Bates College women 2015-2016:

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Re: Bates College women 2015-2016:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Jan 10, 2016 9:41 am

Women's basketball challenges host Bowdoin in 72-55 loss

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bowdoin defeated the Bates women's basketball team for the second time in a week, 72-55, on Saturday afternoon at Morrell Gymnasium.

The Polar Bears improve to 10-3 (1-1 NESCAC). Bates falls to 3-9 (0-2 NESCAC) with the loss.

In a game that was considerably closer than last weekend's 82-54 tilt in Lewiston, the Polar Bears took the lead for good in the second quarter but couldn't put the Bobcats away until late in the fourth quarter.

Tied at 11 after the opening period, Bowdoin rolled off a 9-0 run midway through the second quarter, sparked by two Marle Curle 3-pointers, to take a nine-point lead late in the half. Bowdoin carried a 31-22 lead into halftime.

Bates got as close as five points on two occasions in the third quarter, but Bowdoin answered every Bobcat run. Shannon Brady keyed a 9-2 run to close the period as Bowdoin entered the final quarter with a 53-41 lead. Bates could get no closer than seven points in the final quarter as the Polar Bears walked away with the win.

Curle totaled 13 points, 11 assists and six rebounds in the win for Bowdoin. Shannon Brady led all players with 24 points while also blocking three shots and grabbing five rebounds for the Polar Bears.

Bates was led by 17 points from sophomore Nina Davenport (Freeport, Maine), who also had nine rebounds and three steals. Senior Chelsea Nason (Boxford, Mass.) had 14 points, including four 3-pointers, to go with six rebounds and three blocked shots for the Bobcats. Senior Bernadette Connors (Windham, N.H.) contributed eight points, six rebounds and three assists.

Bates was able to stay within striking distance thanks in part to a 43-40 edge in rebounding, which included 15 offensive boards that were cashed in for 12 second-chance points. but the Polar Bears got 22 bench points compared to just two for Bates.

Bates will travel to Endicott for a 7pm non-conference game on Tuesday night.

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Re: Bates College women 2015-2016:

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Jan 18, 2016 11:24 am

Middlebury holds off rally by women's basketball for 61-56 win

LEWISTON, Maine -- Middlebury College outscored the Bates College women's basketball team 32-16 in the paint and held off a second-half rally by the host Bobcats to win 61-56 in NESCAC action Saturday afternoon in Alumni Gymnasium.

All five Middlebury (9-5, 2-2 NESCAC) starters scored between nine and 11 points, with Eileen Daley and Sarah Kaufman scoring 11 apiece. Colleen Caveney made all three of her 3-pointers for nine points, while Catherine Harrison grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to go with nine points. Kaufman dished out a game-high five assists and Alex Huffman scored 10 points.

Junior Bernadette Connors (Windham, N.H.) and sophomore Nina Davenport (Freeport, Maine) scored a game-high 17 points apiece for Bates (5-10, 1-3 NESCAC), with Connors hitting two 3-pointers in the final 2 1/2 of the game to stoke Bates' chances for a victory.

The Bobcats outrebounded the Panthers 41-33 and held a 14-2 advantage in second-chance points. Middlebury made 25-of-56 field-goal attempts (.446) and 5-of-10 (.500) shots from beyond the arc, while Bates made 18-of-60 (.300) shots, including 6-of-26 (.231) from deep.

Middlebury expanded a 16-13 lead after one quarter into a 10-point advantage less than two minutes into the second period, with a three by Caveney followed by a pair of free throws by Rachel Collins and a Harrison layup. Another three by Caveney gave the Panthers a game-high 11-point advantage (26-15) with 4:13 to go. Bates charged back to within two (26-24) with a 9-0 run, with hoops by four different Bobcats in the streak. Huffman turned a Bates turnover on its last possession into a layup at the other end for a 28-24 Middlebury lead at the half.

Middlebury led 34-28 early in the third quarter and used four consecutive defensive stops to increase the lead to 36-28 when Collins made a layup with 4:51 left in the period. Coppola earned two trips to the free-throw line and made a layup to get the Bobcats back within three (38-35). After a steal by senior Chelsea Nason (Boxford, Mass.), first-year Madeline Foote (Duxbury, Mass.) drove for a layup and the foul, hitting the free throw to close it to 41-40. Sophomore Jackie Welch (Falmouth, Maine) then rebounded a Kaufman miss, was fouled and made both free throws to give Bates a 42-41 advantage with 28 seconds to go in the period, its first lead since 10-7.

The score was tied at 43 after three quarters, and Bates led for a final time when Foote drained a three to start the fourth period. But a 6-0 Middlebury run, with hoops by Harrison, Weeks and Kaufman, returned the lead to Middlebury for good at 49-46. Kaufman answered a Connors jumper with a three to make it 55-50. Connors drained threes late in the shot clock on consecutive Bates possessions, with the second one cutting the gap to 57-56 with 1:03 to go. Kaufman assisted a Daley layup, and Huffman drove for an unassisted layup in the final minute, while Bates missed three-point attempts on its only two possessions of the game's final minute.

Bates hosts Connecticut College on Friday at 7pm in the third game of a five-game homestand. Middlebury will host Smith in a non-league game on Tuesday.

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