GORHAM, Maine — Junior forward Haley Jordan had a career-high 18 points to lead three players in double-figures as Southern Maine defeated No. 10 Bowdoin 63-49 in a non-conference game on Tuesday night.
Earning its first win against Bowdoin since 2008, Southern Maine improved its record to 4-2 on the season. The loss is the first of the season for Bowdoin, which fell to 3-1 overall. The Huskies now lead the series between the two schools 31-13.
Jordan was 6-for-10 from the field en route to her career-best 18 points and added nine rebounds, two assists and one steal. Senior guard Nicole Garland added 16 points, five assists and two steals, while junior forward Jordan Grant tossed in 15 points, five rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot. Senior forward Courtney Cochran chipped in with eight points and a game-high 18 rebounds, helping the Huskies to a 42-32 advantage on the boards.
Senior guard Jill Henrikson led the Polar Bears with 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Sophomore forward Anna Prohl added 13 points and seven rebounds off of the bench.
Neither team shot particularly well in the first half. Bowdoin connected on just 8-of-28 (28.6 percent) of its first half attempts and USM had a meager advantage shooting 9-of-28 (32.1 percent). With a 5-5 effort at the free throw line however, the Huskies led Bowdoin 25-19. Jordan scored 10 of her 18 points in the opening half, while Garland added seven.
In the second half, Bowdoin rallied to tie the score up at 27-27 with 17:02 to play outscoring USM 8-2, but the Huskies countered with a 15-5 run to lead 43-32 with 12:53 to play. Garland scored seven of the Huskies 15 points in the run.
Bowdoin did not wilt however and stormed back to take its only lead of the game with a 14-0 run over the next four minutes and forty seconds to lead 45-43 with 8:13 remaining. Henrikson was the Polar Bears’ spark in the running scoring seven of her 16 points.
Trailing 45-43, the Huskies’ Jordan scored in the paint to pull her team even and Cochran scored back-to-back lay-ups to put the Huskies ahead 49-45 with 6:15 as USM went on to ice the game with a 20-4 run in the last eight minutes.