No. 4/5 Bowdoin Comes From Behind to Defeat MIT, 66-40

An action photo of Paula Pieper, facing to the right, playing defense
Photo by Robert Krawitz

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 4/5 Bowdoin College 66, MIT 40

- Records: MIT (1-5); Bowdoin (6-0)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: Bowdoin College outscored the MIT women's basketball team, 27-7, during the fourth quarter, helping it pull away for a 66-40 non-conference win on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Paula Pieper (Greenville, S.C.) paced the Engineers with 15 points, four assists, and three steals. The Polar Bears, who are ranked No. 4 in the D3hoops.com Coaches Poll and No. 5 in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Poll, were led by Samantha Roy, who tallied 20 points, six rebounds, and two steals.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The first quarter was a back-and-forth affair as there were eight lead changes. Trailing 9-8, MIT generated six straight points during the last two minutes. Sophomore Annika Sougstad (Mahotmedi, Minn.) drained a three-pointer and two free throws while Pieper added a free throw to give the Engineers a 14-9 edge.

- MIT carried the momentum into the second stanza as its lead grew to 20-9 at the 6:26 mark. Bowdoin chipped away at the deficit as Roy's fast break layup brought it within 20-18 with just under four minutes remaining. A Sougstad jumper along with Pieper's three-pointer gave the Engineers some breathing room, but the Polar Bears narrowed the gap to 25-21 courtesy of Sela Kay's trey with 44 seconds to go.

- Bowdoin opened the third quarter with an 11-1 run as a three-pointer by Megan Tan gave it a 32-26 advantage. MIT ended its scoring drought when Pieper knocked down a trey with 3:14 on the clock. Roy replied with a three-pointer during the Polar Bears' next possession, but a layup from senior Cindy Si (San Antonio, Texas) made the score 35-31 with 1:01 left. Maddie Hasson sank a layup 20 seconds later, however, two Pieper free throws once again brought the Engineers within four (37-33) with 24 seconds remaining. Bowdoin countered with a Hasson layup right before time expired.

- Pieper drained a layup to open the fourth quarter, keeping MIT within striking distance. However, two free throws by Kay sparked a 16-2 run that put the game out of reach.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Sougstad generated 10 points, seven rebounds, and three steals while senior Alexis Groark (Elwood, N.Y.) hauled in a game and career-high eight rebounds. Si led all players with a career-high four steals to go along with six points, and five rebounds.

- Hasson finished with 17 points, five rebounds, and two steals while Ali Meade chipped in eight points. Dorian Cohen and Anika Helmke both grabbed seven boards as Tan dished out five assists.

- Bowdoin led the way in field goal percentage (43.1 – 27.3), three-point shooting (10-of-30 to 3-of-15), rebounds (47-29), second-chance points (9-1), points in the paint (28-16), and bench points (14-3).

- MIT had the edge in free throws (7-of-12 to 6-of-6) and points off turnovers (16-13).

UP NEXT:

- Both teams will be on the road for their next outings. MIT will travel to Worcester State University on Wednesday, Dec. 4 for a 7:00 p.m. tip off while Bowdoin will return to action the next day at Bates College, also at 7:00 p.m.

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