BRUNSWICK, ME. — The Williams College women's basketball team saw its season come to an end Saturday with a 77-35 loss at No. 3 Bowdoin in the quarterfinals of the 2018 NESCAC Tournament.
Williams finishes its season at 12-13. Bowdoin advances to the semifinals with a 23-1 record.
After the teams traded early baskets, Bowdoin closed out the first quarter on a 18-0 run, leading Williams 22-4 after one period. Bowdoin's 22 points tied the NESCAC tournament record for points in a single quarter. Williams went scoreless for almost eight minutes, which had 16 first half turnovers. But a 7-0 surge by the Ephs brought Williams back to within 20, 36-16, midway through the second quarter. Emily Chang started the run when she was fouled and hit one of two free throw chances. Lydia Zaleski followed a defensive stop with a lay-up. After Chang snared a defensive rebound, Kristin Fechtelkotter knocked down a jumper. The senior then came up with a steal that led to another Zaleski basket.
Kate Kerrigan, who led Bowdoin with 16 points, hit a jump shot with little time left in the first half, giving the hosts a 41-18 lead at the break. The Polar Bears led by as many as 42 points in the second half.
The Polar Bears added 36 points from their bench, including nine from Hannah Graham and eight apiece from Maddie Hassonand Annie Maher. Bowdoin forced 29 turnovers in the game (17 steals), converting those into 31 points.
Williams' Fechtelkotter (six points and six rebounds) and Lydia Zaleski (six points and four rebounds) led the way for the Ephs.