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Wesleyan Loses to No. 3 Bowdoin, 88-51

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Tara Berger '19 scored a game-high 15 points on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting while grabbing nine rebounds and blocking five shots but the Wesleyan University women's basketball team lost to No. 3 Bowdoin College in its regular-season finale Saturday, 88-51.

Prior to the start of today's game, the Cardinals honored their three-member Class of 2018—Maddie Bledsoe, Kadijah Mathews, and Maeve Vitale. The trio has played a pivotal role in the team's success this season, in which the Cardinals boast a 16-7 overall record and a 5-5 NESCAC mark to secure the No. 5 seed in the conference tournament. The Polar Bears improve to 23-1 overall and 9-1 in league play to claim the No. 2 seed.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Bowdoin came out hot and jumped out to a 10-0 lead within the first 3:29 of play.
  • Wesleyan used a 7-2 run capped off by a three-pointer from Maeve Vitale '18 at the 4:02 mark to cut the deficit to five (12-7) but it proved to be the closest the Cardinals would get the rest of the way. 
  • A three-point play by Abby Kelly with 00:25 on the clock gave Bowdoin a 24-11 lead after one.
  • The Polar Bears continued to increase their lead in a high scoring second quarter. 
  • Wesleyan got within 15 with 3:32 remaining in the half following a three-point play by Berger, but the visitors eventually took a 51-30 lead into the break.
  • It was all Bowdoin in the second half after outscoring the Cardinals 27-10 in the third quarter to claim 78-40 lead entering the fourth, essentially putting the game out of reach.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Olivia Gorman '19 joined Berger in double-digits with 10 points and Bledsoe added six including a game-high 10 rebounds.
  • Five different players scored in double-figures for Bowdoin as Kate Kerrigan and Hannah Graham led the way with 13 each. Lydia Caputi pulled in a team-high seven boards and Taylor Choate dished out a game-high five assists. She also scored 12 points, grabbed five boards and recorded three steals.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • Wesleyan closes out the regular-season with a 16-7 overall record. The team's 16 wins are the most since the 2007-08 campaign when the Cardinals finished the year with a 17-9 mark.
  • The Cardinals return to the NESCAC Championships for the first time since the 2013-14 season.
  • The No. 5 seeding is Wesleyan's highest since 2007-08 when it earned the No. 3 spot and advanced to the semifinals.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan will play at fourth-seeded Middlebury next Saturday, Feb. 17 in the NESCAC Quarterfinals. Tip-off will be announced shortly.