LEWISTON, Maine -- Sophomore Nina Davenport and junior Allie Coppola both had double-doubles, including a career-high 22 rebounds for Coppola, as the Bates women's basketball team eased past Husson University in a non-conference game Tuesday night at Alumni Gymnasium.
Bates (8-13) received 17 points and 10 rebounds from Davenport (Freeport, Maine), and 15 points and 22 rebounds from Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.), in addition to a career-high nine assists from junior Bernadette Connors (Windham, N.H.). The Bobcats effectively picked apart Husson's defense throughout the game, totaling 18 assists on 22 field goals. Bates also outrebounded Husson 52-45.
Husson (15-6) was held to a season-low 24.7 percent shooting from the field (18-for-73), including a season-low 6.3% (1-for-16) from beyond the three-point arc, in seeing its three-game winning streak end. The Eagles' 49 points tied for their season low. Leading scorers Kenzie Worcester and Victoria McIntyre were held to six points apiece, while Chandler Guerrette scored a team-high 10 points. Darla Morales had seven points and a team-high eight rebounds.
The Bobcats got off to an ideal start, outscoring the Eagles 17-8 in the first quarter behind 13 points by Davenport, including four 3-pointers, and nine rebounds by Coppola. Davenport scored the last six points of the period on her third and fourth threes.
Bates then outpaced Husson 17-9 in the second quarter. Sophomore Lyse Henshaw's (Brunswick, Maine) layup with 6:44 remaining pushed Bates' lead into double digits, and with 4:07 to go she made a three that gave Bates a 25-10 lead. First-year Linda Herlihy (Belmont, Mass.) kept things going with back-to-back hoops underneath for a 29-13 lead.
Davenport finished the half with 14 points and seven boards, Coppola had six points and 12 rebounds, and Connors dished out five assists.
Connors opened the second half with a three-point play to give Bates its first 20-point advantage at 37-17. But Husson more than doubled its point total in the third quarter, outscoring Bates 20-18 in the period. McIntyre came alive with six points, three assists and two boards in the third, while Guerrette had four points and a pair of steals.
Denae Johnson scored all six of her points in the fourth quarter, as both teams finished with 12 points in the final period.
Coppola's previous career high of 20 rebounds was set last season against Husson. The junior forward had five boards within the first five minutes of the game and pulled down eight additional boards in the fourth quarter to surpass her career best. Coppola's performance vaulted her past Laura Hollingsworth '83 and into the top 10 in Bates' all-time career rebounds list, with 671.
Bates next plays a non-conference game at Babson on Friday at 7pm; Husson next plays a North Atlantic Conference game at Green Mountain College on Friday at 5:30pm.
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