Second-ranked Bowdoin (17-0, 4-0) held a 49-33 rebounding advantage on its way to an 80-61 win over Middlebury (12-5, 1-3) Saturday afternoon. The Panthers return to action next Saturday when they visit Williams for a 3:00 p.m. game.
Middlebury jumped out to a 6-0 lead behind a pair of threes from Reagan McDonald. Bowdoin scored the next 11 points to go up 11-6 at the 3:05 mark of the first quarter, before taking an 18-12 lead into the second session.
The advantage grew to as many as 12 before a 6-0 spurt by the Panthers at the 2:16 mark made it a 28-23 game with 1:21 remaining. The teams exchanged four buckets as the Polar Bears took a 32-25 lead into the break.
The hosts scored 12 of the first 14 points in the third quarter, extending their advantage to 44-27 with 4:53 showing on the clock. Middlebury cut the margin to 14 (46-32) on a three from Kira Waldman, but Bowdoin led 56-39 after 30 minutes of play.
The Panthers tried to get back in the game during the final quarter, but the Polar Bears made 9-13 shots to secure the 80-61 victory.
Maya Davis finished with 21 points and eight rebounds, while Waldman scored 13 to go along with six rebounds and six assists. McDonald finished with 11 points, while Betsy Knox had 10 points, seven rebounds and four steals.
Ali Meade led all scorers with 19 points on 7-10 shooting, while Maddie Hasson netted 15. Samantha Roy and Sela Kay added 14 points apiece, with Roy grabbing seven boards and dishing out eight assists.