PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Lora Trenkle (Surry, Maine) scored 21 points Thursday night to lead Bowdoin College to a 78-71 victory over Plymouth State College in a non-conference women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.
The Polar Bears, ranked sixth in the nation in Division III, improve to 9-1 on the season, while PSC lost for the third straight game and drops to 5-4.
Bowdoin needed to hold off a furious Panther rally to secure the victory. The Polar Bears held their biggest lead of the game (66-52) with just under five minutes left in the game, but saw PSC go on a 17-5 run down the stretch to cut the margin to two points (71-69) with a minute to play. The Panthers were unable to score the tying points, and Bowdoin held on for the win.
Trenkle got offensive support from junior Lindsay Bramwell (Marshfield, Mass.), who scored 12 points, and sophomores Erika Nickerson (Benton, Maine) and Alison Smith (Stockton Springs, Maine), who added 11 points apiece.
The Panthers got another strong performance from senior forward Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.). She hit 10 of her 16 shots to finish with a game-high 23 points. Classmate Whitney Morin (Derby Line, Vt.) contributed 13 points and team-highs of six rebounds and seven assists, and senior Heather Adey (Nashua, N.H.) added 11 points.
Both teams played strong defense, as PSC connected on 45 percent from the field and Bowdoin hit at a 44 percent clip. The visitors had a 39-32 advantage on the boards.
PSC returns to Little East Conference action Saturday with a road game at Western Connecticut (1:00 p.m.). Bowdoin returns home to host Colby next Tuesday (7:00 p.m.).