The women's basketball team began February with mixed results, splitting its two away games against Middlebury and Williams last weekend.

The Polar Bears struggled initially against last-place Middlebury, trailing the Panthers by 12 points at the half. Captain Jill Henrikson '12 led a second-half charge with 16 points, while forward Nicole Coombes '12 came off the bench with 11 points, propelling Bowdoin to a 68-58 win.

Against Williams, which sits tied with Bowdoin for No. 3 in the conference, the frustrations continued and resulted in a 67-55 loss. According to Head Coach Adrienne Shibles, there was a lack of energy in the team's play and some bad shot selection.

While the Polar Bears' play improved in the second half and shots started to fall, their defense lagged behind, and they were unable to slow down the Ephs' offense.

"I don't think we felt enough of a sense of urgency across the board," said Shibles. "I think some of the more seasoned players understood, but every game in February is critical."

"We were getting some good looks and making baskets, but you can't just keep trading baskets," Shibles said. "At some point you have to make defensive stops."

One bright spot was the play of captain Jill Henrikson '12, who was named NESCAC Player of the Week for the third time this season after averaging 22.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game. She was also named to the Team of the Week.

Henrikson is now only 33 points from 1,000 for her career despite missing most of her sophomore season to injury.

Bowdoin (16-6, 5-3 NESCAC) faces formidable opponents in Wesleyan and Connecticut College in its final two games of the season. The Polar Bears tip off against Wesleyan tonight at 6 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m. against Connecticut College.

With a tight conference race—five teams, including Bowdoin and this weekend's two opponents, are currently tied for the No. 3 seed with identical 5-3 NESCAC records—these final two games will be critical in determining seeding for the NESCAC Tournament.

-Compiled by Andrew Park.