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Women's hoops comes back, falls short vs. #16 Bowdoin

Christine McCall '11 grabbed a game- and career-high 12 rebounds in Bates' narrow loss to Bowdoin.
Jessie Igoe '11 scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

LEWISTON, Maine -- Jill Henrikson scored 13 of her game-high 16 points in the first half as No. 16 nationally ranked Bowdoin took a 39-26 halftime lead and held off the Bates College women's basketball team's second-half comeback for a 67-61 non-conference win on Tuesday at Alumni Gym.

Henrikson added eight rebounds and three assists for Bowdoin (12-1), which won its 12th straight game while ending Bates' four-game winning streak. Kaitlin Donahoe and Amy Hackett added 10 points apiece while Nicole Coombes grabbed 11 rebounds, helping the Polar Bears to a 42-37 edge on the glass.

Bates junior Kelsey Flaherty (South Portland, Maine) led the Bobcats (11-3) with a career-high 15 points, while sophomore Allie Beaulieu (Swampscott, Mass.) chipped in 11 points and Jessie Igoe added 10 points and seven boards. Senior Christine McCall (Lowell, Mass.) grabbed a game- and career-high 12 rebounds, and junior Lauren Dobish (Chambersburg, Pa.) passed out a game-high six assists.

Bowdoin jumped out to a 16-5 lead over the first 6:23 of the game, on the strength of a pair of putbacks by Coombes and three-pointers by Henrikson and Donahoe. Henrikson canned back-to-back threes at the 10:39 and 9:19 marks, extending the lead to 15 (26-11), and another three by Amy Hackett put Bowdoin on top 35-17 with 5:20 left. Bates outscored Bowdoin 9-4 over the final five minutes to head into the locker room at a 13-point disadvantage.

A layup by Igoe and a three by sophomore Taryn O'Connell (Georgetown, Mass.) cut Bowdoin's lead to 41-31 early in the second half, and the Bobcats continued to whittle at Bowdoin's lead, cutting it as low as 48-41 with 12:42 left in the game. The Polar Bears punched back with a 9-2 run to build the lead back to 14 (57-43) with 8:25 left, and another Henrikson three made it 62-47 with 5:40 to play.

Bates made a final run at Bowdoin, scoring nine unanswered points with three-pointers by Flaherty and Beaulieu and a layup by Dobish, cutting it to 62-58 with 28 seconds left in the game. Bowdoin's Colleen Sweeney and Hacket combined to hit 5 of 6 foul shots in the final 23 seconds to ice the win, offsetting another three by Flaherty.

The teams will meet again for their NESCAC matchup on Jan. 22 at 4 p.m. at Bowdoin. Bates opens NESCAC play on Friday at 8 p.m. against Williams. The game can be followed via Live Stats and Live Video Webcast.

BOX SCORE: Bowdoin 67, Bates 61