Big Second Half Lifts Bowdoin Past Women's Basketball
February 3, 2012
Bowdoin outscored Middlebury 49-27 in the second half on its way to a 68-58 come-from-behind victory over the Panthers (6-14, 0-7) in Pepin Gym. The Polar Bears (16-5, 5-2) shot 52% from the floor in the second half, holding a 38-29 advantage on the boards in the contest. Middlebury returns to action when they host Colby on Saturday, while Bowdoin visits Williams.
Bowdoin jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Middlebury went on a lengthy 16-4 run to hold a 16-9 lead at the 10:07 mark. Brittany Perfetti and Tracy Borsinger each hit a pair of threes during that time. The Polar Bears came within four at 18-14 on a hoop from Kaitlin Donahoe at the 7:36 mark. Leading 22-16 with 2:52 remaining, the Panthers closed the first half on a 9-3 spurt to take a 31-19 lead into the intermission. Middlebury shot 50% from the floor in the first half, while Bowdoin was 7 of 25 (.280).
The Panthers kept up the pressure early in the second half, holding a 44-33 lead with 14:03 remaining on a hoop from Scarlett Kirk. Middlebury made just two field goals over the next 9:19, seeing Bowdoin go on a game-turning 22-4 run. The Polar Bears took a 55-48 advantage on a three from Jill Henrickson with 3:44 remaining to cap the span.
Middlebury kept the lead in single digits for the final stretch, with a pair of free throws from Donahoe giving Bowdoin a 67-56 lead late.
Borsinger led the Panthers with 15 points, Perfetti added 13, Kirk netted 12, while Maddie Moreau had eight points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Bowdoin was paced by 18 from Amy Hackett, followed closely by Henrikson with 17 and Nicole Coombes, who scored 15. The Bowdoin bench outscored Middlebury’s 20-6 on the night.