Women's hoops handles UMaine-Farmington, 84-60

FARMINGTON, Maine – Junior Allaina Murphy scored a career-high 20 points to propel Bates College women's basketball to an 84-60 win over the University of Maine at Farmington inside Dearborn Gymnasium on Thursday night.

The Bobcats (3-1) turned a 28-26 edge into a 40-29 halftime lead to gain separation from the Beavers (1-2).

Junior Allaina Murphy scored a career-high 20 points for the Bobcats. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Murphy (Poland Spring, Maine) shot 8-of-14 from the field and also grabbed eight rebounds. Senior Meredith Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.) recorded 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting to go with seven rebounds and five assists while sophomore Chelsea Nason (Boxford, Mass.) posted 12 points and eight boards.

Off the bench, junior Kristin Calvo (South Deerfield, Mass.) chipped in with 12 points, and sophomore Leah Humes (Beaconsfield, Quebec) added six points and six rebounds.

For UMF, sophomore Ayla Allen finished with a career-high 17 points, connecting on 8-of-16 field goals. Sophomore forward Elizabeth Ferry netted 13 points, and junior guard Lindsay Ranquist charted 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

A 3-pointer from Nason ignited a 9-0 run from Bates which gave the visitors a 37-26 lead with 4:53 left in the first half which they would not look back from. The Bobcats opened the second stanza with a 9-2 spurt to push their advantage to 49-31 with 17:42 to play.

The visitors extended their lead to as large as 26 (72-46) at the 6:35 mark in the second half.

Both teams scored 26 points in the paint, but the Bobcats captured advantages in second-chance points (19-8), points off turnovers (21-8), and bench points (23-11).

Next, Bates plays at Bowdoin in an out-of-conference game on Saturday at 2 p.m.