February 7, 2011

The Middlebury College women’s basketball team saw Rachael Mack have a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds and teammate Jules Kowalski finish with 13 points and five assists as  Colby picked up an 81-60 victory over Middlebury in NESCAC play Friday night at Wadsworth Gymnasium.

Kelly Potvin added 12 points and eight boards off the bench for the Mules, Jacky McLaughlin had 11 points, and Aarika Ritchie finished with 10 for Colby. Diana Manduca added eight points and seven assists for the winners.

Rookie Scarlett Kirk (San Francisco, Calif.) had 13 points on 5-7 shooting to lead Middlebury. Junior Stephany Surrette (Worcester, Mass.) and sophomore Tracy Borsinger (Chatham, N.J.) both had 10 points, while junior Maddie Moreau (Canton, N.Y.) dished seven assists and had seven points.

The Mules used their size advantage to open up a 40-28 lead at halftime and had a 38-26 rebounding advantage. Colby shot 57 percent from the field and was a red-hot 60 percent (9-15) from three-point range.

Middlebury ran into a hot shooting Bowdoin team, as the Polar Bears shot 56% from the floor on their way to a 93-60 win. The Polar Bears have won 13 straight overall against the Panthers dating back to 1999-00 and improve to 18-4 (4-3 NESCAC). The Panthers fall to 12-7 (2-5 NESCAC) with their fourth straight defeat.

On Senior Day at Morrell Gymnasium, Bowdoin was paced by a season-high 24 points from senior captain Katie Bergeron on 8-10 shooting from the field. Amy Hackett netted 13 points off the bench while Alex Barry added 11 points and nine rebounds. Kirk led Middlebury with 15 points off the bench with senior Lauren Sanchez (Seattle, Wash.) adding 12.

The Polar Bears hit five three pointers in the opening half en route to a 27-point lead at the break. Trailing 4-3 in the early going, Bowdoin used a 16-4 run over a five minute span and, later in the half, went on a 19-3 surge to push their advantage to 38-13 with 4:30 to go in the period. Katie Bergeron sparked the team with a perfect 5-5 performance from the field in the opening stanza as the Polar Bears held Middlebury to just 22% shooting while forcing 11 turnovers. Bowdoin continued its hot shooting in the second stanza and led by as many as 35 points on its way to victory.

Bowdoin forced 20 turnovers and converted them into 28 points. The Polar Bears held a 35-30 edge on the glass and held the Panthers to 34% shooting for the game, including 1-13 from three-point range.
• Women’s basketball record: 12-7
• Up next: 2/7 vs. Albany Pharmacy – 7:00 2/11 vs. Amherst – 8:00, 2/12 vs. Trinity – 4:00