|Jessie Igoe '11 scored a team-high 13 points in her final game for Bates. (File photo)|
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bowdoin's Katie Bergeron scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Polar Bears to a 69-51 victory over the Bates women's basketball team in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Championship on Saturday afternoon at Morrell Gymnasium. The third-seeded Polar Bears (21-4) advance to play second-seeded Colby in the semifinals next Saturday at top-seeded Amherst College.
Senior Jessie Igoe (Lexington, Mass.) led the Bobcats with 13 points, while sophomore Taryn O'Connell (Georgetown, Mass.) chipped in with 10 points off the bench. Bowdoin held Bates to just 27 percent shooting for the contest.
Bergeron added six rebounds, five steals and four assists in the win for Bowdoin. Alexa Barry added 13 points while Colleen Sweeney and Nicole Coombes pitched in 10 points apiece.
Tied at 10-10 midway through the opening period, Bowdoin went on a 14-0 run to pad its lead to 24-10 on a Bergeron three-pointer and a pair of Jill Henrikson free throws with 5:30 remaining in the stanza. The Polar Bears forced 17 first-half turnovers and led by double-digits for the remainder of the period, settling for a 33-20 lead at halftime.
The Bobcats came out firing after intermission and went on an 8-2 run, capped by a three-pointer by junior Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.), to trim the lead to seven points (35-28) just three minutes into the second half. Bowdoin replied with a 9-2 flurry that pushed the lead back to double digits, highlighted by a driving lay-in from Bergeron and an Amy Hackett three to take a 48-33 edge with 12:30 to go.
Bates could get no closer than 10 points for the remainder of the game, and the Polar Bears' 18-point margin at the buzzer was their biggest of the contest.
With the win, Bowdoin avenges a 77-56 loss to Bates on January 22 in Brunswick. The Polar Bears had beaten Bates in a non-conference game on January 11 in Lewiston, 67-61.
Igoe finishes her career ranked 32nd on Bates' all-time scoring list with 608 points. Also playing in her final game for the team was fellow senior captain Christine McCall (Lowell, Mass.), who tied Burns for the team lead in rebounding, with eight.
Bates finishes its season with a record of 17-8, the team's highest win total since the 2005-06 season. Bates has posted a winning record in 16 straight seasons under head coach Jim Murphy '69.