Women's basketball's halftime lead slips away vs. Trinity

Chelsea Nason led Bates outright in scoring for the first time this season, tying her season high with 15 points in Bates' loss to Trinity in Lewiston on Jan. 17, 2014. (File photo by Mike Bradley/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Hannah Brickley had 16 points and nine rebounds and Shantel Hanniford added 15 points and seven boards off the bench to lead Trinity College to a 72-55 NESCAC victory over the Bates College women's basketball team Friday evening at Alumni Gym.

Moriah Sweeney added 10 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Bantams (10-5, 3-0 NESCAC), who erased a 33-29 halftime deficit by outscoring Bates 31-9 over the first 11:31 of the second half. Trinity stayed unbeaten in early conference play, and the Bantams will play at Tufts tomorrow at 2pm.

Sophomore Chelsea Nason (Topsfield, Mass.) led Bates (7-8, 0-2 NESCAC) with 15 points and senior Meredith Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.) added 13 with a team-high six rebounds. The Bobcats will host No. 3 nationally ranked Amherst tomorrow at 2pm.

Bates head coach Jim Murphy used his third timeout of the second half to try and stem Trinity's big rally to start the period, as they took a 45-36 lead at the 14:25 mark on a fast-break layup by Murtagh, assisted by Abigail Hancock. Murphy called time again with 12:02 to go when Trinity ballooned its lead to 51-38.

Trinity appeared to be in control of the game, but Bates made a run late in the game, forcing additional turnovers and getting made threes by first-year Bernadette Connors (Windham, N.H.) and Nason, prompting a Bantams timeout at 2:42 as Bates had whittled the lead to 64-53. Rafferty found Coppola open with an inbound pass underneath to cut it to single digits at 64-55, but Trinity responded with layups by Hanniford and Murtagh to open it back up to 68-55 with 1:01 to go, effectively ending Bates' threat.

Trinity was forced into 15 turnovers in the first half, a big factor in Bates' 33-29 lead at the intermission. The Bantams grabbed seven offensive rebounds en route to a 16-9 edge on the boards in the period.

The Bobcats made 4-of-8 shots from three-point land in the period, including two by Nason, who netted eight points in the period. Kelly had 11 at the half, powered by a 7-of-8 performance at the free-throw line. For Trinity, Brickley made 4-of-7 from the field thanks to four offensive boards for a team-high eight points.