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Women's basketball trounces Colby, 67-40, in season finale

Meredith Kelly '14 scored 24 points to lead Bates to a 67-40 win over Colby on Feb. 15, 2014. Kelly ended the season averaging 21.6 points per game, a Bates record. (Photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

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.