BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bates women's basketball team saw first-hand how good Bowdoin was when the rivals co-hosted the Marsha Graef Memorial Classic but did not face one another. On Saturday, the Bobcats got a taste of the conference schedule still to come as they fell 76-43 to the No. 11 nationally ranked Polar Bears in the teams' annual non-conference matchup.
Bowdoin (7-0) remained undefeated along with two other NESCAC teams currently ranked among the top 11 in Division III in No. 1 Tufts and No. 2 Amherst. It was the fourth loss in a row for the Bobcats (2-5).
Sophomore Madeline Foote (Duxbury, Mass.) led Bates in scoring with 11 points off the bench, in a season-high 20 minutes of action. Foote made 3-of-7 shots from three-point territory and added two steals.
Senior Bernadette Connors (Windham, N.H.) had 10 points and four assists, while senior Allie Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) scored six points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds for the Bobcats.
Bowdoin outscored Bates in the paint by a 48-4 difference. Bates was outrebounded by a 45-30 margin and lost the turnover battle 22-11.
Kate Kerrigan led Bowdoin with 13 points in 18 minutes of action, while Abigail Kelly posted 12 points with six rebounds off the bench. Marle Curle had seven points, five assists and five rebounds in 18 minutes.
Bowdoin controlled the game from the outset, building a 24-10 lead after one quarter and expanding it to 43-21 at the half. It ended any thoughts of a contested game by outscoring Bates 19-9 in the third quarter. The Polar Bears led by as many as 35 points, with 5:06 left in the fourth quarter.
Bates plays a non-conference game at WPI on Monday, Dec. 19 beginning at 1pm.