Bowdoin tops women's basketball for seventh straight win

Bernadette Connors scored 18 points with five assists and three blocks in Bates' 82-54 loss to Bowdoin on Jan. 2, 2016. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Shannon Brady scored a game-high 19 points and blocked three shots to lead Bowdoin to an 82-54 non-conference victory over the Bates women's basketball team on Saturday in Alumni Gymnasium, the Polar Bears' seventh straight victory.

The game was the in-state rivals' annual non-conference matchup. The teams will meet again in one week, Jan. 9 at Bowdoin in their NESCAC game.

For Bates' (2-7) first-year head coach Alison Montgomery, a 2004 Bowdoin graduate, it was the first time coaching against her alma mater. Meanwhile Bowdoin head coach Adrienne Shibles is a 1991 Bates grad and Montgomery's former boss when she began her coaching career as an assistant at Bowdoin.

Bowdoin (8-2) led nearly wire to wire, wiping away a 3-2 Bates advantage in the game's second minute with a 3-pointer by Lydia Caputi and seizing a 21-9 lead after one quarter. The Polar Bears outscored the Bobcats in all four periods and built their lead to as many as 30 points in the third quarter.

Caputi and Ally Silfen scored 12 points apiece for Bowdoin, which saw 13 players score in the game. Kate Kerrigan had a team-high eight rebounds, leading Bowdoin to a 51-39 advantage on the glass. Bowdoin scored 22 points off of 18 Bates turnovers and outshot Bates from the field .474 to .317.

Junior Bernadette Connors (Windham, N.H.) scored 18 points with five assists and three blocks to lead Bates. Sophomore Nina Davenport (Freeport, Maine) added 13 points and eight rebounds, and sophomore Lyse Henshaw (Brunswick, Maine) scored 10 points with 3-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc. First-year Erika Lamere (Weston, Mass.) grabbed a game-high nine rebounds in just 11 minutes of action from off the bench.

Caputi's three with 7:54 left in the first quarter started a 9-0 Bowdoin run, capped by back-to-back jumpers by Silfen, putting Bowdoin in control with an 11-3 lead just three minutes in. Henshaw stopped the run with a 3-pointer, but Bowdoin continued to build its lead, finishing out the final 26 seconds of the period with another three by Caputi and a layup by Sydney Hancock. 

Bowdoin then scored the first 12 points of the second quarter to complete a 17-0 run for a commanding 33-9 lead with 5:56 left in the half. Bowdoin took a 41-19 lead into halftime and Bates could not close the gap any closer than that over the course of the second half.

Bates will next play a non-league game at Lasell College Tuesday at 7pm.