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Kelly's record 42 points leads women's basketball past UMA

Meredith Kelly passed the 30-point mark for the third time this week, with a team-record 42 points against UMaine-Augusta on Dec. 7, 2013 at Norwich University. File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College.

NORTHFIELD, Vt. -- Bates senior Meredith Kelly scored a team-record 42 points to propel the Bobcats to a 104-83 win over UMaine-Augusta on Saturday, in the consolation game of the four-team Ed Hockenbury Classic at Norwich University.

Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.) made 18-of-30 field goal attempts and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line, adding in eight rebounds and seven steals, lifting Bates to 6-4 overall record following Friday night's loss to Bridgewater State.

Sophomore Chelsea Nason (Boxford, Mass.) added 15 points, seven assists and seven steals, while junior Allaina Murphy (Poland Spring, Maine) contributed 12 points and eight boards. First-year Allie Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) tossed in 10 points off the bench.

The underdog Moose (4-6) of UMaine-Augusta, who only fielded six player for the game, received 26 points from Jamie Plummer and 23 more from Arreonte Lee, who made all three of her 3-pointers and added 12 assists and seven rebounds. Jennifer Lola added a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards

Kelly sank a 3-pointer with 11:33 left in the game for her 36th point of the afternoon; the three was the first of the game for Kelly, her eighth of the season and only the 11th of her career.

She added a jump shot at 10:40 for 38 points, passing the previous team record of 37 points in a game, formerly shared by Kate Dockery (37 points at UMaine-Farmington on Dec. 8, 2001) and Sarah Bonkovsky (37 vs. Colby-Sawyer on Jan. 7, 1996). A layup at 9:27 gave Kelly 40 points, and one last layup with 8:32 resulted in her 42nd point and a 90-64 lead. That hoop was also Kelly's 18th field goal of the game, moving her out of a tie for the team record held by Bonkovsky.

It was the third time this week that Kelly has scored 30 or more points. She entered the season with 23 points as her career-best total. Kelly raised her scoring average this season to 24.8 points per game -- the team record for a season in that category is 20.0

Kelly poured 25 points in the first half, breaking the program record for points in a half, to stake Bates to a 56-38 lead at the break. Katy Dutille's 24 points in a half against Colby on Feb. 23, 1999 stood as the previous mark, which Kelly threatened with 23 points against UMaine-Machias just five days ago.

Kelly was named to the all-tournament team.

Bates is off for the holiday break and will return to action Jan. 4-5 at the Williams Classic in Williamstown, Mass., where the Bobcats will take on St. Lawrence on Jan. 4 at 8pm, followed the next day by a 1pm game against Rensselaer.