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Women's basketball tops Simmons, 84-55

CASTINE, Maine – Senior Meredith Kelly scored a game-high 26 points for the second time in as many games to lead Bates College women's basketball past Simmons College, 84-55, in the consolation game of the Mariner Pepsi Challenge in Smith Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.

The Bobcats (1-1) registered the game's first 13 points and did not allow the Sharks (0-2) to cut their deficit below double figures for the remainder of the game in a tournament hosted by Maine Maritime Academy.

Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.) shot 11-of-22 from the floor and also posted seven rebounds and four steals. She earned selection to the all-tournament team.

Junior center Allaina Murphy (Poland Spring, Maine) recorded her first career double-double with career highs in points (19) and rebounds (10) as she went 7-for-7 from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw line.

First-year Allie Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) notched the first double-double of her rookie campaign on 10 points and 12 rebounds while junior Kristin Calvo (South Deerfield, Mass.) chipped in with 10 points, and senior Julia Rafferty (Reading, Mass.) led all players with seven assists.

Kim Hixon paced Simmons with 14 points off the bench, and Jamie Zoldy added 10 points.

The Bobcats out-rebounded the Sharks 50-23 in the game.

Bates scored 13 unanswered points to open the contest with Kelly account for six of those points. The Bobcats maintained at least an 11-point advantage for the remainder of the contest and used a 10-0 run midway through the first half to take a 30-9 lead  with just under eight minutes left in the opening stanza.

Coming out of halftime with a 40-21 edge, the Bobcats built a 57-27 lead at the 14:55 mark of the second half with Kelly and Murphy accounting for all of the points during the 17-6 run. Bates captured its largest lead of the game at 77-44 with a shade less than five minutes remaining.

Next, Bates hosts Husson in its home opener on Monday at 7:00 p.m. in Alumni Gym.