BABSON PARK, Mass. — The Bates women’s basketball team exploded for 26 points in the third quarter, erasing an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat Roanoke College 60-52 Tuesday afternoon in a neutral-site game at Babson College.
Bates (3-6) came away with the win in its first game ever against Roanoke (2-7) head coach and Bates graduate Carla Flaherty ’03.
Nina Davenport scored 25 points with 11 rebounds, three assists and three steals, including 13 points and three assists in the third quarter, to lead the Bobcats.
First-year guard Julia Middlebrook had the best game of her rookie season, contributing a season-high 14 points to go with six rebounds and four steals. Middlebrook scored eight points in the defining third quarter.
Melanie Binkhorst scored 11 points and Emily Freedland swiped eight steals and committed zero turnovers, fueling Bates to a 26-11 advantage in turnovers committed.
Allison Livengood contributed a team-high 14 points and seven rebounds from off the bench for the Maroons, making 7-of-10 shots from the field. Starters Corinne McPadden and Laura McManimen scored eight points apiece.
Bates overcame 27.1 percent field-goal shooting for the game and a 40-34 disadvantage in rebounds by making 20-of-31 free throws, while Roanoke was limited to one free throw on four attempts.
Flaherty, a standout player for the Bobcats for four years, began her coaching career assisting longtime head coach Jim Murphy ’69 for six seasons before becoming head coach at Lasell in 2010. She is in her fourth season at Roanoke.
Bates led by scores of 9-2 late in the first quarter and 12-7 early in the second, but Roanoke closed out the half with a 15-5 run over the final six minutes to assume a 28-20 lead. Molly Hassell made a pair of 3-pointers in the streak while Livengood made 3-of-3 shots and grabbed four rebounds.
Davenport made a 3-pointer on an assist by Taylor McVeigh with 5:18 to go in the third period and followed that with a pair of free throws at the 4:59 mark, pulling Bates within two points of Roanoke (34-32). Then Middlebrook answered back-to-back threes by Laura McManimen with a three of her own followed by a 2-pointer to close the gap to 40-37. But Livengood and Harrell made consecutive buckets to make it a seven-point game again (44-37) with 2:59 to go in the period.
Then out of a Bates timeout, Davenport drained threes at the 2:32 and 1:30 marks, and Middlebrook finished the third quarter with a three-point play in the final 20 seconds. A three by Binkhorst early in the fourth quarter extended the lead to 49-44.
Davenport shot only 6-of-24 from the field for the game and 4-16 from long distance, but in the third quarter she shot 3-5 from three and 4-4 at the free-throw line. Roanoke shot 7-12 (.583) from the field and scored 16 points to Bates’ season-high 26 in the quarter but committed nine turnovers.
Bates outscored Roanoke 14-8 in the fourth quarter to pull away for the victory, with Binkhorst scoring seven points.
Bates will remain at Babson to face the host Beavers Wednesday at 2 p.m.