O'Hern '20 sets team record in NESCAC loss to No. 3 Bowdoin

Carly O'Hern '20 (photo courtesy of www.mckeephotoarts.com)
Carly O'Hern '20 (photo courtesy of www.mckeephotoarts.com)

Bowdoin College scored 31 points in the fourth quarter and the Polar Bears pulled away for an 89-74 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Hamilton's Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Saturday afternoon.

The Continentals (14-8, 4-4 NESCAC) were 12 of 19 from 3-point range and they tied a season high for most 3-pointers made in a game. Hamilton travels to Connecticut College for another conference game on Friday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.

Nationally ranked No. 3 Bowdoin (20-2, 7-2) shot 50 percent from the floor and 87.5 percent (21-24) at the free-throw line. The Polar Bears held a 37-20 advantage on the glass and scored 44 points in the paint.

Carly O'Hern '20 set a team record with eight 3-pointers and tied a career high with 25 points for the Continentals. Four players held the previous mark of seven including teammate Kelcie Zarle '22, who accomplished the feat earlier this season. It was a day O'Hern soon won't forget as she was honored with Mackenzie Aldridge '20 and Marie Steiner '20 before the game during a senior recognition ceremony.

Zarle chipped in 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. Kayla Glemaud '21 dropped in 14 points and Scout Lansing '21 handed out five assists.

Samantha Roy led Bowdoin with 22 points and four assists. Sela Kay made four 3-pointers and finished with 19 points off the bench. Maddie Hasson posted a double-double with 15 points and 12 boards and added four assists and four steals. Moira Train contributed 14 points and Dorian Cohen registered nine points, five blocked shots and three steals.

O'Hern gave Hamilton its largest lead at 6-0 with a pair of 3-pointers early in the first quarter. The Continentals still held a four-point advantage at 19-15 when the Polar Bears went on a 9-0 run and went up 24-19. Bowdoin took a 27-22 lead into the second quarter. O'Hern had nine points and Train led the Polar Bears with eight as Bowdoin shot 58.8 percent in the opening 10 minutes.

The Polar Bears went up by as many as 11 at 35-24 early in the second quarter and owned a 44-37 advantage at the break.

Hamilton wasted no time getting back into the game in the third quarter. Zarle drained a shot from beyond the arc and O'Hern made two more as the Continentals drew even at 46-46 less than three minutes into the second half. Kay nailed a 3-pointer on the next possession but Hamilton responded with two more shots from long range by Zarle and another by O'Hern for a 55-51 lead with 4:58 left. Neither team scored for nearly four minutes but Bowdoin ran off seven points in the final minute and was clinging to a 58-57 edge after three quarters. The Continentals were 6 of 8 from 3-point range in the third.

Liz Arnold '22 opened the fourth quarter with an old-fashioned 3-point play and gave Hamilton its last lead at 60-58. The Polar Bears went up for good after Kay was fouled while shooting a 3-pointer and made all three free throws, and Kay passed to Cohen for a layup. The Continentals were still within two points at 66-64 after a layup by Lansing with 7:15 remaining, but Bowdoin went on a 11-3 run capped by a Roy 3-point play that made it 77-67 with 3:55 to go. Hamilton didn't get closer than seven points the rest of the way. Kay led all players with 12 points in the final quarter. The Polar Bears went 13-for-14 at the line and outrebounded the Continentals 15-1.