NESCAC Quarterfinal: No. 1 Bowdoin 96, No. 8 Connecticut College 75

NESCAC Quarterfinal: No. 1 Bowdoin 96, No. 8 Connecticut College 75

Courtesy of Bowdoin Sports Information

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The top-seeded Bowdoin College women's basketball team set a conference tournament scoring record in a 96-75 win over No. 8 Connecticut College in the NESCAC Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon at Morrell Gymnasium.

The Polar Bears (25-0) will host the NESCAC Championship next weekend on Saturday (Feb. 23) and Sunday (Feb. 24) at Morrell Gymnasium. The Polar Bears will play in the semifinals against the lowest remaining seed at 2 p.m. Saturday with the second semifinal scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday's NESCAC title game is scheduled for noon. Connecticut College finishes its year with a record of 13-11.

Game Highlights

  • The teams traded blows in the highest-scoring quarter in NESCAC Tournament history with the Polar Bears jumping to a 13-4 lead, only to see Connecticut College storm back into the contest. Bowdoin owned a slim 26-25 edge heading into the second period.
  • Bowdoin began pulling away in the second quarter, opening the period on an 8-2 surge.
  • The Camels stayed within striking distance, but a Taylor Choate three-pointer keyed a late run by Bowdoin that gave the hosts a 45-36 edge at the break.
  • The Polar Bears scored 51 points in the second half, quickly pushing the lead to double-digits on a Samantha Roy 3-pointer early in the third quarter.
  • Bowdoin maintained a 14-point lead entering the fourth quarter and extended its lead to as many as 26 points in the fourth quarter on the way to the win.

By The Numbers

  • Bowdoin was red-hot from the field, shooting 53 percent for the game, including 57 percent from 3-point range (11-for-19).
  • The Polar Bears set a new NESCAC Championship record for points in a game (96) and in a quarter (26 in both the first and fourth quarters).
  • All five Bowdoin players were in double digits, led by 22 points with three steals from Taylor Choate and 20 points with seven rebounds from Maddie Hasson.
  • Samantha Roy had 18 points and four assists while Abby Kelly (15) and Hannah Graham (10) also reached double figures.
  • Connecticut College was led by 29 points from Sami Ashton, who tied the NESCAC Championship record for points in a game.
  • After a hot first quarter by the Camels, Connecticut College was held to just 38 percent shooting over the final three quarters and turned the ball over 12 times.
  • Bowdoin owned a 40-30 edge in rebounding and cashed in for 15 second-chance points.