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Women's basketball drills record 13 threes, tops Lasell 76-47

Chelsea Nason had a season-high 15 points with four steals in Bates' 76-47 win at Lasell on Jan. 5, 2016. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

NEWTON, Mass. -- Nina Davenport scored 22 points, Chelsea Nason scored 15, Bernadette Connors passed out nine assists and Allie Coppola grabbed 16 rebounds -- season highs for all four players -- as the Bates women's basketball team cruised to a 76-47 non-conference victory at Lasell College Tuesday night.

The Bobcats (3-7) made a team-record 13 3-pointers in the game on 28 attempts (.464) and matched their season-high point total. Bates' previous record of 12 threes in a game was accomplished three times, most recently on Feb. 5, 2012 against UMaine-Presque Isle.

Bates outscored the host Lasers (7-5) in each quarter, beginning with an 18-7 lead after the first. Nason sank 3-of-4 three-point attempts in the period, while Davenport and Lyse Henshaw added threes of their own, and Bates' defense limited Lasell to 2-of-19 shooting from the field in the period, including 1-10 on 3-pointers.

Bates made four more threes in the second quarter, building a 41-21 lead at the break. Davenport had 16 points in the first half, Nason had 12, Coppola had nine rebounds and Connors passed out six assists.

The Bobcats outrebounded the Lasers by a 57-40 margin; in addition to Coppola, eight other players registered three or more boards in the game.

Nason (4-6) and Davenport (4-9) combined for eight 3-pointers, and five other players made one apiece: Henshaw, Connors, Jackie Welch, Emily Freedland and Alanna Morque.

For the Lasers, Katie Stopera came up just short of a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Jaime Caron registered 11 points.

Bates led from start to finish and opened the contest with an 11-0 tear, highlighted by three consecutive shots from three-point range.

The Bobcats continued their offensive flow in the second half with 35 points, taking their largest lead at 31 points with 2:08 left in regulation after Nason sunk two shots at the free throw line.

Bates opens NESCAC play this weekend at rivals Colby and Bowdoin, beginning Friday at 7pm at Colby.