BRUNSWICK, Maine – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's basketball team met its biggest challenge so far in No. 17-ranked Bowdoin, as the Polar Bears rode 10-plus point performances from four of their starters to a 91-53 victory on Thursday night.
Score: Bowdoin 91, UMass Dartmouth 53
Records: Bowdoin (6-0, 0-0 NESCAC) | UMass Dartmouth (3-2, 0-0 LEC)
How it Happened
The Polar Bears got out to a fast start, outscoring the Corsairs 28-18 in the first quarter of action despite Corsair sophomore Ashley Brown (Fairhaven, Mass.) knocking down a pair of 3-pointers in the opening stretch. It would be the most points scored in a quarter by UMass Dartmouth on the evening.
In the second, the Corsairs came out strong with five quick points from senior Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) to trim the gap to 28-23. After a 7-6 Bowdoin run, the host called a timeout with 5:09 left until halftime. Out of the break, the Polar Bears controlled a 12-6 drive as senior Kate Kerrigan (Wellesley Hills, Mass.) dropped in four of her 10 points to help sustain the run and take a 12-point lead into the locker room.
Bowdoin controlled the momentum in the game from the opening possessions of the second half as Taylor Choate (Nashua, N.H.) quickly got another run started with four consecutive points, sparking a 17-4 run to increase the lead to 64-39. With 2:23 left in the third, junior Nakira Examond (New Bedford, Mass.) and senior Alicia Kutil (Franklin, Mass.) had a string of seven unanswered points to control a 7-5 Corsair run to conclude the quarter.
In the fourth, Bowdoin had its best defensive quarter of the game, holding UMass Dartmouth to just eight points while Choate, Kerrigan, and Lauren Petit (Medfield, Mass.) combined for 13 on the offensive end to keep the margin out of reach.
Inside the Numbers
- Kutil and Brown finished as the highest-scorers for UMD with 14 and 12, respectively, with Kutil chipping in a game-high 14 rebounds for her first double-double of the season.
- UMass Dartmouth was out-rebounded for the first time on the season, with the Polar Bears controlling a 42-37 advantage on the glass.
- Bowdoin's defense forced the Corsairs into 31 turnovers while scoring 35 points off of miscues.
- Thursday marked the first-ever meeting between UMass Dartmouth and Bowdoin in women's basketball.
The Corsairs open the Little East Conference schedule on Saturday when they travel to Plymouth State for a 1:00 P.M. tilt.