Salve Falls in the Opening Round of the NCAA Division III Tournament
BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College women's basketball team used a
balanced attack to defeat Salve Regina, 74-64, in the opening round of
the NCAA Division III Tournament Friday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.
The Polar Bears (23-5) advance to the second round Saturday where they
will face Mount Saint Mary at 7:00 p.m. Salve Regina ends their season
with a record of 25-4.
Nicole Coombes paced the Polar Bears with 16 points and five boards off
the bench while Kaitlin Donahoe posted 13 points, nine assists and seven
caroms. Amy Hackett and Colleen Sweeney each had 13 points and Alex
Barry chipped in 10 points and 10 boards for the hosts. Erin Phillips
led all scorers with 22 points and eight rebounds for Salve Regina. The
Seahawks also received 15 points off the bench from Lindsay Shorey.
Neither team could pull away in a back-and-forth opening half. Phillips
kept Salve Regina close with 11 first-half points, but Bowdoin was able
to use a 7-2 run over the final four minutes of the period to take a
31-25 edge at halftime.
The Polar Bears took command early in the second period, opening the
half on a 14-4, including a trio of three-pointer from Amy Hackett.
Colleen Sweeney nailed a trifecta from the top of the key with 16:09
remaining to give Bowdoin a 45-29 lead and forcing a Seahawk timeout.
The Polar Bears pushed their lead to as many as 22 points on two
occasions before Salve chipped away late to draw within 10 points at the
Bowdoin has now won at least one tournament game in each of the last
eleven seasons, the longest streak in Division III basketball. The Polar
Bears improve to 14-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament games at Morrell
Gymnasium. Donahoe's nine assists tied a Bowdoin NCAA Tournament record,
equaling the nine assists of Katie Bergeron against Western Connecticut
in the 2010 Tournament.
Saturday's meeting will be the first-ever between Mount Saint Mary and
Bowdoin. The Knights will be looking for their first 'Sweet 16' berth in
school history while the Polar Bears will be looking to advance to the
'Sweet 16' for the ninth time in program history. Tickets will be
available for purchase at the door Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. Tip-off
is slated for 7:00 p.m.