The Middlebury women's basketball team fell by a score of 84-58 in a NESCAC Semifinal game at top-ranked Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers (19-7) will hope for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament when the pairings are announced Monday, while the Polar Bears (26-0) advance to Sunday's championship game.
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 left in the quarter. Middlebury stayed in the game by going on an 8-2 run close out the quarter, closing the gap to 21-14 after 10 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. The Polar Bears forced 15 Panther turnovers, leading to 15 points on the offensive end in the first half.
The Polar Bears pulled away in the second half, leading by as many as 29 points.
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.
Kira Waldman led Middlebury with 17 points, while Maya Davis earned her seventh double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Colleen Caveney finished with 13 points on 6-9 shooting to go along with three steals.
All five Bowdoin starters were in double figures, led by 20 points on 8-9 shooting from Samantha Roy, including four assists and four steals. Taylor Choate added 13 with four steals, while Kelly scored 12 and also had four thefts. Maddie Hasson netted 11 with nine rebounds, while Hannah Gram added 10 with seven boards.
The two teams met earlier this season, with Middlebury giving Bowdoin all it could handle, falling 62-58 at home on February 1.