21 Little East Conference Championships

No. 1 Bowdoin Defeats Southern Maine

Blais had eight points and four assists against top-ranked Bowdoin.
Blais had eight points and four assists against top-ranked Bowdoin.


BRUNSWICK, Maine –  Sela Kay was 6-for-6 from three-point range for 18 points to lead four players in double figures as the top-ranked Bowdoin College Polar Bears overcame a seven-point first quarter deficit to defeat the University of Southern Maine Huskies 90-55 in a non-conference women's basketball game Saturday night at Morell Gymnasium. 

            With the win, Bowdoin extends its unbeaten streak and is 15-0.  The Polar Bears are ranked no. 1 in both the d3hoops.com and WBCA Division III national polls.  Southern Maine has its six-game win-streak come to an end and is now 9-3 on the season. 

            The Polar Bears were red-hot from the field shooting 59.7 percent (37-for-62) and 52.0 percent (13-for-25) from three-point range. Hannah Graham was 7-for-8 from the field for 15 points, while Samantha Roy added 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.  Taylor Choate rounded out the double-digit scoring for Bowdoin with 13 points. Choate also had seven rebounds and passed out four assists as Bowdoin held a decisive lead in rebounds. 

            Junior Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.) and freshman Victoria Harris (Altus, Okla./Lewiston) each had 11 points to lead Southern Maine. Luckhardt was 4-for-6 from the field and 3-for-4 from the free throw line, while Harris was 4-for-7 from the field with a pair of blocked shots, a steal and two rebounds off of the bench.   Junior Kristina Blais (Lewiston, Maine) had eight points and four assists, while senior Kimberly Howrigan (Fairfield, Vermont/Bellows Free Academy) added seven points.  

            Southern Maine shot nearly 40 percent for the contest (21-of-53) and took care of the ball committing just 12 turnovers, but gave up 20 second-chance points to the Polar Bears.  Bowdoin also converted on the Husky miscues scoring 23 points off of USM's turnovers.  USM scored nine points off of 14 Bowdoin turnovers. 

            Southern Maine hosts Husson University in non-conference action on Monday (6:00 p.m.).  

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