MEDFORD, Mass. -- Third-seed Bowdoin College relied on a 15-0 run early in the second second quarter to help knock off second-seeded Amherst College women's basketball, 74-60, in semifinal action of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship on Saturday afternoon at Cousens Gymnasium.
Competing in their 13th-straight NESCAC semifinals, Amherst dropped to 22-4 overall and will await the NCAA Selection Show to find out their NCAA Tournament fate. The organization will make the announcement of the 64 teams on Monday, March 2nd at 2:30 PM ET.
Bowdoin, the 2019 NESCAC Runner-Up, improves to 24-2 overall and will advance to the championship game tomorrow at 12:00 PM against top-seed Tufts University.
Following a three-pointer from Cam Hendricks '20 at the 1:57 mark, the Mammoths were up 22-20 before the Polar Bears went on a 15-0 run to pull ahead 35-22 with seven minutes left in the second.
At the half, Hendricks shot 4-6 (66.7%) from the floor to lead the Mammoths with 10 points, while Madeline Eck '20 followed close behind with an eight point mark on 50% shooting. Hannah Fox '20 had a game-high three assists, lending eight points as well.
With a 13-point first quarter, Sela Kay led the Polar Bears at halftime with 17 points on 50% shooting from deep. Bowdoin shot 61.5% from the floor and 66.7% from deep in the first, before a 40% shooting mark in the second.
Scoring the first layup right at the beginning of the third, Fox brought it to within nine points (44-35) but the Mammoths couldn't inch closer despite a pair of consecutive layups from Eck with just over a minute remaining.
At the end of the third quarter, Dorian Cohen corralled a rebound and went right back up with it to beat the buzzer and give the Polar Bears a 59-45 lead heading into the final period of play.
With 4:19 remaining in the game, Hendricks scored a pivotal and-one to cut the deficit to 11 points. However, Samantha Roy answered with a three to put the Polar Bears back on top by 14 points.
Bowdoin expanded their lead to 18 points following a jumper from Roy with under three minutes remaining and Amherst could only come to within 13 as the Polar Bears held out down the stretch to punch their conference championship ticket.
Amherst, who shot 55.6% from the floor in the opening quarter, finished the game shooting 40% and 20% from three-point range. Eck led Amherst with a team-high 18 points on 50% (8-16) shooting, while Shipley and Fox tallied 11 points apiece. Hendricks shot 5-8 for 13 points and reeled in four rebounds.
The Polar Bears shot 91.3% (21-23) from the line as Maddie Hanson notched a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Kay scored a game-high 22 points, while Roy scored 16 points and added four rebounds, three dimes, and three thefts.
Amherst scored 36 points in the paint and 15 points off turnovers, while Bowdoin tallied 16 second chance points.