Thursday, April 24, 2014
Three Maine college women’s basketball teams finished their seasons Friday. One moved on to play Saturday.
In the NCAA Division III women’s basketball tournament first round, Bowdoin defeated Southern Maine 75-68, and Johns Hopkins eliminated the University of New England with a 53-51 decision.
Earlier in the day, in the America East quarterfinals, top-seed Boston University beat No. 8 Maine 52-43.
The Bowdoin-USM match-up was a typical back-and-forth game between these two rivals. Down by seven at halftime, the Polar Bears rallied in the second half.
Tied 58-58 with 5:20 to go, Bowdoin went on a six-point spurt and never surrendered the lead. The Polar Bears had four players in double figures, led by Kaitlin Donahoe’s 20 points. Alexa Barry had nine rebounds.
Bowdoin (20-7) will face the winner of the late Friday game between host Ithaca (23-4) and Elms (20-8), on Saturday night at 7 p.m.
USM finished at 21-7. The Huskies were led by Courtney Cochran (20 points/17 rebounds) and Nicole Garland (17 points).
In Medford, Mass., the UNE (22-6) trailed Johns Hopkins (24-4) 52-51 in the last minute. The Nor’easters had three chances to take the lead, but lost the ball twice and had a shot blocked.
Kelley Paradis led UNE with 20 points. Kelly Coleman added 14. Beth Suggs recorded 10 rebounds.
Johns Hopkins winner will play Saturday against the late Friday night winner between host Tufts (21-6) and Misericordia (17-10).
In Maine’s defeat, the Black Bears (8-23) were led by Courtney Anderson of Greene. She scored a career-high 13 points. Samantha Baranowski added eight points and nine rebounds.
Down 23-16 at the half, the Black Bears rallied to tie the game 32-32, before BU pulled ahead for good.