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Women's basketball drains 14 threes, defeats Trinity 82-73 on Senior Day

Seniors Alexa Goldman, Allie Coppola and Bernadette Connors with their families. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Nina Davenport scored a game-high 32 points and the Bates women's basketball team hit a season-high 14 three-pointers on their way to an 82-73 victory over Trinity College Saturday afternoon at Alumni Gym. 

Davenport '18 (Freeport, Maine) came just two points shy of her career-high, knocking down six of 11 threes along the way. Her six made three-pointers ties her career-high for threes in a game (set last year against Trinity) and falls just one short of the Bates single-game record.

The Bobcats (7-14, 3-6 NESCAC) hit 14 of 23 threes (60.9%) against the Bantams (11-9, 2-6 NESCAC) and came just one made three shy of tying their own team record for three-pointers made in one game.

On Senior Day at Alumni Gym, senior co-captain Bernadette Connors (Windham, N.H.) scored 14 points on 5-8 shooting. She also dished out a game-high seven assists. Senior co-captain Allie Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) added six points and pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds. 

Junior Lyse Henshaw (Brunswick, Maine) and first-year Carly Christofi (Fairlawn, N.J.) both scored in double figures, with Henshaw pouring in 13 points on 4-5 shooting and Christofi adding 11 points on 4-6 shooting.

Bates got off to a hot start, outscoring the Bantams 28-15 in the first quarter. They never trailed with Davenport putting the Bobcats up 2-0 right away with a jumper just 17 seconds into the game.

Up 13-9, Bates went on a 7-0 run to extend their lead to double digits. Davenport and Christofi made layups and Davenport drilled a three to make the score 20-9 in favor of the Bobcats with 3:36 remaining in the first quarter.

With 1:20 remaining and Bates up by 12, first-year Melanie Binkhorst (West Hartford, Conn.) banked in a three to put the Bobcats up 28-13. 

Bates led by 13 at the end of the first quarter but Trinity battled the Bobcats to a fairly even second quarter, with the Bobcats only outscoring the Bantams by one. Still, Bates took a 50-36 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Bobcats led by as many as 23 in the second half. Davenport drilled a three with 2:59 remaining in the third quarter to put Bates up 64-41.

But Trinity went on a 10-1 run to end the third quarter, cutting the Bobcat advantage to 65-51.

The Bantams put a little scare into Bates down the stretch in the fourth quarter, trimming the score to 76-66 with 2:16 left.

But Bates held on thanks to a Connors layup and made free throws from Davenport and Binkhorst.

Peace Kabari led the Bantams with 18 points off the bench. Bates shot 51% from the floor in the win. 

The Bobcats are back in action at Alumni Gym this Friday, Feb. 10 against Maine-Augusta at 7:00 p.m.