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Coppola tallies career-high 28 points in women's basketball's 87-69 loss to Camels

Senior co-captain Allie Coppola scored a career-high 28 points in the Bobcats' 87-69 loss to Connecticut College on Friday, January 20, 2017. (File photo by Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Senior co-captain Allie Coppola continued her outstanding season with a career-high 28 points but the Bates women's basketball team fell 87-69 to the Connecticut College Camels Friday night. 

Friday marks the third game this year that Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) has set a new career-high in points. She scored 24 against Colby on January 6, 27 at Middlebury last week and 28 more in the Bobcats' contest with the Camels. 

Coppola made 10 of 17 shots from the floor, grabbed six rebounds, dished out three assists and notched two steals. Meanwhile senior co-captain Bernadette Connors (Windham, N.H.) added 16 points on 7-14 shooting to go along with five rebounds and three assists.

But the Camels (11-5, 2-3 NESCAC) rarely missed from the floor all night, shooting 51.7% from the field compared to the Bobcats' (5-11, 2-3 NESCAC) 38.6% clip. The Camels also made seven threes to Bates' two and out-rebounded the Bobcats 40-30.

Three Connecticut College players scored in double figures. Kylie Caouette led the Camels with 22 points, Mairead Hynes tallied 18 and Samantha Ashton chipped in 13. 

Connors scored the first four points of the game for the Bobcats but Bates found themselves down 10-4 with 6:15 remaining in the first quarter. Then Coppola went on a personal 8-2 run, tying the game at 12 with a pair of free throws with 4:49 to go in the first.

The teams stayed close throughout the rest of the first quarter, but the Camels took a 22-19 lead on an Erin Feeney layup with 40 seconds left.

Bates cut the lead to one in the second quarter on a Coppola jumper. Then she made another jumper to put the Bobcats up 23-22 with 7:14 remaining in the first half.

Junior Emily Freedland (Marblehead, Mass.) drilled a three with 2:52 to go, putting Bates up 32-31.

But the Camels finished the half on a 12-0 run to take the lead for good, taking a 43-32 advantage into halftime. Five of their 12 points down the stretch came from the free throw line.

The second half saw the Bobcats get no closer than to within nine points as the Camels maintained control of the game.

Bates was only outscored by three in the fourth quarter and four in the fourth quarter. But that was more than enough for the Camels to build upon their big halftime lead.

The third quarter was a bit of an offensive show, with the Camels tallying 26 points and Bates scoring 23. Coppola scored 13 of her 28 points in the third quarter on perfect 6-6 shooting. 

The Bobcats look to get back on the winning track Saturday afternoon when they visit Wesleyan. Tip is set for 3:00 p.m.