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Women's basketball runs past Maine-Augusta in second half, 80-66

Allie Coppola scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds during Bates' 80-66 win over UMaine-Augusta on Dec. 3, 2014. (Sarah Crosby/Bates College) 

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College women's basketball team erased a five-point halftime deficit with a 19-2 run to begin in the second half, defeating UMaine-Augusta 80-66 in a non-conference game Wednesday night at Alumni Gymnasium.

Bates (6-3) may not have expected such a tough opponent in UMA (6-4), but the visiting Moose gave the Bobcats all they could handle for much of the game. UMA center Jamie Plummer led the Moose with 25 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots. Kylie Kemp added 14 points, making 5-of-6 from the field and 4-of-4 from the foul line, and adding three steals. Carmen Bragg contributed 12 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Bates sophomore Allie Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) scored 22 points, her first collegiate 20-point effort, and hauled down a game-high 15 rebounds, seven off the offensive glass, to go with four assists and three steals. Bates totaled 22 assists, with four starters collecting four or more apiece. The Bobcats shot 46.5 percent from the field, including 45.5% (10-22) from beyond the arc.

Senior Molly Brown (South Dartmouth, Mass.) added 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while sophomore Bernadette Connors (Windham, N.H.) contributed 18 points, six rebounds and five assists. Junior Chelsea Nason (Boxford, Mass.) had 14 points, seven rebounds and a game-high four steals, and senior Kristin Calvo (South Deerfield, Mass.) distributed a game-high six assists.

UMA led for the majority of the first half, and by as many as 10 points. Plummer and Kemp had 10 points apiece at the break; for Bates, Brown had 12 and Connors 11.

A layup by Plummer, assisted by Jessica St. Amand, gave UMA a 19-17 lead with 11:03 to go, and the Moose led for the rest of the period. A Plummer jumper at the 9:19 mark, followed by a three by Bragg, began a 12-3 run by the Moose, giving them a 32-22 lead with 4:52 left. Three-pointers by Brown and Connors in the final minute of the period closed the gap to 40-35 at the break.

The Bobcats clamped down on defense to start the second half, holding the Moose without a field goal in the first 6:47. Connors began the half with a jumper, and layups by Nason and Coppola returned the lead to the Bobcats at 41-40. Calvo then canned a three, and after a pair of free throws by UMA's Kemp, Bates reeled off five consecutive 2-point baskets -- two apiece by Coppola and Nason, to open up a 54-42 lead with 14:07 to go.

Plummer scored 12 points in a row for the Moose down the stretch, including three layups and a 3-pointer, which cut Bates' lead into single digits for the final time at 73-64 with 3:54 to go. Brown responded with a layup, assisted by Connors, and after a missed three by UMA's Kori Coro, Brown returned the favor by assisting Conors for a three and a 78-64 lead with 2:11 to go, all but sealing the victory.

Bates' next game is in 27 days; the Bobcats face MIT on Dec. 30 at 2pm in the Bowdoin Classic in Brunswick, followed on Dec. 31 with a game against Clark University at Bowdoin.