WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Junior Kellie Macdonald led four Ephs in double figures with 14 points as No. 15 Williams College defeated Bates College, 84-45, on Friday night at Chandler Gymnasium.
The Ephs (19-2, 5-2 NESCAC) staked a 14-point lead at the half and pushed its edge over the Bobcats (7-14, 0-7 NESCAC) to 25 points just over three minutes into the second half.
Macdonald (Danvers, Mass.) shot 6-of-9 from the field in pacing the hosts while first-year Lauren McCall (Natick, Mass.) tallied 12 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Jane Thompson (New Milford, Conn.) netted 12 points, junior Ellen Cook (Eugene, Ore.) posted 10 points and seven rebounds, and sophomore Oge Uwanaka (Bronx, N.Y.) grabbed 10 boards.
For the Bobcats, senior Meredith Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.) scored a team-high 13 points to increase her career total to 1,144 points. She now stands ninth on Bates' career scoring list, moving ahead of Carla Flaherty '03 who totaled 1,143 points as a Bobcat. First-year Allie Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) registered her sixth double-double of the year on 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Ephs shot 52.3 percent (34-of-65) from the floor and 42.1 percent (8-of-19) from 3-point territory while the Bobcats shot 23.2 percent (16-of-69) from the field and 17.4 percent (4-of-23) from beyond the arc.
Williams took a 22-10 lead just over seven minutes into the game despite old-fashioned 3-point plays from Coppola and Kelly. The Bobcats essentially matched the hosts for the rest of the frame as the Ephs narrowly outscored Bates, 16-14, in the final 12:08 of the half bringing a 38-24 edge into the locker room.
The Ephs notched the second half's first 11 points as part of a 29-5 stretch in which Williams extended its advantage to 67-29 at the 9:09 mark. Bates could get no closer than 30 points, 75-45, the rest of the way.
Next, Bates plays at Hamilton tomorrow at 2 p.m. while Williams hosts Tufts tomorrow at 2 p.m.