Semifinal setback for women's basketball

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 26, 2011
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Jules Kowalski

AMHERST, Mass. --- The Colby College women's basketball team could not make it two trips to the New England Small College Athletic Conference title game after falling 79-63 to third-seeded Bowdoin College in a league semifinal Saturday at Amherst College.

Colby, the second seed, is 21-5 overall and will hope for an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament for a second straight year. Bowdoin, which lost to the Mules in the semifinals last year, moves to 22-4 and will take on top-seeded Amherst College in the title game Sunday at noon. Amherst took a 71-64 victory against Williams College in the other semifinal.

Bowdoin used a tournament-record 29 points from Katie Bergeron to earn a third win against the Mules this year.

Colby, which had its eight-game win streak snapped, received 18 points and 11 rebounds from Jules Kowalski. If the Mules do not receive an NCAA tourney bid, Kowalski will end a fine career with 1,021 points and 733 rebounds.

Colby took a 7-4 lead on a pair of free throws by Kowalski, but Bowdoin scored the next 11 points to build a 15-7 advantage with 12:54 remaining in the opening half. The Mules cut their deficit to three points on a trey from Kowalski and again on a free throw by Rachel Mack, but the Polar Bears again responded by going on a 13-1 run that was capped off by a Bergeron three-pointer. Bowdoin led by 15 on three occasions, including with 50 seconds to go after a Bergeron layup, but Kowalski closed the half with a three-point play that made it a 38-26 game.

Bergeron led all players with 16 points in the opening period thanks to 5-of-6 shooting and a 4-for-4 performance at the line, as the Polar Bears shot 59.1 percent from the floor and were 3-of-6 from behind the arc. Kowalski had 10 points and seven boards for the Mules, who shot only 27.3 percent in the opening half.

Amy Hackett took charge to bump Bowdoin's lead to 19 points six minutes into the second period, as the Polar Bears led by at least 12 until Colby's Aarika Ritchie made it a 57-47 game with 8:13 to play. Bowdoin pushed right back with a 7-0 run that was capped by a Bergeron triple from the corner, and the Bears led by double digits the rest of the way.

Bergeron's 29 points bested the previous record of 28, which was set by Trinity's Sarah Cox back in the 2006 quarterfinals. Hackett added 14 points for Bowdoin, while Kaitlin Donahoe '13 had 11. Ritchie finished with 17 points for the Mules, who entered the game leading the NESCAC in rebounding margin but lost Saturday's battle on the glass, 38-29. Karlyn Adler had a team-high three assists and had five points for Colby.

BOWDOIN COLLEGE 79, COLBY 63

BOWDOIN COLLEGE (22-4)

Katie Bergeron 9-13 6-7 29; Amy Hackett 4-10 6-6 14; Kaitlin Donahoe 2-7 6-8

11; Nicole Coombes 3-4 3-6 9; Colleen Sweeney 1-3 2-2 4; Jill Henrikson 1-3

1-2 4; Alexa Barry 1-3 2-2 4; Anna Prohl 1-2 0-0 2; Ellery Gould 1-4 0-0 2;

Alexis Sones 0-0 0-0 0; Kirsten Prue 0-0 0-0 0; Allie Piscina 0-0 0-0 0.

Totals 23-49 26-33 79.

COLBY (21-5)

Julianne Kowalski 6-13 5-7 18; Aarika Ritchie 4-9 7-10 17; Rachael Mack 2-7

6-6 10; Karlyn Adler 1-2 2-2 5; Diana Manduca 2-6 0-1 4; Jacky McLaughlin

1-5 0-0 3; Jil Vaughan 1-5 0-0 2; Kelly Potvin 1-1 0-0 2; Jayde Bennett 1-3

0-0 2; Jen Nale 0-0 0-0 0; Gabrielle Donahue 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-51 20-26

63.

Bowdoin College...............  38  41 -  79

Colby.........................  26  37 -  63

3-point goals--Bowdoin College 7-14 (Katie Bergeron 5-6; Kaitlin Donahoe

1-3; Jill Henrikson 1-3; Ellery Gould 0-1; Amy Hackett 0-1), Colby 5-12

(Aarika Ritchie 2-5; Karlyn Adler 1-1; Jacky McLaughlin 1-3; Julianne

Kowalski 1-1; Diana Manduca 0-2). Fouled out--Bowdoin College-None,

Colby-Jayde Bennett; Diana Manduca. Rebounds--Bowdoin College 38 (Nicole

Coombes 8), Colby 29 (Julianne Kowalski 11). Assists--Bowdoin College 13

(Kaitlin Donahoe 4), Colby 9 (Karlyn Adler 3). Total fouls--Bowdoin College

21, Colby 23. Technical fouls--Bowdoin College-None, Colby-None. A-401

2011 NESCAC Championship
Quarterfinal Round – Saturday, Feb. 19
No. 1 Amherst def. No. 8 Trinity, 57-32
No. 2 Colby def. No. 7 Middlebury, 67-64
No. 3 Bowdoin def. No. 6 Bates, 69-51
No. 4 Williams def. No. 5 Tufts, 69-64 (OT)

Semifinal Round – Saturday, Feb. 26 (@ Amherst)
No. 1 Amherst def. No. 4 Williams, 71-64
No. 3 Bowdoin def. No. 2 Colby, 79-63

Championship Game – Sunday, Feb. 27 (@ Amherst)
No. 1 Amherst vs. No. 3 Bowdoin – 12 p.m.


 
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