Women's Basketball Set To Host NESCAC Championship This Weekend

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BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College women's basketball team will host the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship this Saturday and Sunday at Morrell Gymnasium.

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It is the first time that Bowdoin will host the championship since 2009 and the Polar Bears will open action in Saturday's first semifinal game against fifth-seeded Middlebury at 2:00 p.m., followed second-seeded Amherst and third-seeded Tufts at 4:00 p.m. The semifinal winners will meet in the NESCAC Championship game Sunday at noon.

Bowdoin (24-0) advanced to the semifinals for the 19th consecutive season following a 96-75 victory over No. 8 Connecticut College. The Polar Bears set a NESCAC Championship record for most points in a game. Bowdoin looks to advance to the championship game for the first time since 2015 and is seeking its ninth title and first since 2009. Bowdoin leads the league in scoring at 84.6 points per game and also top the NESCAC in field goal percentage (48.0%), 3-point field goal percentage (37.9%), and assists per game (17.4 apg). Abby Kelly (Bombay, N.Y.) ranks among the conference leaders in scoring at 14.7 points per game, while Maddie Hasson (South Portland, Maine) (62.7%) and Hannah Graham (50.0%) lead the league in the field goal percentage and 3-point shooting, respectively. Samatha Roy (Stafford Springs, Conn.) is the league leader in assists (4.3 apg).

Middlebury (19-6) earned a 75-71 victory at Trinity to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2013 and the third time in program history. The Panthers' 19 victories are the most since their record-breaking 22-win campaign in 2001-02. As a team, Middlebury is the second best  rebounding squad in the NESCAC, averaging 44.3 caroms per contest. The Panthers are scoring 67.5 points per game for the season. Junior Maya Davis (Milton, Mass.) leads the team in scoring at 12.6 points per game, while shooting 58.1 percent from the field. Davis also ranks second in the NESCAC in rebounding (7.7 rpg). Senior Colleen Caveney (Lowell, Mass.) is chipping in 11.5 points per game and junior Betsy Knox (Bethesda, Md.) is the second leading shot blocker in the conference with 35 rejections this season.

Bowdoin overcame a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to pull out a 62-58 victory at Middlebury on February 1 in the regular season. The Polar Bears are 3-0 versus Middlebury in the NESCAC Championship. The teams last met in the 2015 quarterfinals with Bowdoin posting an 80-52 victory.

Admission prices will be $6 for adults and $3 for students, seniors and children. Bowdoin students are free with ID. There will be advance sales of tickets from 2:00-5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, in the Athletic Department Office on the second floor of the Peter Buck Center. Remaining tickets will be sold at 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning in the Athletic Department Office. An allotment of tickets will be held for visiting teams, as required by NESCAC Championship guidelines, for purchase on the day of the semifinals. Tickets for Sunday's NESCAC Championship game will be sold following the semifinal games on Saturday. Doors will open to Morrell Gymnasium at 1:00 p.m. Saturday and 11:00 a.m. Sunday.

For fans unable to attend the championship, the Northeast Sports Network will provide live coverage of all games at www.nsnsports.net/conferences/nescac/