LEWISTON, Maine — Connecticut College shot a season-best 56.1 percent from the field, over 55 percent in each half, en route to a 71-54 NESCAC victory over the Bates women’s basketball team Saturday afternoon, on Senior Day for the host Bobcats.
Senior forward Mairead Hynes led the Camels (12-6, 3-3 NESCAC) with 19 points on 9-of-13 shooting and six assists, as the visitors were effective all game in working for open shots from close range. They also used a significant size advantage to outrebound Bates (7-14, 1-6 NESCAC) 39-27 and outscore the Bobcats 8-0 in second-chance points and 54-18 in points in the paint.
Meggie Corcoran totaled 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Camels. Kylie Caouette also scored 15 points and Casey Walsh added 12 points off the bench. Caroline Pangallo contributed eight points, six rebounds and five assists.
Playing on Bates’ home floor for the final time, senior Nina Davenport (Freeport, Maine) drained five 3-pointers for 15 points in the first quarter, but was scoreless the rest of the way. Davenport also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
A pair of first-year players for Bates established season-highs in scoring from off the bench, helping the Bobcats to a 39-14 advantage in bench points for the game. Guard Julia Middlebrook (Ridgefield, Conn.) scored a team-high 17 points, including 3-of-4 shooting from three-point territory, to go with six assists and four steals. Forward Taylor McVeigh (Hanson, Mass.) added 10 points and five rebounds.
Sophomore Melanie Binkhorst (West Hartford, Conn.) was a fourth Bobcats in double figures with 12 points, but not other team member broke into the scoring column for the game.
Davenport’s 15 points headlined a wild first quarter which ended with the Bobcats leading 25-22. Binkhorst shot 2-for-2 in the period for seven points off the bench. Caouette countered Davenport with nine points, hitting both of her three-point attempts, as well as two assists. Hynes joined Caouette in making all three of her shots in the quarter, for six points. Although Bates led after one period on 61.5% shooting, Connecticut College was right behind thanks to 69.2% shooting on their part.
A 3-pointer by Middlebrook concluded the scoring in the first quarter, but the Bobcats missed their first nine shot attempts in the second quarter as the Camels went on a 10-0 run to establish a 32-25 lead, with Walsh scoring three consecutive baskets. Middlebrook’s three with 33 seconds left in the half cut Bates’ halftime deficit to 36-30, as the Bobcats scored only five points in the quarter on 2-of-18 shooting (.111).
After a pair of Binkhorst free throws made it 42-34, the Camels started a 10-2 run to open a 16-point (52-36) advantage, with Hynes supplying five points and three assists in the defining stretch of the game. Middlebrook scored the final hoop of the third quarter, as she did in the first and second quarters, to close the gap to 56-40 in Connecticut College’s favor after three periods. The Camels shot .600 from the field to Bates’ .235 in the period, with Hynes contributing seven points and three assists.
Walsh assisted Hynes for a layup to open the scoring in the fourth quarter, returning an 18-point lead to the Camels. A nice feed from Binkhorst for a McVeigh layup answered, but Nancy Coulverson’s putback made it 60-42. Bates could get no closer than within 13 points the rest of the way.
Bates will next play at Hamilton Friday, Feb. 2 at 7pm. The Camels will host Eastern Connecticut State on Tuesday at 7:30pm.