Bowdoin Advances To NESCAC Championship With 84-58 Win Over Middlebury

Bowdoin Advances To NESCAC Championship With 84-58 Win Over Middlebury

BRUNSWICK, MAINE - The top-seeded Bowdoin College women's basketball team defeated Middlebury College in the NESCAC Semifinals by a score of 84-58 on Saturday afternoon in a packed Morrell Gymnasium.

The Polar Bears remain perfect at 26-0. The Panthers bow out of the NESCAC tournament at 19-7 and will hope for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament when selections are announced on Monday afternoon. Bowdoin advances to the NESCAC Championship for the first time since 2015 and 11th time overall.

Game Highlights

  • The game began with back and forth scoring, as it was tied 6-6 with 6:18 remaining in the first.

  • The Polar Bears began to pull away as they went on a quick 11-0 run, beginning with a jumper from Abby Kelly, making the score 17-6 in Bowdoin's favor with 3:10 remaining in the quarter. 

  • Middlebury stayed in the game by going on a 8-2 run close out the quarter, closing the gap to 21-14 after ten minutes of play. 

  • Bowdoin outscored Middlebury 22-12 in the second quarter, making an emphasis of pushing the tempo on both ends of the floor and pulling away from the Panthers. 

  • Between the full court pressure of Bowdoin and doubling in the post, the Polar Bears forced 15 Panthers turnovers, leading to 15 points on the offensive end in the first half.

  • Samantha Roy led the Polar Bears with 13 first half points. Taylor Choate's defensive pressure led to four first half steals to go along with 10 points as Bowdoin extended their advantage to 17 points, 43-26 at intermission.

  • The Polar Bears pulled away in the second half, leading by as many as 29 points.

By The Numbers

  • Bowdoin was lights out from the free throw line, shooting a near perfect 20-21 (95.2%).

  • The Polar Bears forced 29 Middlebury turnovers and were able to convert those turnovers into 34 points.

  • Roy led all scorers with a game-high 20 points on 8-10 shooting (4-4 FT's).

  • All five starters for the Polar Bears ended in double figures for scoring. Behind Roy's 20 points, Choate added 13, Abby Kelly scored 12, Maddie Hasson tacked on 11 to go along with nine rebounds and Hannah Graham finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.

  • Middlebury was led in scoring by Kira Waldman, who finished with a team-high 17 points.

  • Maya Davis posted a double-double for the Panthers with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

  • The Polar Bears had their way in the paint, scoring 38 points down low, while only allowing 18 points on the other end.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin will host the winner of Amherst and Tufts on Sunday with a noon-time tipoff for the NESCAC Championship game.