Zarle ’22 scores 11 as women’s hoops falls at No. 1 Bowdoin

Zarle ’22 scores 11 as women’s hoops falls at No. 1 Bowdoin

Four Bowdoin College players scored in double figures and the Polar Bears posted an 85-51 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Bowdoin's Morrell Gymnasium on Friday night.

Bowdoin (18-0, 5-0 NESCAC) is ranked No. 1 in both the D3hoops.com and Women's Basketball Coaches Association Division III Top 25 polls. The Polar Bears remain undefeated as they shot better than 47 percent from the field, posted a 93.3 free throw percentage and held a 48-30 advantage on the glass.

Kelcie Zarle '22 paced the Continentals (10-6, 0-4) with 11 points and added two steals and two assists. Marie Steiner '20 dropped in nine points, Halie Serbent '19 added eight points and five rebounds, and Liz Arnold '22 contributed six points, five rebounds and two steals.

Bowdoin's Samantha Roy had a game-high 15 points to go with three assists while Maddie Hasson added 12 points and seven rebounds. Taylor Choate had 10 points, four steals, five assists and four rebounds, and Annie Boasberg recorded 12 points and five rebounds off the bench.

The Polar Bears jumped out to a 4-0 lead before back-to-back buckets by Arnold and Serbent tied the score. Roy responded with a 3-pointer at 7:08 and Zarle followed with a layup before Bowdoin scored 11 unanswered points, capped by a Roy layup with 4:10 remaining in the first quarter. Steiner cut Hamilton's deficit to eight points after she banked in a layup, drew the foul and finished the old-fashioned 3-point play on the charity stripe, making the score 20-12 at 2:53.

Bowdoin extended its lead to 11 points at 24-13 and started the second quarter with an 8-1 run. Bowdoin's Roy and Hamilton's Steiner exchanged 3-pointers at 5:30 and 5:13, respectively, making the score 35-20. The home squad outscored Hamilton 12-4 in the final five minutes of the quarter and entered the half with a 47-24 cushion and went on to hold a 65-34 advantage after 30 minutes. Bowdoin's largest lead was a 37-point margin at 85-48 with 1:29 remaining on a layup by Moira Train.

Hamilton returns to the court for another NESCAC game on Saturday, Jan. 26 against Colby College at 3 p.m. in Waterville, Maine.