FARMINGTON, Maine – Junior Allaina Murphy scored a career-high 20 points to propel Bates College women's basketball to an 84-60 win over the University of Maine at Farmington inside Dearborn Gymnasium on Thursday night.
The Bobcats (3-1) turned a 28-26 edge into a 40-29 halftime lead to gain separation from the Beavers (1-2).
Murphy (Poland Spring, Maine) shot 8-of-14 from the field and also grabbed eight rebounds. Senior Meredith Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.) recorded 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting to go with seven rebounds and five assists while sophomore Chelsea Nason (Boxford, Mass.) posted 12 points and eight boards.
For UMF, sophomore Ayla Allen finished with a career-high 17 points, connecting on 8-of-16 field goals. Sophomore forward Elizabeth Ferry netted 13 points, and junior guard Lindsay Ranquist charted 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
A 3-pointer from Nason ignited a 9-0 run from Bates which gave the visitors a 37-26 lead with 4:53 left in the first half which they would not look back from. The Bobcats opened the second stanza with a 9-2 spurt to push their advantage to 49-31 with 17:42 to play.
The visitors extended their lead to as large as 26 (72-46) at the 6:35 mark in the second half.
Both teams scored 26 points in the paint, but the Bobcats captured advantages in second-chance points (19-8), points off turnovers (21-8), and bench points (23-11).
Next, Bates plays at Bowdoin in an out-of-conference game on Saturday at 2 p.m.