WATERVILLE, Maine -- Senior Meredith Kelly scored 30 points, including 12 in the overtime period, and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Bates women's basketball team to its best game of the season thus far, an 80-75 overtime triumph at Colby, in the NESCAC rivals' non-conference matchup Wednesday night.
It was the second time in as many games, and only the second time in her career, that Kelly has either scored 30-plus points or grabbed 10-plus rebounds. She tallied 32 points and 13 rebounds in just 17 minutes two nights ago against UMaine-Machias.
But at Colby, Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.) was on the floor for all 45 minutes, and she was there to seal the deal at the end. Colby tried to set up a would-be game-tying 3-pointer as the clock dipped under 25 seconds and Bates led 78-75, but Kelly stole a cross-court pass -- her sixth steal of the game -- and scored the layup with 21 seconds to go for the final margin of victory.
Kelly and Colby's Carylanne Wolfington put on an offensive show. Wolfington finished with 27 points on 10-for-15 shooting and pulled down six rebounds. Kelly was 10-for-13 from the foul line, added 11 rebounds for a double-double, had a game-high six steals, and added three assists.
Bates moves to 5-3 overall, while the Mules drop to 3-4. The Bobcats will host the New England Small College Athletic Conference game later in the season.
Junior Kristin Calvo (South Deerfield, Mass.) was 5-for-8 from the field, including a 3-for-6 effort from 3-point range, on the way to a career-high 13 points for Bates. She drilled a jump shot and two 3-pointers for an individual 8-0 run to lead Bates out of a 44-44 tie, the game's third tie, and into a 52-44 lead with 10:21 left in regulation. Senior Julia Rafferty (Reading, Mass.) followed with another three to make it an 11-0 run, but Colby whittled the deficit all the way down to zero, at 63-63, on Desi Smith's two free throws with 41 seconds to go.
Calvo drained another three with 1:31 left in overtime to stake Bates to a 74-70 lead.
Rafferty passed out 11 assists for the Bobcats, two days after tying for her previous career high with eight. Junior Allaina Murphy (Poland Spring, Maine) also was 5-for-8 from the field for 10 points and first-year Bernadette Connors (Windham, N.H.) chipped in 10 points and four assists.
Colby stayed within single digits for nearly the whole game, but never took the lead until Smith's pair of free throws opened the scoring in overtime, giving the Mules a brief 65-63 lead. Kelly evened the game for the fifth and final time with a layup just nine seconds later, and a pair of free throws by Connors returned the lead to Bates for good.
Desi Smith was 11-for-13 from the foul line and 5-for-9 from the field for 21 points. Gabe Donahue added 10 points and six rebounds, while Mia Diplock had nine points and eight assists.
Bates travels to the Ed Hockenbury Classic at Norwich University this weekend, beginning with a Friday 8pm game against Bridgewater State.