LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates women's basketball team finished up a difficult season in fine fashion on Saturday, earning the first NESCAC win of the season with a 67-40 defeat of Colby.
The Bobcats (7-17, 1-9 NESCAC) pulled into a tie for ninth place in the final NESCAC standings with the Mules (8-16, 1-9) and Middlebury. Bates went 2-0 against Colby this season, including an 80-75 overtime win in Waterville on Dec. 4.
Playing in her final game for the Bobcats, senior Meredith Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.) scored a game-high 24 points, finishing her final season with a team-record 21.6 points-per-game scoring average and extending her single-season points record to 518. The program's previous record for scoring average in a season was Julia Roche's 20.0 average from 1989-90.
Kelly became Bates' first player to score 500 points in a season on a 3-pointer in the first half. Her 1,207 career points put her seventh on Bates' all-time list, just one behind No. 6 on the list, Kate McLaughlin '01.
First-year Allie Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) added her seventh double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and junior Allaina Murphy (Poland Spring, Maine) contributed 10 points and nine boards. Sophomore Chelsea Nason (Boxford, Mass.) also grabbed 10 boards, as Bates outperformed Colby on the glass 52-35.
Mia Diplock led Colby with 15 points, the lone Mules in double figures. Brooke Chandor added six points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Colby tied the game at 3-3 on a three by Chandor, but it was the last time Bates did not lead the rest of the way, after senior Julia Rafferty (Reading, Mass.) made a layup for a 5-3 advantage.
Bates led 9-8 before finishing out the half by outscoring Colby 21-7. First-year Bernadette Connors (Windham, N.H.) hit her first of two threes in the run to start things off, and Kelly's three with 10:24 left in the period opened it up to an 18-9 Bates lead. A three by Rafferty made it seven unanswered points and gave Bates a 26-13 lead with 3:49 left in the half, and the Bobcats took a 30-15 lead into the break.
Carylanne Wolfington made a jumper to lead off second-half scoring, but Colby could get no closer than 13 the rest of the way. Kelly netted 15 points in the second period and Coppola added nine as Bates outscored Colby 37-25.
Colby was limited to 22.2% shooting from the field (14-63), including 16.7% (5-30) from behind the three-point arc. Bates made 19 of 24 free throws (79.2%) and shot 36.8% (21-57) from the field.
April 18, 2014 Kelly named ECAC First Team All-New England
March 20, 2014 Kelly, Coppola gain All-State honors from MWBCA
March 18, 2014 Kelly earns D3hoops.com All-Northeast Region honors
March 17, 2014 Kelly named First Team All-New England by NEWBA
March 12, 2014 Six Bobcats gain NESCAC All-Sportsmanship laurels
February 18, 2014 Kelly, Coppola both earn third Maine player, rookie of the week honors
February 17, 2014 Coppola named New England rookie of the week
February 15, 2014 Women's basketball trounces Colby, 67-40, in season finale
February 14, 2014 No. 21 Bowdoin holds off women's basketball, 77-65
February 8, 2014 Women's basketball loses at Hamilton, 82-62
February 7, 2014 No. 15 Williams defeats women's basketball, 84-45
February 4, 2014 Coppola earns Maine rookie of the week honors
February 1, 2014 Conn. College clips women's basketball, 64-56
January 31, 2014 Wesleyan outlasts women's basketball, 72-59
January 29, 2014 Frontcourt tandem leads St. Joe's past women's hoops, 71-64
January 25, 2014 Women's hoops falls to No. 6 Tufts, 62-46
January 18, 2014 No. 3 Amherst defeats women's basketball, 88-54
January 17, 2014 Women's basketball's halftime lead slips away vs. Trinity
January 13, 2014 Kelly scores 1,000th career point; women's hoops falls at UNE
January 10, 2014 Women's basketball falls at Middlebury in NESCAC opener
January 8, 2014 Coppola named Maine's Rookie of the Week
January 5, 2014 Kelly's 21 leads women's hoops over RPI, 68-51
January 4, 2014 Women's basketball falls to St. Lawrence, 68-59
December 9, 2013 Kelly named NESCAC, Maine Player of the Week
December 7, 2013 Kelly's record 42 points leads women's basketball past UMA
December 6, 2013 Women's basketball falls to Bridgewater St., 82-65
December 4, 2013 Kelly leads women's basketball to 80-75 OT win at Colby
December 3, 2013 Humes earns MWBCA Rookie of the Week honors
December 2, 2013 Women's basketball rolls past UMaine-Machias, 113-27
November 26, 2013 Kelly scores 20 in women's hoops' loss at USM
November 23, 2013 Women's basketball falls to Bowdoin, 76-40
November 21, 2013 Women's hoops handles UMaine-Farmington, 84-60
November 19, 2013 Kelly named Maine player of the week by MWBCA
November 18, 2013 Women's hoops blows past Husson in home opener, 74-44
November 16, 2013 Women's basketball tops Simmons, 84-55
November 15, 2013 Women's basketball falls to Mount Holyoke in opener, 77-63
November 14, 2013 Women's basketball preview: Scrappy, feisty Bobcats open Friday at MMA