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Sophomores key women's basketball's 71-65 win at Husson

Allie Coppola's 20-rebound effort keyed Bates' 71-65 win at Husson on Nov. 18, 2014. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

BANGOR, Maine -- Sophomore Bernadette Connors led four Bobcats scoring in double figures with 18 points, and sophomore Allie Coppola grabbed 20 rebounds to go with nine points, six assists and three steals, as the Bates women's basketball team won 71-65 at Husson University on Tuesday night.

Bates (2-1) also got 17 points from senior Molly Brown (South Dartmouth, Mass.), 13 from senior Kristin Calvo (South Deerfield, Mass.) and 12 from junior Chelsea Nason (Boxford, Mass.), as the starting five accounted for all but two of the Bobcats' 71 points.

Chandler Guerrette scored a game-high 24 points for the host Eagles (0-1); Victoria McIntyre poured in 19 more and Stephanie Comstock added 11.

Coppola's (Tarrytown, N.Y.) 20 rebounds do not set the team record -- that distinction belongs to Sue MacDougall's 33-board against Thomas in the 1979-80 season -- but it is the most by a Bobcat in at least 14 seasons. The previous high in that time was Kate McLaughlin's 19 rebounds against Trinity in 2001.

A free throw by Nason was all Bates could score for the first 4:38 of the game, and the Eagles countered with nine unanswered points for a 9-1 lead, which would be their largest of the contest. Stephanie Comstock made a pair of layups in the early Husson run.

Connors (Windham, N.H.) ended the short drought with a layup at the 15:22 mark, assisted by Coppola, then made a 3-pointer with 12:40 left on a Calvo assist to close the gap to 14-10. The sophomore forward later made a pair of free throws and a jumper to complete an 8-1 Bates run that pulled the Bobcats even at 21-21.

Brown's layup, assisted by Connors, gave Bates its first lead since 1-0, at 27-25, and Nason's second three of the half pushed the advantage to 30-25. A jumper by Calvo, quickly followed by a Connors three-point play, gave Bates a 38-29 lead, representing a larger 37-20 Bobcat run. Husson nudged closer, helped by a Samira Cruz three, but the Bobcats went into the break with a 42-36 lead.

Connors made a 3-pointer on a Coppola assist in the opening minute of the second half, but Husson's McIntyre then embarked on a personal 8-0 run, capped by a three that closed the gap to 45-44 in Bates' favor with 17:45 left in the game. Seconds later, a Cruz steal led to a pair of free throws by Guerrette that returned the lead to Husson at 46-45 with 17:32 left.

Calvo made a pair of buckets as Bates traded scoring possessions with Husson, and a Coppola offensive putback made it 53-52 in Bates' favor with 11:16 to go, evaporating Husson's final lead of the game. Bates held Husson without a field goal for nearly six minutes, while Brown scored six points and Calvo scored five more in an 11-3 Bates run that made it 64-55 with 5:01 left in the game. Guerrette and McIntyre both made threes down the stretch to keep the lid on Bates' lead, but the Eagles could get no closer than five the rest of the way.

Bates plays its home opener on Thursday at 7pm against non-conference rival UMaine-Farmington.