FARMINGTON, Maine – Bates College women's basketball had four players score in double-figures on its way to an 84-60 win over the University of Maine at Farmington, in a non-conference matchup Thursday night at Dearborn Gym.
Allaina Murphy went 8-of-14 from the floor on her way to a game-high 20 points, and hauled down eight rebounds. Meredith Kelly tacked on 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting, while Chelsea Nason and Kristin Calvo each finished with 12.
UMF sophomore Ayla Allen finished with a career high 17 points, after connecting on eight of her 16 field goal attempts. Sophomore forward Elizabeth Ferry finished with 13 points, while junior guard Lindsay Ranquist charted 12 points and a team-high eight boards.
Each team opened the game on a torrid shooting pace. UMaine-Farmington (1-2) made its first seven shots and did not missing a field goal until the 14:33 mark of the opening half, but Bates nearly matched the effort by going 7-of-10 from the field over the same span with three 3-pointers.
The game was still a one-possession affair with eight minutes remaining in the frame, with Bates (3-1) holding a 28-26 lead.
Nine straight points by the Bobcats, led by a Nason 3-pointer at the 6:46 mark, broke the game wide open. Bernadette Connors' layup for Bates with 4:53 remaining stretched the Bobcat lead to double-digits, 37-26, and Bates held a 40-29 lead at the break.
The Bobcats outscored the Beavers 9-2 over the first three minutes of the second half, giving Bates a 49-31 lead. UMaine-Farmington pulled to within 11 points of Bates on a Kennadi Grover jumper with 12:53 remaining, but the Bobcats rattled off 12 straight points over the next three minutes to build a commanding 62-39 lead.
Farmington was held to just 37.9 percent shooting in the second half, on its way to 39.0 percent (23-of-59) for the game, while Bates fired at a 54.8 percent clip in the second half alone. The Bobcats finished the game 33-of-67 (.493) from the field, including an 11-of-26 mark from 3-point range.
UMaine-Farmington returns to the court on Monday, Nov. 25, when it hosts St. Joseph's College in a 5:30 p.m. tip-off. Bates opens NESCAC play this Saturday, Nov. 23, when it travels to Brunswick, Maine, to face Bowdoin College.