BRUNSWICK, Maine – The No. 5/6 Amherst College women's basketball team dropped just its second loss of the season Saturday as it fell to No. 23/24 Bowdoin College on the road in NESCAC action at Morrell Gymnasium, 60-51.
The Jeffs are now 17-2 overall on the year and 4-2 in the NESCAC. The Polar Bears claim their first win over Amherst since the 2009 season and improve to 18-2 and 6-0.
Ali Doswell '17 was the lone Jeff in double figures with 13 points. Hannah Peterson '17 added nine points - all coming on three-pointers. Meredith Doswell '17 led the team in rebounding (7) and assists (3), and scored six points.
Shannon Brady recorded a double-double for Bowdoin as she finished with a game-high 21 points on 10-of-17 shooting and 10 rebounds, while also blocking a pair of shots. She was the lone Polar Bear in double digits as Megan Phelps scored nine points with 11 rebounds and three steals. Sara Binkhorst also pitched in nine points for Bowdoin.
Amherst scored the first four points of Saturday's contest, but the Polar Bears responded with a 10-0 run, capped by a Binkhorst lay-up and foul shot to give Bowdoin a lead they would not relinquish. The Polar Bears continued to connect with their shots while the Jeffs struggled from the field as another surge, this time an 8-0 run, pushed Bowdoin's lead to double digits following a Lauren Petit three-pointer with 9:20 to go in the opening half. Bowdoin would extend its lead to as many as 16 points in the first stanza before settling for an 11-point edge at halftime, 33-22.
The Jeffs could not get any closer than eight points for the remainder of the game. A pair of Jackie Nagle '18 free throws ended an 8-2 spurt for the Jeffs that cut the Bowdoin lead to 45-37 with 8:59 remaining. However, Bowdoin answered with six unanswered as the lead would sit at double figures until the final minute when a three-pointer by Hannah Hackley '18 trimmed the final margin to nine.
The Polar Bears connected on 42.9% (24-56) from the field and hit just two three-pointers in the game. Bowdoin held the Jeffs to just 31% (18-58) shooting from the field as Amherst went 5-of-24 (20.8%) from long range. Both teams connected on 10 free throws and Bowdoin held a 44-33 edge on the glass.
Amherst returns to the court tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 1 and will travel to Colby for a 1 p.m. tip-off.