NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior Meredith Kelly scored a game-high 24 points to go with nine rebounds, but Connecticut College women's basketball beat Bates College, 64-56, on Saturday afternoon at Luce Field House.
The Bobcats (7-13, 0-6 NESCAC) used a 22-4 run to come back and tie the game at 51-51 before the Camels (12-7, 4-2 NESCAC) closed the contest with a 13-5 spurt.
With her 24 points, Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.) moved ahead of Julie Roche '91 and Gail LeBlanc '83 into 10th place on Bates' career scoring list, with 1,131 points.
Carlee Smith paced four Conn. College players in double figures with 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Caitlin Cimino tallied 12 points and eight rebounds, Tara Gabelman posted 10 points and nine rebounds, and Willa McKinley netted 11 points.
Close action marked the game's first 15 minutes as neither side could gain a lead larger than two possessions. With the score knotted at 24-24 with 5:53 to play in the opening period, the Camels gained some separation behind a 13-3 run which gave them a 37-27 lead at halftime.
Conn. College picked up where it left off in the second half as the hosts built an 18-poinnt, 47-29 edge with 12:24 to play. From there, the Bobcats made their move, embarking on their 22-4 run and tying the game at 51-51 at the 5:43 mark.
After the Camels regained a 57-54 lead, Coppola made a basket to cut the deficit to 57-56 with 1:48 remaining, but Conn. College responded with the contest's final seven points.
Next, Bates plays at Williams on Friday at 6 p.m. while Conn. College hosts Eastern Connecticut State on Tuesday at 6 p.m.