WATERVILLE, Maine – Olivia Gorman made Wesleyan women's basketball history on Saturday afternoon as she became just the 12th Cardinal all-time to score 1,000 career points, recording a team-high 23 in a 92-75 loss at No. 1 Bowdoin College in the regular-season finale.
Gorman is also the first women's basketball player to reach the historic milestone in 10 years. She needed exactly 23 points heading into the game and finished 4-of-7 from 3-point range to help get there. However, with the loss, the Cardinals dropped to 14-10 overall and 4-6 in the NESCAC. The Polar Bears, led by Taylor Choate's game-high 27 points, remained perfect and are now 24-0 and 10-0.
Wesleyan will compete in the NESCAC Quarterfinals next Saturday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. The Cardinals will await the final of the Amherst/Hamilton game Tuesday night to see where and who they will face.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Wesleyan came out strong to start the game and took a 10-4 advantage at the 7:11 mark.
- Roughly four minutes later, the Cardinals extended their lead to eight following a jumper from Caleigh Ryan.
- However, Bowdoin outscored Wesleyan 10-2 in the final 2:33 of the first quarter and a 3-pointer by Samantha Roy with 40 seconds to play evened the game at 19-19.
- Both teams struggled offensively early on in the second quarter as the Cardinals held Bowdoin scoreless for the first three minutes.
- Down the stretch, an 8-0 run by the Polar Bears extended their lead to 11 with 1:56 on the clock.
- Wesleyan responded with five unanswered but a 3-pointer by Hannah Graham put the home ahead 43-34 at the half.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Both offenses were hot in the third quarter as the two teams totaled 54 points with Bowdoin claiming a slight 28-26 advantage.
- Wesleyan got within five several times until a 3-point play by Abby Kelly at the 5:30 mark gave the Polar Bears a double-digit lead, which they would maintain for most of the quarter.
- Gorman hit a jumper with 20 seconds to play to get within nine, but a pair of free throws by Choate put Bowdoin ahead 71-60 after three.
- The Polar Bears essentially put the game away in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter as they opened on an 8-0 run to go ahead by 19 with 7:07 to play.
- Wesleyan was unable to recover from the large as deficit it exchanged baskets the rest of the way.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Gorman was joined in double-figures by Ryan and Tara Berger with 22 and 13 points, respectively. Ryan led the team with eight rebounds and Berger added seven. Chynna Bailey led the team with four assists and Gorman recorded a game-high three steals.
- Five players scored in double-figures for the Polar Bears. Maddie Hasson dropped 19 off the bench, Kelly totaled 17, Graham scored 11, and Roy finished with 10. Kelly led the team with nine rebounds and Cordelia Stewart blocked three shots. Bowdoin had just five assists as a team.