BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Connecticut College women's basketball team battled hard but ultimately dropped a 69-58 decision to No. 1 Bowdoin on Friday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.
After surrendering the first four points of the contest, Connecticut College came screaming back and took a 6-5 lead by getting a pair of 3-point field goals from senior Kylie Caouette (Ashburnham, Mass.). Bowdoin was able to regain the lead when Dorian Cohen put back a miss to make it 11-10, but the Camels took it right back when senior Caroline Pangallo (Fairfield, Conn.) connected from long distance on the very next play. Pangallo also hit a layup in the waning seconds to give the visitors a 17-15 edge through one quarter of play.
Bowdoin, however, caught fire in the second quarter and shot a blistering 69 percent from the field over the 10-minute span to eventually take control of the game. The teams continued a nip-and-tuck battle and were separated by three points or less until Samantha Roy converted a jumper to make it 26-22 with 5:18 left. The Polar Bear lead stretched to as many as nine and stood at seven by recess following a layup by Maddie Hasson.
The Camels did not give up and continued to launch the ball from downtown to stay within striking distance during the third quarter. Senior Margaret Corcoran (Milton, Mass.) opened the scoring by nailing a trey and then closed the gap to 41-36 by dialing up from long distance again with 6:57 on the clock. Unfortunately, Connecticut College went cold from the field for more than four minutes and fell behind by as many as 12 before hitting another field goal. An 8-1 Polar Bear run, which was capped by a Hannah Graham free throw, gave the hosts a 55-42 cushion at the end of the frame. The nation's top-ranked team then led by as many 19 during the fourth to clinch the top seed in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament.
Abby Kelly scored a team-leading 18 points for Bowdoin (23-0, NESCAC 9-0), which had a 49-23 advantage on the glass, and Roy added 16 points, eight rebounds and two steals. Hasson scored 17 points, while Cordelia Stewart finished with seven points, seven rebounds and three blocks.
Pangallo paced Connecticut College with a 20-point effort, which was a career high for the team captain, on 8-of-14 shooting from the floor. She also ended the game with three steals and two assists. Caouette contributed 14 points by most notably sinking four 3-pointers, and Corcoran filled the stat sheet with eight points, eight boards, three steals, two assists and two blocked shots.
Connecticut College (12-10, NESCAC 3-6) will put its season on the line when it wraps up the regular season at Colby tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. The pivotal contest will serve as a play-in game for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament.