|Bates College||Keene State College|
KEENE, N.H. — After an even first quarter of action, the Bates women’s basketball team couldn’t keep up with host Keene State down the stretch in a 61-45 loss Tuesday afternoon in the Bobcats’ final game before the start of NESCAC play.
Amanda Petrow led all players with 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for the Owls (7-5) while senior Allie Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) paced the Bobcats (3-8) with 10 points and eight rebounds on the afternoon.
Bates jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the contest. Junior Lyse Henshaw (Brunswick, Maine) opened the scoring with a three-pointer just 17 seconds into the game. Fellow junior Nina Davenport (Freeport, Maine) followed that up by hitting a jumper with 7:48 left in the first quarter. Petrow finally got the Owls on the board with 6:10 to go in the first by making a layup.
Keene State took their first lead of the game on a Lydia Vital three, putting them up 7-6 with 3:09 left in the first quarter. But Bates responded right away thanks to a three from first-year Carly Christofi (Fairlawn, N.J) and a Coppola jumper.
Up 11-7, Bates surrendered five unanswered points before Coppola nailed the first three of her career to put the Bobcats up 14-12.
A Vital layup with eight seconds to go in the quarter tied things up at 14 apiece at the end of one.
The Owls opened the second quarter on a 5-0 run and never trailed again. Henshaw cut the deficit to two with a three-pointer with 6:53 to go in the first half but that’s as close as the Bobcats got the rest of the way.
Keene State went on an 11-2 run after the Henshaw three to extend their lead to 30-19. Bates pulled to within eight at the halftime break thanks to a Davenport three with 15 seconds to go in the second quarter.
After being out-scored by eight points in the second quarter, Bates hung tough in the third.
Down 44-31 after a Sarah Kober layup with 3:28 left, Bates responded thanks to a pair of made free throws from senior co-captain Bernadette Connors (Windham, N.H.) and a Kelli Kennedy ’20 (Milbridge, Maine) layup.
The Bobcats entered the fourth quarter trailing 44-35. The Owls quickly put an end to any comeback hopes for Bates thanks to an 8-0 run to start the final quarter of action.
A Rachel Bonnanzio three with 7:27 left in the game put Keene State up 52-35. Bates out-scored the Owls by one point down the stretch but couldn’t cut into the deficit any further.