NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Senior Meredith Kelly scored a game-high 23 points, but Bates College women's basketball fell to Bridgewater State University, 82-65, at the four-team Ed Hockenbury Classic hosted by Norwich University in Andrews Hall on Friday night.
The Bobcats (5-4) will play UMaine-Augusta tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the tournament's consolation game while the Bears (4-2) advance to play Norwich in the championship game at 3 p.m.
The Bears took an 18-6 lead less than six minutes into the game and held a double-figures edge for the remainder of the contest.
Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.) made 10-of-17 shots from the floor for the Bobcats. She has recorded 10 or more points in every game this season and 20 or more in each of seven contests. Junior Allaina Murphy (Poland Spring, Maine) notched 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting.
Megan Boutilette led Bridgewater State with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Colleen Hanscom posted 16 points while Elisha Homich and Jennie Lindland each tallied 13.
Bridgewater St. shot 54.2 percent from the field (32 of 59) and 50.0 percent from 3-point range (6 of 12).
After the Bobcats opened the game with a 6-4 lead, the Bears scored 18 consecutive points to take a 22-6 edge with 12:51 left in the first half. Trailing 29-12, Bates used a 9-2 spurt to pull within 31-21 at the 5:09 mark of the opening period with Murphy netting seven points during the stretch. BSU took a 43-23 advantage into the locker room behind a 12-2 run to close the half.
Just over six minutes into the second stanza, the Bobcats pulled within 50-36 after an 11-3 run in which Kelly scored seven points and Murphy had four. BSU then responded with an 11-2 streak which pushed its lead to 61-38 with 12:42 remaining. The Bears extended their advantage to as large as 24 points on two occasions inside of the last seven minutes.