Kelly scores 20 in women's hoops' loss at USM

GORHAM, Maine – Senior Meredith Kelly led all scorers with 20 points, but Bates College women's basketball fell to the University of Southern Maine, 74-54, inside Hill Gymnasium on Thursday evening.

The Huskies (3-2) shot 60.0 percent from the field in the game and held an advantage greater than 20 points over the Bobcats (3-3) less than four minutes into the second half.

Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.) shot 6-of-15 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the foul line to record 20 or more points in a game for the fourth time this season.

Junior Allaina Murphy (Poland Spring, Maine) netted 10 points while sophomore Chelsea Nason (Boxford, Mass.) tallied 12 rebounds and six points. Sophomore Leah Humes (Beaconsfield, Quebec) chipped in off the bench with nine points, two rebounds, and two steals.

For the Huskies, Erin McNamara netted 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting while Rebecca Knight posted a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Off the bench, Abby Hasson registered 14 points, connecting on 6-of-7 field goals, to go with six rebounds.

USM made 33-of-55 shots from the field in the game after converting on 20-of-28 attempts (71.4 percent) in the first half. Southern Maine out-rebounded Bates 41-26 in the contest.

After Murphy scored the game's opening basket, the Huskies used a 13-2 run to take a 13-4 lead with 14:11 to go in the first half. With USM leading 15-6, the Bobcats responded with a 10-4 spurt which included three layups from Kelly and a 3-pointer from Nason to pull within 19-16 at the 9:43 mark.

USM countered with a 10-2 streak over the next three minutes which gave the hosts a 29-18 edge. Southern Maine maintained at least an eight-point edge over the remainder of the period and brought a 42-29 advantage into the locker room.

The Huskies opened the second half with an 11-3 run, despite a 3-pointer from Kelly, to grab a 53-32 lead just under four minutes into the stanza. USM pushed its advantage to as large as 24 points midway through the half.

Next, Bates hosts UMaine-Machias on Dec. 2 at 6 p.m.