Women’s hoops put scare into #20 Bowdoin in 70-65 loss

Women’s hoops put scare into #20 Bowdoin in 70-65 loss

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bowdoin College sophomore Shannon Brady scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Polar Bear women's basketball team survived a scare from the University of Maine at Farmington, 70-65, on Wednesday evening.

UMaine-Farmington fell to 3-5 on the season, while Bowdoin, ranked 20th in this week's USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll, remain unbeaten at 9-0.

Brady's third double-double of the season paced the Polar Bears as her 29 points were the highest by a Bowdoin player since Katie Bergeron scored 29 against Colby in February of 2011. She was joined in double figures by Marle Curle, who scored 12 of her 16 points in the second half, and 15 from Sara Binkhorst.

The Beavers were led by freshman Kennadi Grover with 17 points, largely on 7-of-9 shooting from the field. Sophomore Ayla Allen had 14 points and 11 rebounds for UMaine-Farmington, while junior Lindsay Ranquist also had 14 in the loss.

Both teams struggled in the opening half, as Bowdoin shot 26.8%, including 0-14 from three-point range, while UMaine-Farmington committed 14 turnovers and went 0-5 from long-distance. Neither team could pull away as the game entered halftime tied at 27-27.

The Beavers took a two-point lead, 39-37, following a running lay-in by Ranquist with 12:23 to go. Bowdoin took the lead for good with a 10-0 run, sparked by six points from Curle, who nailed a three-pointer and ended the run with a three-point play to give the hosts a 47-39 edge with 9:38 on the clock.

Bowdoin was able to extend its lead to 11 points, 55-44, following a Binkhorst three-pointer with 7:23 left, but the Beavers wouldn't go away.

UMaine-Farmington got as close as five points on five occasions, including with 1:54 to play. Trailing 65-60, the Beavers had an offensive possession to cut into the lead further, but their 28th turnover of the night led directly to a Megan Phelps lay-in that made it a seven-point game, 67-60 with a minute to go.

Farmington senior Holly Oliver's 3-pointer before the buzzer cut the final margin to five points, 70-65.

The Beavers shot 49% for the game, but turned the ball over 29 times, leading to 24 points for Bowdoin. The Polar Bears hit on just 34.6% for the game, but took advantage of 23 offensive rebounds to score 24 second-chance points in the win.

UMaine-Farmington closes out the fall portion of its slate on Saturday, Dec. 14, when it travels to Boston to face Wentworth in a 2:00 p.m. tip-off.