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Coppola breaks Bates' career rebounds record in win over UMF

Allie Coppola corrals the rebound that tied her with Olivia Zurek as Bates' all-time rebounds leader, en route to 16 for the game, as Bates defeated UMaine-Farmington on Jan. 31, 2017. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates women's basketball team rolled to a 71-42 victory over UMaine-Farmington, as senior third-year captain Allie Coppola broke the program's career rebounds record.

At the start of the game, Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) needed seven rebounds to tie Bates career rebounds record of 885, held by former All-America forward Olivia Zurek '05. Coppola snagged all seven boards within the first quarter of the game, including five off of the offensive glass.

Coppola finished with 16 rebounds in addition to nine points and four assists for the Bobcats (6-13), who won for the first time in five games. 

Junior Nina Davenport (Freeport, Maine) scored a game-high 24 points and added seven rebounds and four steals, while first-year guard Carly Christofi (Fairlawn, N.J.) added 12 points and junior Lyse Henshaw (Brunswick, Maine) tallied nine. First-year guard Melanie Binkhorst (West Hartford, Conn.) sparked the Bobcats off the bench with eight points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Kennadi Grover led UMF (3-15) with 10 points and Courtney Alofs added seven points off the bench. Abby Hasson led the Beavers with seven rebounds.

Bates shot .431 (28-65) from the field and .296 (8-27) from three-point territory, while UMF was .281 (16-57) and .182 (2-11) in those categories. The Bobcats outrebounded the Beavers 45-32.

In spite of Coppola's seven boards matching UMF's team total in the opening quarter, the visiting Beavers took a 13-11 lead, propelled by Grover's six points and five more from Haley Felkel off the bench.

Christofi tied the game at 15-15 with a jumper, but a 3-pointer by Jenessa Talarico gave UMF an 18-15 advantage. 

Coppola responded with a layup off a Davenport steal and Binkhorst assist to close the gap to 18-17, and Binkhorst then drained a three on a Coppola assist on Bates' next trip down the floor, assuming the lead for good at 20-18 with 5:09 left in the half, prompting a UMF timeout. Bates extended the run to 14 unanswered points for a 29-18 lead, with Binkhorst punctuating the rally with another three.

Alofs scored five unanswered ponits to end the half for UMF, for a 31-23 Bates lead at the break. 

Bates came out for the third quarter on fire, with Henshaw making a three in the opening seconds to kick off a run of seven straight points. The Bobcats turned the momentum into a 15-1 run to start the second half, with Christofi hitting a three, Davenport adding a jumper and Henshaw converting a three-point play on a Binkhorst assist. Less than four minutes into the second half, Bates led by 22 points (46-24).

Bates will play host to No. 2 nationally ranked and undefeated Amherst on Friday at 7pm, just six days after playing at and falling to No. 1 and undefeated Tufts. UMF plays at Green Mountain College in a North Atlantic Conference matchup on Friday at 7:30pm.