Women's basketball rolls past UMaine-Machias, 113-27

LEWISTON, Maine -- Senior Meredith Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.) tallied career highs of 32 points and 13 rebounds in just 17 minutes of action, and first-year Allie Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) added 18 points and 18 rebounds in 18 minutes, to lead the Bates women's basketball team to a 113-27 rout of UMaine-Machias Monday evening in Alumni Gymnasium.

The Bobcats (4-3) tied a program record for points in a half, running out to a 73-10 lead at intermission, as they ended a two-game mini-skid and returned their record over the .500 mark.

The visiting Clippers (2-4) committed 41 turnovers and were held to 6-of-25 shooting (.240) from the field in the game. Bates outscored Machias 55-0 in points off turnovers, 54-3 in bench points and 70-14 in points in the paint.

Sophomore Leah Humes' (Beaconsfield, Quebec) third steal and uncontested layup in the final 83 seconds of the period tied the 73 points the Bobcats put up against the same opponent, UMaine-Machias, on Nov. 20, 1999.

Bates led wire-to-wire and had 64 points before Machias broke into double-digits with Caroline Proctor's layup with 2:32 left in the first half. Kelly's offensive putback just 5:16 into the game gave the Bobcats a 22-7 edge and prompted a Machias timeout. But out of that break, Bates rattled off 22 unanswered points for a 44-7 lead with 7:52 to go.

The Bobcats had some eye-popping individual stats in the first half alone. Kelly had 23 points and nine boards, including five off the offensive glass, while Coppola already had her double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds, including eight offensive. Bates turned 19 steals into a 36-0 advantage in points off turnovers. Senior Julia Rafferty (Reading, Mass.) had a season-high eight points on 4-of-4 shooting, to go with six assists and three steals, while junior Allaina Murphy (Poland Spring, Maine) and Humes had four steals apiece, and first-year Kate Moody (Charlottesville, Va.) hit a pair of 3-pointers, all in the opening stanza. Bates held Machias to 4-of-25 (.160) shooting from the field and outrebounded the Clippers 37-10.

The Clippers picked up their performance in rebounding and defense in the second half, suffering only a 19-17 disadvantage on the boards. Vanessa Patterson and Emma LeGallais shared the team lead with five points apiece in the half. LeGallais finished with a team-high nine points, to go with three assists, two steals and 14 turnovers. Patterson added seven points and a team-high six rebounds.

Sophomore Lupe Vargas (Medford, Ore.) sank 3-of-5 attempts from outside the arc in the second half, tying Kelly for the team lead in the period with nine points.

Bates tied for the second-highest final margin of victory, at 86 points, in team history. The team record of 91 was recorded against UMaine-Presque Isle in 2004. Bates also defeated Machias by 86 in 1999 (128-42), as well as St. Francis in the 1976-77 season (107-21).

Vargas finished with 12 points, while Humes and Moody also entered double figures with 10 apiece. Rafferty tied a career-best with eight assists.

Kelly is the first Bobcat to net over 30 points since Kate Dockery scored 37 against UMaine-Farmington on Dec. 8, 2001. Coppola's 18 boards are the most by a Bates player since Meg Coffin also grabbed 18 on Feb. 10, 2006 against Amherst.

Bates plays at NESCAC rival Colby in the teams' annual non-conference matchup on Wednesday at 7pm.