BIDDEFORD, Maine – Senior Meredith Kelly scored her 1,000th career point, but Bates College women's basketball lost to the University of New England, 69-47, at the Harold Alfond Forum on Monday night.
The Nor'easters (11-1) increased their winning streak to seven games as they held a lead over the Bobcats (7-7) for greater than 38 minutes in the game.
Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.) netted her 1,000th career point at the 14:41 mark of the first half as she gathered herself on the right side of the lane and converted a layup to bring Bates within 12-6. She became the 19th player in program history to eclipse the 1,000-career point barrier.
The 5-8 guard finished the contest with a game-high 24 points bringing her career total to 1,020, in addition to recording eight rebounds and three steals in the game.
For UNE, junior Kelly Coleman (Portland, Conn.) paced the Nor'easters with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Lauren Hayden (Chantilly, Va.) notched 16 points, seven rebounds, and three steals while classmate Meghan Gribbin (Windham, Maine) added eight points, a game-best five assists, and three rebounds.
UNE never trailed in the game and led from the 17:54 mark of the first half onward. The Nor'easters took a 12-4 lead just over five minutes into the game and gained their first double-digit advantage at 22-11 with 11:02 left in the opening period.
Leading 26-16, the hosts used a 12-2 run to bring a 38-18 edge into the locker room. Kelly accounted for 13 of the Bobcats' 18 points in the half.
In the second stanza, Bates could get no closer than 15 points – at 52-37 with 9:14 to play.
Next, Bates returns to NESCAC play with home games against Trinity (Friday, 6 p.m.) and No. 3 Amherst (Saturday, 2 p.m.).