HADLEY, Mass. -- The completion of the conference schedule on Wednesday night had the Bates women's basketball team in a six-way tie for fourth place in the conference, along with five other teams with 4-6 NESCAC records.
When tiebreakers came into play to decide the seeding for this weekend's NESCAC Championship Quarterfinals, the Bobcats fared quite well: Bates (12-11, 4-6) receives the fifth seed in the tournament, and will play at fourth-seeded Middlebury (13-11, 4-6) on Saturday at 4pm. (Video / Live Stats)
Here's how the tiebreakers shook out:
Middlebury, Bates, Wesleyan, Trinity, Bowdoin and Connecticut College all finished with records of 4-6. In head-to-head competition, Middlebury, Bates and Wesleyan went 3-2, while Trinity, Bowdoin and Connecticut College went 2-3. In head-to-head competition between the teams that were 3-2 (Middlebury, Bates and Wesleyan), Middlebury went 2-0 to earn the fourth seed, Bates went 1-1 to earn the fifth seed, and Wesleyan went 0-2 to earn the sixth seed. In head-to-head competition between the teams that were 2-3 (Trinity, Bowdoin and Connecticut College), Trinity went 2-0 to earn the seventh seed, Bowdoin went 1-1 to earn the eighth seed, and Connecticut College went 0-2, and is thus the odd team out of the eight-team field.
In the teams' Jan. 4 meeting in Lewiston, Middlebury stormed out to a 37-21 lead, then held on as Bates tried to rally all the way back in the second half, ultimately falling 72-68. Tracy Borsinger scored 29 points to lead the Panthers. Rachel Crews added 14 points and Katie Pett grabbed 13 rebounds to go with nine points.
Bates senior Allie Beaulieu (Swampscott, Mass.) and junior Meredith Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.) scored 19 points apiece for the Bobcats, while grabbing nine and eight rebounds, respectively.