Brunswick, Maine - The Bowdoin College Polar Bears team overcame a ten-point second-half deficit, outscoring the Trinity College Bantams, 20-6, in the fourth quarter, to earn a 76-61 victory on Saturday afternoon in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's basketball action at Morrell Gymnasium on Bowdoin's campus. The loss moves Trinity to 11-5 overall and 2-3 in league action while No. 16-ranked Bowdoin improves to 13-3 on the year and 3-2 in conference play.
Trinity was led by sophomores Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) and Erin Cunningham (Wilton, Conn.) who scored 13 and 12 points, respectively. Junior point guard Aubree Udell (Chester, N.J.) added 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting to go along with a team-high four assists while Bantam rookie Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) dropped in 10 points and pulled down a team-high six boards off the bench. Bowdoin was paced by Lydia Caputi (Brunswick, Maine) who had a game-high 19 points on a 7-for-12 shooting performance, followed by Kate Kerrigan (Wellesley Hills, Mass.) who chipped in 17 points, eight of which came in the fourth quarter, and three blocks. Abigail Kelly (Bombay, N.Y.) added 12 points off the bench for the Polar Bears as well. Bowdoin forced 24 Trinity turnovers which it converted into 32 points en route to the win.
The Bantams started out red hot in the first half as they connected on 58% of their shots from the field to take a 37-32 advantage into the break. Senior co-captain Kaitlin Lewis (Demarest, N.J.) scored six points on a pair of threes in the second quarter to help open up the five-point halftime lead after Trinity found itself trailing, 18-17, after the first quarter.
Cunningham scored five-straight points to open up the third quarter and give the Bantams their largest lead of the game, 42-32, with 8:30 to play in the frame. Bowdoin fought back thanks to eight points each by Caputi and Marle Curle (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) to even the score at 53-53 on an old-fashioned three-point play by Curle late in the quarter. Kelly drilled a triple on the following possession to give the hosts their first lead since the first quarter but the Bantams trimmed the lead to 56-55 at the end of three quarters.
Both teams traded baskets in early going of the fourth quarter before Trinity took a lead on a layup by Kabari with 6:45 to play, but a stingy Polar Bear defense held the Bantams scoreless for the remainder of the afternoon. Bowdoin iced the game on a three-pointer from Kerrigan, followed by a four-point play by Taylor Choate (Nashua, N.H.) with 1:06 remaining to stretch the lead to double-digits in the final minute.
Trinity returns to action on Wednesday when they square off against Smith College at 7 p.m.