HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Bates women's basketball team got hot early and didn’t cool off, taking advantage of 10 3-pointers in handing Trinity an 82-77 loss in NESCAC action Saturday afternoon. The host Bantams drop to 13-8 overall and 4-4 in the NESCAC while Bates improves to 11-10 overall and 4-5 in the league.
Bates senior Taryn O’Connell (Georgetown, Mass.) opened the game with two three-pointers, setting the tone for the first half, and a 31-27 lead at halftime.
Bates opened the second half with a three by senior Allie Beaulieu (Swampscott, Mass.), who finished the game 5-for-7 from beyond the arc for a team-high 17 points. The Bobcats distanced themselves as the period progressed, building a lead of 16 points with 8:51 to play in the game. But the Bantams didn’t go down quite yet. Over the ensuing five minutes of action, Trinity went on a 12-0 run to cut the lead to four – a run that started and ended with buckets by rookie Mackenzie Griffin, who finished with a game-high 22 points in 22 minutes on the court.
Beaulieu stopped the bleeding with a pair of free throws, as Bates held the lead down the stretch, going 17-18 from the free throw line, led by junior Meredith Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.), who went 6-6 from the line in the home stretch, finishing the game 8-8 from the stripe. Bates sophomore Molly Brown (South Dartmouth, Mass.) iced the win for the Bobcats with a pair of free throws in the final seconds.
Bates went 10-18 from long range (56 percent), and 26-29 from the line (90 percent). Five Bobcats scored in double figures, including junior Julia Rafferty's (Reading, Mass.) season-high 12 points to go with five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Brown and O'Connell scored 15 points apiece, with Brown grabbing a team-high seven rebounds and O'Connell dishing a team-high five assists, and Kelly added 14 points.
Griffin and sophomore Hannah Brickley combined for 40 points on 16-27 shooting from the floor, going 8-8 from the line for Trinity. The pair also picked up 11 rebounds. Taylor Murtaugh collected 15 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Bantams.