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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Dec 31, 2014 5:49 am

MIT shoots past women's basketball at Bowdoin tourney, 84-71

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- MIT shot 64 percent from the field en route to a 84-71 victory over the Bates women's basketball team on Tuesday afternoon in the opening game of the 2014 Coastal Maine Classic hosted by Bowdoin College.

The Engineers improved to 5-5 while the Bobcats fell to 6-4.

Sabrina Drammis led the way for MIT with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Maya Ramachandran scored 20 points with nine caroms and two blocks while Liana Ilutzi (15) and Osheiza Otori (13) also saw double figures.

Bates was paced by 19 points from senior captain Molly Brown (South Dartmouth, Mass.), while sophomore Allie Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) had her fourth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

First-year forward Nina Davenport (Freeport, Maine), a recent transfer to Bates, scored 14 points in her collegiate debut, while sophomore Bernadette Connors (Windham, N.H.) also notched 14. Junior Chelsea Nason (Boxford, Mass.) and also scored in double digits with 10 points. Senior Kristin Calvo (South Deerfield, Mass.) handed out seven assists for the Bobcats.

Only three reserves saw playing time, including Davenport and first-year guards Emily Freedland (Marblehead, Mass.) and Jackie Welch (Brunswick, Maine), who made her collegiate debut after missing Bates' first nine games due to illness.

The Engineers were red hot from the field, connecting on 74% of their shots in the opening frame. The Bobcats were able to stay within striking distance, however, as they forced 10 MIT turnovers and connected on five three-pointers to trim the lead to just 41-39 at intermission despite hitting on just 37% of their field goals.

MIT finally was able to shake Bates early in the second half with an 11-2 run, capped by 3-pointer from Ilutzi with 9:38 to go that made it 65-54. Coppolla trimmed the MIT lead to six points, 71-65, on a pair of free throws with six minutes to go, but that was as close as the Bobcats would get. MIT quickly pushed the lead back to double figures with a 4-0 surge and pushed the final margin to 13 points.

Action will continue tomorrow at Bowdoin as Bates will play Clark University at 2pm.
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Re: Bates basketball - women

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:14 am

Middlebury cools off women's hoops in NESCAC opener, 65-56

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Senior Molly Brown scored 19 points and sophomore Allie Coppola added 16 points and 16 rebounds, but it wasn't enough for the win, as the Bates women's basketball team fell 65-56 in its New England Small College Athletic Conference opener Friday night at Pepin Gym, snapping a three-game winning streak.

Elizabeth Knox (21), Alexis Coolidge (16), and Sarah Kaufman (14) accounted for 79 percent of the Panthers' scoring in the game.

Bates (9-5, 0-1 NESCAC) will host Trinity next Friday at 7pm and Amherst next Saturday at 3pm. Middlebury (8-4, 1-0) returns to conference play on Sunday, hosting Tufts at 3pm.

After a jumper from Siobhan O'Sullivan at 15:51 gave Middlebury a 9-2 lead, the Bobcats rattled off four three-pointers, countered by a pair of Panther lay-ups, giving the visitors a 15-13 lead at 13:16 left in the first half. Bates junior Chelsea Nason (Boxford, Mass.) knocked the first of the long-balls down from the right wing and was fouled on the play. After Nason converted the rare four-point play, she nailed another three-pointer, tying the game at 9-9. Brown (South Dartmouth, Mass.) followed with two threes that bookended a Knox lay-up for the 15-13 lead.

Over the next nine minutes of play the Bobcats went ice-cold, hitting just 1-of-16 from the floor as Middlebury went on an 18-2 run. Coolidge netted six points and Kaufman added five, including a three-pointer off a Coolidge assist. Trailing 31-17, Bates sophomore Bernadette Connors (Windham, N.H.) hit a jumper at 4:16 before Kaufman gave the Panthers their largest lead of the game (34-19), sinking a three-pointer at 3:18.

Bates found its shooting touch to close out the half, going on a 9-0 run, highlighted by five points from senior Kristin Calvo (South Deerfield, Mass.), cutting the deficit to 34-27 with just over a minute to play. Coolidge and Brown exchanged baskets in the final minute of action, setting the halftime score at 36-29.

Bates opened the second half with a Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) layup, narrowing the Panther lead to 36-31. The Panthers bumped their advantage to 47-37 at the 10:52 mark on a trey from Knox. Brown answered with a three of her own, before Kaufman and Knox hit back-to-back buckets for a 51-40 lead at 8:46.

Middlebury's lead hovered in the seven- to 12-point range for the remainder of the game. In the final minute, the Bobcats sent the Panthers to the charity stripe, where Middlebury hit 4-of-5 to maintain its lead.

Knox led all scorers with 21 points on 9-17 shooting, including 3-4 from behind the arc. Coolidge's 16 came on 6-12 from the floor, while Kaufman grabbed a career-best 14 rebounds to go with her 14 points. O'Sullivan added four assists and three steals to her six points and 11 rebounds.

Bates was paced by Brown's 19 points, highlighted by four 3-pointers, and seven rebounds. Coppola had her sixth double-double of the season, as well as four steals, while Nason finished with seven points and a game-best four blocks. Connors passed out a game-high five assists in addition to seven points and six boards.
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Re: Bates basketball - women

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Jan 17, 2015 11:14 am

Trinity Comes Back In Second Half To Win At Bates In Women's Basketball

Lewiston, Maine - Emily Llerena (New Milford, Conn.), Mackenzie Griffin (Stamford, Conn.) and Taylor Higgins (Merrick, N.Y.) combined for 51 points on 68 percent field-goal shooting to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 67-64 victory over the Bates College Bobcat women's basketball team this evening in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action.
The visiting Bantams improve to 5-9 overall and 1-2 in the NESCAC with their first win in three games, while BAtes falls to 9-6 overall and 0-2 in the league. Bates hosts Amherst on Saturday at 3 p.m. Trinity plays at Tufts Saturday at 3 p.m.

Llerena had 11 rebounds in addition to her game-high 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Griffin shot 7-for-10 from the floor and scored 17 points, including 12 in the second half as the Bantams overcame a 37-28 halftime deficit. Higgins added 16 points on 8-of-13 shooting, to go with a team-high four assists. The Bantams won despite committing 26 turnovers, 18 of them in the first half. Allie Coppola had 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Bernadette Connors chipped in 14 points to lead the Bobcats.

After some initial struggles to maintain possession for both teams, Bates began to hit its offensive stride in the first half with first-year players Jackie Welch and Nina Davenport leading the way. Welch scored eight points in the opening stanza while hitting 3-of-4 shots, 2-of-3 from behind the arc. Davenport came off the bench and made 3-of-5 shots for seven points. For Trinity, Llerena and Higgins both had 10 points in the half.

The Bantam defense took control in the second half, holding Bate to 35.3 percent shooting from the floor , including 14.3% from three-point territory (2-14). Trinity's field,-goal shooting rose from 52.2 percent in the first half (12-23) to a 63 percent in the second half (17-27). Bates led, 48-40, before Higgins wove through the lane for a layup to start a 16-6 Trinity run which gave the Bantams their first lead since 6-4, at 56-54 with 10:09 left. Griffin knocked down a jumper and made two layups in the run. Bates first-year Lyse Henshaw banked in a jumper in the lane to tie the game for the final time at 58-58, but Griffin hit a jumper and junior guard Alexa Menard (Wallingford, Conn.) followed with a layup for a 62-58 lead with 5:48 left.

Coppola's layup closed it to 62-60, but Llerena scored underneath and a free throw by Menard opened up a 65-60 edge. Coppola's nice feed to Connors for a layup closed the gap to 65-62, and Connors returned the favor with 1:30 to play, with a Coppola layup making it a one-point game at 65-64. The teams traded turnovers before Higgins assisted Griffin on a layup with 29.6 seconds left in the game, providing the final margin. After a struggle to find an open look at a three-pointer, Connors was blocked on a would-be game-tying three with 10 seconds to go, but the ball went out of bounds and Bates maintained possession. Trinity's lockdown defense again prevented Bates from getting a good look at a three, and the Bobcats settled for a desperation step-back three-point attempt by Welch that missed at the buzzer.
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Re: Bates basketball - women

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:35 am

No. 3 Amherst too much for women's hoops team

LEWISTON, Maine -- No. 3 nationally ranked Amherst College returned to the winning column after a one-game interruption, dealing the Bates College women's basketball team its worst defeat of the season, 82-47, in New England Small College Athletic Conference action on Saturday in Alumni Gym.

The visiting Jeffs improved to 15-1, 3-1 in NESCAC play, following Friday night's loss at Tufts. Bates, playing without injured senior standout Molly Brown for the second straight game, dropped to 9-7 overall and 0-3 in conference.

Ali Doswell led four Jeffs in double figures with 17 points, to go with five rebounds and four assists. Hannah Peterson scored 15, Marley Giddins added 14 and Hannah Hackley scored 10 points with four assists. Meredith Doswell led Amherst with five assists and three steals.

Sophomore Allie Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) paced the Bobcats with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists, while sophomore Bernadette Connors (Windham, N.H.) chipped in 10 points. First-year Nina Davenport (Freeport, Maine) contributed nine points, four rebounds and three steals, in perhaps her best game to date.

Amherst made 50 percent of its shots from the field (33-66) and 43.5% from beyond the three-point arc (10-23).

The Jeffs were particularly dominant in the first half, shooting 55.6% overall (20-36) and 50% from three-point territory (7-14). Meanwhile they limited Bates to 30.8% shooting (8-26), including 0-for-6 on three-point attempts, and also outrebounding the Bobcats 21-11 en route to an insurmountable 49-19 lead at intermission. Ali Doswell scored 17 points in the first half, making 7-of-9 shots, and Peterson had 15 at the break on 6-of-8 shooting. Coppola had 13 of Bates' 19 points in the opening half.

Ali Doswell and Peterson made back-to-back threes at 15:03 and 14:28 of the first half, assisting each other on the two hoops, as Amherst opened the game with a 20-2 lead in less than six minutes. Late in the period, Ali Doswell and Peterson bookended a Coppola layup with two more threes for a 32-point lead, at 49-17. Bates sophomore Alexa Goldman (Swampscott, Mass.) made two free throws before the break to close it to 49-19.

Amherst continued to make its threes to start the second half, making any comeback attempt futile on Bates' part. Taylor Smith and Hackley drained treys that sandwiched a Connors jumper for a game-high 42-point Amherst advantage, with 12:07 left in the game, at 68-26.

Bates then went on a 14-6 run to cut it to 74-40, after Connors completed a three-point play with 7:50 on the clock. Davenport made back-to-back hoops in the run, which first-year Emily Freedland (Marblehead, Mass.) kick-started with a 3-pointer.

Bates will next play at Tufts on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 3pm.
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Re: Bates basketball - women

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:42 am

Davenport scores 29 points in women's hoops loss at Wesleyan

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Wesleyan University had no answer for Bates first-year forward Nina Davenport, who poured in 29 points, more than doubling her season high, but the Bates women's basketball team still fell 69-56 at Wesleyan University on Friday night.

Bates (9-9, 0-5 NESCAC) visits Connecticut College (13-5, 3-2) on Saturday at 3pm.

After breaking a 4-4 tie with a three-pointer from Danielle Gervacio with a 16:04 left in the first half, Wesleyan (8-9, 1-4 NESCAC) led the rest of the way. The Cardinals extended the shot into a 9-0 run for a 13-4 advantage. Bates never got closer than six the rest of the evening, as Wesleyan led by 11 at halftime, 36-25, after leading by as many as 16 (32-16) in the first half. The game's largest edge came with eight minutes to play at 17 (56-39).

A 14-4 Bobcat burst in the second half trimmed the deficit to seven (60-53) with 3:21 left as Davenport sank a pair of free throws. But the Cardinals netted nine of the final 12 points for the 13-point triumph.

Wesleyan had five players reach double-digits in scoring led by Jess Cherenza with a double-double as she picked up 15 points on 7-for-11 shooting along with 15 rebounds. Also with a double-double off the bench in 18 minutes of action was Brenna Diggins (10 points, 10 rebounds). Kaylie Williams added 14 points, going 6-for-7 from the field, and collared seven rebounds while Jackie Browne had 11 points. Gervacio finished the game with 10 points and seven assists.

Bates got a double-double from sophomore Allie Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.), who posted 14 points and 14 caroms, both above her averages of 10.9 and 11.3, respectively. Senior Kristin Calvo (South Deerfield, Mass.) and sophomore Bernadette Connors (Windham, N.H.) both dished out five assist for the Bobcats.
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Re: Bates basketball - women

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:05 pm

Connecticut College pulls away from women's hoops in second half

NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Jenna Lovett posted a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Connecticut College to a 74-47 triumph over the Bates College women's basketball team at Luce Field House Saturday.

Lovett was 4-for-6 from the field and 7-for-8 at the charity stripe. She also finished with three blocks.

The Camels improved their record to 14-5 and moved to 4-2 in the NESCAC. Bates slipped to 9-10 with the setback and is still winless in conference action (0-6).

Liz Malman poured in a team-high 20 points while adding seven rebounds and three assists for the winning side. Mairead Hynes finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds en route to a double-double of her own. Carlee Smith had 10 points and five assists in a 5-for-7 shooting performance.

The Bobcats were paced by first-year forward Nina Davenport (Freeport, Maine), who scored 22 of her game-high 25 points in the first half, a day after netting a career-high 29 points against Wesleyan. Davenport added five rebounds in the loss and was 11-for-22 from the field.

Sophomore Allie Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) finished with eight points and 13 rebounds to go with five assists in the contest, while junior Chelsea Nason (Boxford, Mass.) added seven rebounds.

Malman vaulted the Camels out to a 30-22 advantage when she knocked down a jumper with 3:44 remaining in the first half. But Davenport answered back with the next two hoops for the Bobcats, trimming the deficit to 30-26 with a steal and bucket in transition with 2:50 to play.

With 42 seconds left, Davenport converted another field goal to provide the visitors with their first lead, 33-32. But Willa McKinley closed out the half with a basket for the Camels and the hosts carried a 34-33 advantage into the break.

Connecticut College took control in the second stanza with a lethal 25-to-0 run over 10:15 of action.

Malman converted a field goal in transition to make it a 58-37 contest with 7:14 remaining. Then, with 6:54 to go, Malman helped lead the Camels on a 2-on-1 break with a steal and dish to Smith, who banked one in to close out the torrid scoring surge and put the Camels in complete control with a 60-37 cushion.
Connecticut College converted at an 85% clip from the charity stripe, netting 17-of-20 shots. The hosts enjoyed a 45-to-36 advantage on the boards.

Bates will resume play with a 7pm NESCAC game at Williams College on Friday.
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Re: Bates basketball - women

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:57 am

Women's basketball falls on the road at Williams

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Playing at full strength for the first time in two months, Williams College got at least one point from all 12 of its players, defeating the visiting Bates women's basketball team 71-37 on Friday night at Chandler Gym.

The Ephs (17-4, 5-2 NESCAC) held the Bobcats (9-11, 0-7 NESCAC) to 13 points in the second half on 4-of-27 shooting (14.8 percent) from the field. Williams moved into sole possession of fourth place in the NESCAC with its fifth win in a row over Bates, dating to the 2010 conference quarterfinals.

No Eph scored more than 10 points, a mark reached by both Devon Caveney and Amanni Fernandez. Bates' Nina Davenport led all scorers with 14 points.

Fernandez played a big role in staking the Ephs to a 15-point lead at halftime, twice stealing passes after failed Williams possessions and converting them into easy buckets. She also found Caveney wide open on the wing for a three pointer to open the scoring for the evening, and, along with Ellen Cook, kept the Ephs' offensive tempo high after each of the Bobcats' 13 first-half turnovers.

On the defensive end, the Ephs forced the Bobcats into launching a flurry of unfavorable three-point attempts. On the occasions that they were able to generate chances in the paint, Allie Coppola and Davenport were able to provide a deft finishing touch. But while the Bobcats out-rebounded the Ephs 21-14 in the half, just three of those were offensive boards, a reflection of the rotating contributions the Ephs got at the post from Katie Litman, Oge Uwanaka and Kellie Macdonald.

The Ephs quickly put the game out of reach in the second half, extending their lead to 21 when Uwanaka collected a pass from Macdonald and finished a drive down the lane to make the score 47-26. Kristin Fechtelkotter collected 11 (nine defensive) rebounds in just 12 minutes in the period, buoying the Ephs to a reversal of their first-half deficit in that category. Lydia Zaleski scored nine points in 12 minutes of her own off the bench during the half.

Bates plays at Hamilton on Saturday at 2pm in its fifth straight road game. The Bobcats are looking for their first conference win and their first victory in the six games since injured leading scorer and captain Molly Brown was lost for the remainder of the season.
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Re: Bates basketball - women

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:58 am

Women's hoops nipped 60-54 at Hamilton

CLINTON, N.Y. -- Hamilton College ended the game with a 7-0 run and the Continentals rallied for a 60-54 NESCAC win against the Bates College women's basketball team at Hamilton's Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Saturday afternoon.

Bates sophomore Allie Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) gave Bates its last lead at 54-53 on a layup with 3:45 left. After four missed shots by the Continentals (11-10, 2-6 NESCAC) and two turnovers by the Bobcats, Kate Bushell put Hamilton in front for good on a basket in the paint with 1:46 remaining. In the second half alone, there were four ties and six lead changes.

Bates (9-12, 0-8) had ample opportunities to reclaim the lead on their next possession, but missed two layups and a free throw. Bushell finally grabbed a defensive rebound with 53 seconds to go after Samantha Srinivasan blocked a shot by Bates first-year Nina Davenport (Freeport, Maine). Sam Graber found Theresa Salud open for a 3-pointer and a 58-54 advantage for the Continentals with 38 seconds left.

Bates missed a shot from beyond the arc and committed a turnover in the final 30 seconds. A steal and two free throws by Adrianna Pulford with 3.3 seconds remaining sealed the win for Hamilton.

The Continentals won their third straight game against the Bobcats, who still lead the all-time series, 6-4. Bates lost its eighth game in a row -- the Bobcats are looking for their first conference win and their first victory in the seven games since injured leading scorer and captain Molly Brown was lost for the remainder of the season.

Graber led Hamilton with 20 points and nine rebounds. She leads the NESCAC in scoring with 18.2 points per game and is ranked third with 9.6 rebounds per game and fourth with 41 steals.

Salud dropped in a career-high 16 points off the bench for the Continentals. She was 4 of 6 from 3-point range and tied a career-best with four assists. Pulford finished with six points, three offensive boards and three steals, and Rachel Fredey handed out three assists on Senior Day for the duo.

Davenport poured in a game-high 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting for Bates, despite picking up her fourth foul midway through the second half. It was the third 20-points-plus effort for the rookie in the past four contests.

Sophomore Bernadette Connors (Windham, N.H.) scored all 10 of her points in the first half. Coppola ended up with nine points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. She leads the conference with 11.5 rebounds per game.

The score was tied at 8-8 early in the first half but Hamilton took a 14-8 advantage on 3-pointers by Graber and Salud and led the rest of the half. The six-point margin was the largest lead of the half by either team. The Continentals took a 31-30 edge into the break. Graber finished the half with 14 points.

The Bobcats used an 8-0 run early in the second half to take its largest lead of the afternoon at 41-36 with 15:40 left. Bates led by five points again at 46-41 after a three-point play by Davenport with 11:56 remaining.

For the game, Hamilton shot 42.3 percent and the Bobcats shot 35.3 percent. The Continentals held a 34-31 edge on the glass.

Bates is on the road at Saint Joseph's (Maine) in non-conference action on Tuesday, Feb. 10.
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Re: Bates basketball - women

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:06 am

Saint Joseph’s Tops Bates, 69-62

STANDISH, Maine – Junior center Morgan Cahill (Yarmouth, Maine) netted a career-high 31 points with nine rebounds and a pair of blocks to help lift Saint Joseph's College (15-6, 6-2 GNAC) past Bates College (9-13, 0-8 NESCAC), 69-62, in a non-conference women's basketball game at the Harold Alfond Center on Tuesday evening.

In a contest that featured eight lead changes and three tie scores, the Monks managed to secure the advantage for good with the help of a 12-1 offensive outburst midway through the second half. Freshman forward Brianne Maloney (South Portland, Maine) totaled seven points during the outbreak, which resulted in the hosts securing a 53-43 cushion with 10:48 remaining.

The Monks managed to claim a game-high 12-point lead after Cahill drained a layup off a Sarah Assante (Standish, Maine) pass, making it a 62-50 game with 5:16 left in the second half. The Bobcats would not go down easily however, as the visitors cut the margin down to seven points on several occasions in the closing minutes, but Saint Joseph's was able to hold off the visitors by breaking the full-court press.

For the Monks, Maloney scored a career-high 14 points with four rebounds and two assists, Assante played an all-around game with seven points, nine rebounds, nine assists and a pair of steals, and sophomore guard Emily Kehoe (Perkinsville, Vt.) contributed eight points and six caroms on the evening.

Freshman forward Nina Davenport (Freeport, Maine) led the Bobcats with an impressive double-double effort of 22 points and 13 rebounds while sophomore center Allie Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) tallied 12 points and 15 boards and sophomore forward Bernadette Connors (Windham, N.H.) chimed in with 12 points in the losing effort.

In the opening frame, Saint Joseph's held a 10-5 lead after sophomore forward Molly Mack (Portland, Maine/McAuley) hit a pair of free throws 2:56 into the contest, but Bates fought back with a 7-2 scoring surge to knot the game at 12-apiece four minutes later. A see-saw battle ensued, as the in-state rivals proceeded to swap the lead five times before Cahill tapped in a layup to lift the hosts to a 23-22 edge with 8:07 left in the first half.

Saint Joseph's opened the second stanza holding a 39-34 lead, but the five-point cushion evaporated quickly as the Bobcats began the latter frame with an 8-2 run en route to claiming a 42-41 advantage with 17:21 left in the contest. Needing someone to provide a spark, Maloney came off the bench and did just that with her performance during the aforementioned 12-1 run.

With the victory, Saint Joseph's improves to 14-14 in the history of the series with Bates College, a team that defeated the Monks in eight-consecutive meetings before the Royal Blue topped the Bobcats, 71-64, in Lewiston last winter. St. Joe's has now defeated Bates in back-to-back meetings for the first time since the 2001-02 campaign.

The Monks held a 34-16 advantage in points in the paint while scoring 19 points off 20 Bobcat turnovers and posting 25 assists on 27 field goals made on the evening.

Saint Joseph's returns to action tomorrow evening with a 7:00 PM contest versus non-conference foe Fisher College. Bates plays at NESCAC-rival Bowdoin College at 7:00 PM on Friday.
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Re: Bates basketball - women

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Feb 14, 2015 7:41 am

Women's hoops nears upset of No. 18 Bowdoin behind Davenport's 34

LEWISTON, Maine -- Facing first-place and 18th-ranked Bowdoin and owning an eight-game losing streak, the Bates women's basketball team surprised observers by making a run at the Polar Bears before ultimately falling 74-67 on Friday night in Alumni Gymnasium, as Bowdoin earned its 18th consecutive victory.

Bates (9-14, 0-9 NESCAC) erased a game-high 14-point deficit with 12:26 left in the second half with a 26-11 run, taking the lead briefly at 60-59 with 4:52 left to play. Bowdoin (21-2, 9-0 NESCAC) responded with a 10-2 run to resume control of the game.

The Bobcats finish their season on Saturday, hosting Colby at 3pm. Bowdoin plays at No. 4 Tufts (22-1, 9-0) on Saturday at 3pm to determine the top seed in next week's NESCAC Championship tournament.

First-year forward Nina Davenport (Freeport, Maine) scored a season-high 34 points for the Bobcats, including 20 in the first half, but Bowdoin's Sara Binkhorst countered with 29, including 7-of-9 shooting from behind the three-point arc, to pace the Polar Bears. Shannon Brady contributed 15 points and eight rebounds for Bowdoin, while Kate Kerrigan added 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals.

Bates sophomore Allie Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) had 11 points and a game-high nine boards, while junior Chelsea Nason (Boxford, Mass.) pitched in nine points, all scored on 3-pointers in the second half, to go with eight rebounds.

Bowdoin scored the first 12 points of the contest, powered by threes from Binkhorst and Kerrigan. Bates netted its first points with a pair of free throws by sophomore Bernadette Connors (Windham, N.H.) at the 14:25 mark, and Davenport made it 12-4 with a defensive rebound and a coast-to-coast layup. Davenport knocked down a jumper and followed with her first three to close the gap to 14-9 and prompt a Bowdoin timeout at 10:38.

A three by Bates senior Kristin Calvo (South Deerfield, Mass.) and a Davenport jumper closed the gap to 22-18, but Lydia Caputi responded with a three, and Binkhorst scored a three-point play with 3:28 to go to expand the edge into double digits (28-18).

Davenport was still warming up, however, and she rattled off seven unanswered points, nailing a three to narrow the gap to 28-25 and prompt another Bowdoin timeout at 2:03. The Polar Bears finished the half with a 7-0 run, capped by a Binkhorst three in the final seconds, for a 35-25 halftime lead.

Binkhorst continued to thwart Bates' defense, drilling threes at 13:43 and 12:26 of the second half to open up a 48-34 advantage. Bates began chipping away with a pair of Davenport free throws, and unanswered hoops by first-year Emily Freedland (Marblehead, Mass.), Coppola, first-year Jackie Welch (Falmouth, Maine) and Connors closed the gap to 48-44. Binkhorst answered with a three, followed by a three-point play by Siena Mitman for a 54-46 lead, prompting a Bates timeout with 8:00 to go.

Nason drained her first three out of the timeout with 7:48 to go in the game, closing the gap to 54-49, but Binkhorst responded with another three of her own. After a layup by Bowdoin's Marle Curle at 6:51, Coppola converted a three-point play to start a run of nine unanswered points by the Bobcats, combined with threes by Nason and Davenport, the latter of which put Bates on top for the first and only time in the game at 60-59.

Binkhorst again had the answer for Bowdoin, calmly sinking a 15-foot jumper to regain the lead, and Kerrigan followed with a pair of free throws, then a steal and a layup for a 65-60 lead. Bowdoin made 6-of-8 free throws down the stretch to preserve the win.
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