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Women’s basketball comes up short in game with St. Joe's

Allie Coppola netted a double-double against St. Joe's, with 12 points and 15 boards. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College) 

STANDISH, Maine - The Bates women's basketball team fell in the late minutes to Saint Joseph's College 69-62 in non-conference women's basketball action at the Harold Alfond Center on Tuesday evening, in a game that featured eight lead changes and three ties. 

Bates was led by first-year forward Nina Davenport (Freeport, Maine), who scored a team-high 22 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. Earlier in the day, Davenport was named Maine Rookie of the Week by the Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association for the third time in the past four weeks. (MWBCA Weekly Report #11)

The Monks managed to claim a game-high 12-point lead after Cahill drained a layup off a Sarah Assante (Standish, Maine) pass, making it a 62-50 game with 5:16 left in the second half. The Bobcats would not go down easily however, as the visitors cut the margin down to seven points on several occasions in the closing minutes.

Davenport (Freeport, Maine) and sophomore center Allie Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) both posted double-doubles for the Bobcats, with Davenport scoring 22 points and collecting a season-high 13 rebounds, while Coppola tallied 12 points and 15 boards. Sophomore forward Bernadette Connors (Windham, N.H.) chimed in with 12 points.

In the opening frame, Saint Joseph's held a 10-5 lead after forward Molly Mack hit a pair of free throws 2:56 into the contest, but Bates fought back with a 7-2 scoring surge to knot the game at 12-apiece four minutes later. A see-saw battle ensued, as the in-state rivals proceeded to swap the lead five times before Cahill tapped in a layup to lift the hosts to a 23-22 edge with 8:07 left in the first half.

Saint Joseph's opened the second stanza holding a 39-34 lead, but the five-point cushion evaporated quickly as the Bobcats began the latter frame with an 8-2 run en route to claiming a 42-41 advantage with 17:21 left in the contest.  

The Monks held a 34-16 advantage in points in the paint while scoring 19 points off 20 Bobcat turnovers and posting 25 assists on 27 field goals made on the evening.

Bates (9-13, 0-8) plays at NESCAC-rival Bowdoin College at 7:00 PM on Friday.