shooting and Bowdoin scored 20 points off 14 Jumbo turnovers in the win.
  • Maddie Hasson continued her hot play, finishing with a game-high 21 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Hasson hit on 9-11 from the field in the game.
  • Bowdoin also got 17 points from Abby Kelly, including a trio of three-pointers, while Samantha Roy finished with a season-best 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.
  • Erica DeCandido led Tufts with 20 points, half of which came on a 10-10 performance from the free throw line.
  • After trailing in rebounds at halftime, Bowdoin out-rebounded Tufts 24-9 in the second half to finish with a 39-30 advantage for the game on the glass.

Up Next

  • The Polar Bears will return to action on Tuesday night as they travel to play at Husson (7:00 p.m.)