Big weekend for Bowdoin sports

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The Bowdoin women’s basketball and men’s hockey teams aren’t about to let the winter sports season come to an end.

The women’s basketball team is off to the sectionals, or Sweet 16, after home wins last week over Salve Regina (74-64) and Mount Saint Mary (61-53).

In the first game, Nicole Coombes led the way with 16 points and five rebounds. Kaitlin Donahoe (13 points, nine assists, seven boards), Amy Hackett (13 points), Colleen Sweeney (13 points) and Alex Barry (10 points, 10 rebounds) also finished in double figures.

Donahoe had a career-high 19 points and 10 rebounds against Mount Saint Mary. Katie Bergeron added 14 points and Ellery Gould had 12.

The Polar Bears (24-5) face Babson Friday at 5 p.m. in Amherst in the Sweet 16. Amherst and Muhlenberg play in the other game immediately afterwards and the winners square off Saturday at 6 p.m., with a berth in the Division III Final Four at stake.

Bowdoin’s men’s hockey squad is off to the NCAA D3 tournament after winning the NESCAC title for the first time, downing Williams, 5-2, in Saturday’s championship game.

The Polar Bears received goals from Nick Wetzel (his first of the season), Daniel Weiniger, Aaron O’Callahan, Ollie Koo and Jeff Fanning and got a 47-save performance from goalie Steve Messina, who was named the NESCAC men’s hockey player of the week for his performance.

Bowdoin (18-7-1) hosted Neumann (Penn.) in a first round game Wednesday. If victorious, the Polar Bears will face Oswego (N.Y.) St. Saturday.

Bowdoin’s Kaitlin Donahoe drives to the hoop during Friday’s 74-64 victory over Salve Regina in the Division III tournament. Donahoe had 13 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

Bowdoin’s Nicole Coombes shoots over a Salve Regina defender during Friday’s opening round victory. Coombes was the Polar Bears’ leading scorer with 16 points.

Bowdoin guard Allie Piscina fades away and shoots a fourth quarter jumper Friday. Saturday, the Polar Bears downed Mount Saint Mary to advance to the Sweet Sixteen versus Babson Friday in Amherst, Mass.