BOSTON, Mass.—Five different Polar Bears finished in double-figures, to lead #23/23 Bowdoin College to an 83-59 non-conference win over UMass Boston women's basketball.
#23/23 Bowdoin College 83, UMass Boston 59
(UMass Boston 8-12)
(Bowdoin College 15-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Bowdoin led for the final 35 minutes of regulation and outscored UMass Boston in all four quarters.
Lydia Caputi led the Polar Bears with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Taylor Choate tacked on 14 points, while Aly Silfen put up 10 points. Kate Kerrigan filled up the stat sheet with 12 points, five steals and three rebounds and Abigail Kelly tacked on 12 points, five rebounds and three assists.
For the Beacons, Raven Kelsey (Boston, Mass.) and Grace Geary (Falmouth, Mass.) paced the Beacons with 12 points apiece. Senior Taje Burston (Springfield, Mass.) recorded six points, five rebounds and five assists.
Off the bench, Ariana Rivera (Burlington, Mass.) finished with eight points and a team-high four steals in 20 minutes.
The Beacons managed to go back-and-forth with Bowdoin over the opening five minutes. Kelsey and Katie Mathieu (Coventry, Conn.) each hit go-ahead 3-pointers and UMass Boston held four separate leads.
Kelly put the visitors ahead for good at 5:25 with a 3-pointer (12-10) that sparked a 15-2 run to close out the first quarter. The Polar Bears hit three three-pointers and forced five Beacons turnovers during the final 5:25, to earn a 24-12 advantage after one stanza.
Bowdoin stretched their lead out to 18 points at half (46-28), behind seven points in the second quarter from Caputi.
UMass Boston controlled nearly the entire third quarter, only to see the Polar Bears close the quarter with a 7-0 flurry to stretch the lead to 22 points.
In the final stanza, Bowdoin outscored the Beacons 19-17, after pushing their lead out to as many as 26 midway through the quarter. Geary came alive in the fourth, as she scored 12-straight points for the Beacons late in the quarter.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot the Polar Bears from the field and from distance. The Beacons ended the night 46 percent (23-of-50) from the field and 6-of-15 (40 percent) from deep. Bowdoin shot 43.5 percent (30-of-69) from the field and 8-of-21 (38.1 percent) from distance.
- The Polar Bears earned a 13-1 edge in offensive rebounds and a 13-0 advantage in second-chance points.
- With the win, Bowdoin College improved to 2-0 all-time against the Beacons.
UMass Boston will take to the road to take on Rhode Island College on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a key Little East Conference contest.