Bates basketball - women

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Re: Bates basketball - women

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Feb 15, 2015 1:51 pm

Women's hoops scores 77-67 overtime win over Colby in season finale

LEWISTON, Maine -- Sophomore Bernadette Connors scored 18 points and first-year Nina Davenport, junior Chelsea Nason and sophomore Allie Coppola all had double-doubles as the Bates women's basketball team finished the 2014-15 season with a 77-67 overtime victory over Colby in NESCAC play on Saturday in Alumni Gym.

Bates finishes 10-14 overall and gained its first conference win to finish 1-9. It was the Bobcats' first win in 11 games, the last 10 of which were without injured leading scorer and captain Molly Brown (South Dartmouth, Mass.). Brown and fellow senior Kristin Calvo (South Deerfield, Mass.) were Senior Day honorees in their final collegiate games. Calvo had nine points and five assists before fouling out early in overtime.

Carylanne Wolfington scored a game-high 23 points with seven rebounds for Colby (16-8, 4-6 NESCAC). MaryKate Caverly and Caitlyn Nolan scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, before fouling out. Mia Diplock and Nolan had five steals apiece, but Diplock shot 1-for-12 from the field, including 0-7 from beyond the arc, to finish with nine points. The Mules will play a road game next weekend in the quarterfinal round of the NESCAC tournament, against an opponent to be determined.

Connors (Windham, N.H.) scored 12 of her team-high 18 points in the second half, while Nason (Boxford, Mass.) netted 13 of her 15 points in the same period. Nason finished with 10 rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Davenport (Freeport, Maine), less than 24 hours after dropping 34 points on Bowdoin, totaled 17 points, 13 rebounds, three blocks and two steals in the win, and Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) pitched in with 13 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and two steals. It is the first time in at least a decade that the Bobcats have had three players notch double-doubles in the same contest.

Colby led by as many as 14 points en route to a 30-19 advantage at the half, despite shooting 31.4 percent (11-35) from the field. Bates gave the ball away 11 times in the opening half, compared to four for Colby, and was held to 28.0% shooting (7-25). Wolfington had 11 points and six rebounds in the opening period, while Davenport paced the Bobcats with seven points and eight boards.

Bates tied the game at 10-10 with a layup by Davenport, before Colby's 12-2 run made it 22-12. Wolfington hit back-to-back threes in a 38-second span during the spurt. Aggressive drives for layups by Diplock and Brooke Chandor, combined with passive defense by the Bobcats, expanded Colby's lead to 28-14 with 3:32 to go.

Coppola led off the second-half scoring with a putback, starting Bates on a 12-3 lead that closed the gap to 33-31 with 14:26 left in regulation. Caverly drilled a three on a Lauren Barnhart assist for Colby, but Connors responded with a three 14 seconds later, returning the gap to two points with her ninth point in a span of 2:28. With 12:31 to play, Davenport's steal and layup gave Bates a 40-39 lead, its first since the score stood at 8-7.

A layup by Colby's Haley Driscoll tied the game at 42-42, and Bates then turned the ball over on three straight possessions, while Colby retook a five-point lead on a Nolan layup and a Wolfington three with 8:43 left.

Bates cut back in as first-year Emily Freedland (Marblehead, Mass.) hit a deep three off a kickout from Coppola, and another Coppola kickout led to a game-tying three by Calvo, making it 48-48 with 6:44 left. Calvo then set up a Davenport jumper for the lead. As regulation time began to run out, neither team could hold on to a lead. Bates went up 59-56 on a layup by Nason with 2:30 to go. Caverly responded with an unassisted layup to cut it to one, and after a missed three by Calvo, Davenport fouled Diplock. Diplock missed her first free throw but tied the game at 59-59 on the second with 1:14 left in the game.

Neither team could find the bottom of the net over the final 74 seconds of regulation. Colby had the ball with 30 seconds remaining and called three consecutive timeouts before turning the ball over with five seconds to go. Bates was unable to get a final shot off, and the game was sent into overtime. The second half featured seven ties and five lead changes.

Coppola won the overtime-opening tipoff and Bates immediately went ahead, as Connors hit a streaking Nason for a layup five seconds in. Nason then stole the ball, Calvo rebounded a missed three by Davenport, and seconds later drained a three for a 64-59 lead, Bates' largest of the game to that point.

Colby closed it to 64-61 wiht a pair of Caverly free throws, but a Coppola steal led to a back-breaking Nason three in the corner with 2:21 left for a 67-61 lead. The overtime period got away from Colby after that, as Bates expanded its lead to as many as 13 points in the final minute. Wolfington hit consecutive threes at the 0:43 and 0:36 marks to draw Colby within seven (74-67), but it was too late for the Mules.
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Re: Bates basketball - women

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Apr 08, 2015 5:22 am

Bates College release:

Bates women’s basketball coach Jim Murphy retires after 21 seasons, 343 victories and six NCAA appearances

After 21 seasons, 343 victories and six NCAA Tournament appearances, Jim Murphy is retiring as head coach of the Bates College women’s basketball team, effective at the end of the 2014–15 academic year.

The Bates Department of Athletics will immediately begin a national search for the team’s new head coach.

Murphy, who also coached women’s soccer at Bates between 1994 and 2011, “has been one of the most successful coaches that we have ever had at Bates College,” said Director of Athletics Kevin McHugh.

“Throughout his tenure he has led his programs with the utmost integrity, an amazing work ethic and a passion for excellence. Beyond the multitude of achievements, Jim’s outstanding leadership is also reflected in the scores of young women who played for him and have gone on to distinguish themselves after their Bates careers.

“Jim always brought a sense of humor and has been a quiet, steadfast influence, instrumental in the development of our younger staff. He will be sorely missed but remembered fondly.”

Murphy has led the women’s basketball program through 21 of its 47 years in existence, and is the program’s longest-tenured coach by far. Murphy entered the 2014–15 season ranked 49th among active Division III coaches in career wins (333), and finishes his career with a 343–187 record — a winning percentage of .647.

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A 1969 graduate of Bates, Murphy taught English for 24 years at Masconomet Regional High School in Topsfield, Massachusetts, where he coached the girls’ soccer team to a 269–40–16 record and the girls’ basketball team to a 132–31 mark. Murphy returned to his alma mater in 1994 to lead the women’s varsity soccer and basketball programs.

At Bates, he spearheaded an almost immediate turnaround in the basketball team’s fortunes. Murphy led the Bobcats to a 17–7 mark in his second season, 1995–96, kicking off a run of 15 consecutive winning seasons. Bates competed in the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in 1996–97, finishing 20–5, then returned to the NCAAs for three more years in a row, including a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 1997–98.

Bates reached new heights in 2004–05, earning the No. 1 national ranking for four weeks and finishing 25–3 with a second NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance. Bates returned to the tournament for a sixth time in 2006, finishing 19–9. Sixteen of Murphy’s 21 teams finished with a winning record, and six former players were named All-America.

Murphy led the women’s soccer team for 16 seasons beginning in 1994, amassing a 146–93–13 record, including the 2005 NESCAC Women’s Soccer Championship and NCAA Division III Championship tournament appearances in 1996, 1997 and 2005. Murphy also coached the team to two ECAC Championship finals, winning the title in 1998.

As an undergraduate, Murphy was one of the finest players in the history of Bates football, and perhaps the program’s greatest quarterback. He still owns the team’s records for touchdown passes in a career (50) and season (17), and is one of just three players to have his number (10) retired, in 1968. He also played two years of varsity basketball at Bates.

Murphy’s reputation even in his student days was built on his hard work and pursuit of team goals. “He was kind of humble about it all,” the late Bob Hatch, former Bates football coach, told Bates Magazine in 1997. “He never considered himself a big star, even though he clearly was.”

A native of Portland, Maine, Murphy brought his simple, hard-boiled ethos into his coaching philosophy, and his players were known for their mental toughness. In the Bates Magazine story, he said, “Everything has to be earned. If you’re a member of varsity or a starter, you should be proud, but come fall or spring, it’s something you have to earn.

“The things in life that are earned are to be cherished and treasured and are much more valuable than something that’s given to you. Competing for your school is the greatest opportunity someone can have, and you have to earn the right to be on the team, or to get playing time, or to start.”
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