Foul-Shooting Propels Bowdoin To NESCAC Championship Game With 73-61 Win Over Colby|
February 23, 2001
AMHERST, Mass. - The Bowdoin College women's basketball team used a 16-4 run late in the second half, with 14 of the 16 points coming from the foul line, to defeat Colby College, 73-61, in the second of Friday's NESCAC Tournament semifinals. First-year guard Lora Trenkle (Surry, ME) scored a game-high 22 points for the third-seeded Polar Bears, including an 11-12 performance from the charity stripe.
|First-year guard Lora Trenkle|
scored a game-high 22 points to lift
Bowdoin over their arch-rival
The first half featured close play until the midway point, after which the Polar Bears slowly pulled away with a 9-2 run over a three-minute span. Trenkle capped the run with a lay-up to give Bowdoin a 21-12 lead with 8:26 remaining. After the two teams traded buckets, two made free-throws by Bowdoin tri-captain Lauren Myers (South Boston, MA) would give the visitors their largest lead of the half, 27-16, at the 4:50-mark. The third-seeded White Mules climbed back into the game with a 10-3 run to end the half, sparked by slick passing from sophomore center Sarah Walsh (Catonsville, MD), who picked up two of her four first-half assists during the surge.
Colby came out of the gates fast in the second half, opening with a 7-2 run to take a 33-32 lead 3:55 after halftime. The teams went back and forth until the 10:59-mark, when a three-pointer by Colby guard Jasmine Ashe (Cumberland, ME) gave the team a 41-40 lead, their last of the game. An 11-3 Bowdoin run gave the Polar Bears a seven-point cushion, 51-44, with 7:36 remaining. However, the White Mules would not go away, mounting a 10-4 run on two free-throws by sophomore guard Bianca Belcher (Lewiston, ME) to close to within one, 55-54, with 4:41 to play. But that was as close as the Mules would get, as Walsh, who had team-highs of seven rebounds and seven assists, had to leave the game with 3:20 to go after spraining her left ankle. Bowdoin, the best foul-shooting team in the NESCAC, sealed the victory from the line with the 16-4 run, connecting on all 14 of their attempts during the span.
For Bowdoin, sophomore Kristi Royer (Lewiston, ME) scored 13 of her 19 points in the second half to go along with a game-high eight rebounds, and junior Jessie Mayol (Westbrook, ME) scored 13 of her 16 points in the second half, chipping in six assists and five boards in the win. The Polar Bear trio of Trenkle, Royer, and Mayol scored 39 of Bowdoin's 43 second-half points, including a 21 for 23 half from the charity stripe, part of the Polar Bears' 92 percent effort from the line in the second half. Senior Mandy Cochrane (Arlington, MA) scored a team-best 18 in the loss for Colby, while Belcher was the only other White Mule in double figures, adding 10.
The win gives Bowdoin a 2-1 edge in the season series with Colby, with each team winning on the other's home court during the regular season. The Polar Bears (18-7) advance to Saturday's NESCAC Championship against host Amherst College, who used an 18-2 second half run to rally from a nine-point halftime deficit en route to a 57-53 win over fourth-seeded Bates College earlier in the evening. The winner of Saturday's inaugural NESCAC title game receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, which may be the only chance both teams have to go to NCAAs. It would be Bowdoin's second trip to the tournament, their last coming in the 1998-99 season, while the Lord Jeffs have yet to go to the Big Dance. Colby's 19-7 record should be good enough to earn an ECAC Tournament bid, though those pairings will not be announced until Monday.
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