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Bowdoin cruises past USM 94-53

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GORHAM, Maine – Taylor Choate led five players in double-figures as the seventh-ranked Bowdoin College Polar Bears defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies 94-53 in a non-conference women’s basketball game Tuesday night at Hill Gymnasium.

Shooting nearly 60 percent from the field, Bowdoin extends its winning streak and improves to 5-0 overall. Southern Maine drops to 0-6 with the loss.

Choate had 14 points, five rebounds, two assists and six steals to lead a balanced Polar Bear attack. Hannah Graham added 13 points and five rebounds off of the bench, while Annie Maher had 11 points. Lauren Petit and Abby Kelly each had 10 points.

Southern Maine freshman Kristen Curley tied for game-high honors with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting adding three rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. Senior Emily Nicholson (Quispamsis, New Brunswick/Kennebecasis Valley) added 12 points, four rebounds and two steals. Sophomore Chantel Eells (Turner, Maine/Leavitt) tossed in seven points and had four assists, two blocks and two steals.

After USM’s Nicholson scored the first points of the game on a driving layup, Bowdoin rattled off 11 unanswered points to lead 11-2 with 6:19 to play in the first quarter and never looked back en route to its victory. The Polar Bears shot an outstanding 58.7 percent (37-for-63) from the field, and 47.4 percent (9-for-19) from three-point range. Southern Maine shot well in each quarter with the exception of the third when they shot just 23.5 percent (4-for-17) , finishing the game shooting 37.7 percent (20-for-53).

Southern Maine is back in action on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) when it starts its Little East Conference portion of its schedule at Western Connecticut State University.

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