Women's basketball goes cold in second half as Bowdoin pulls away, 65-48

Molly Brown had 10 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots in Bates' 65-48 loss at Bowdoin on Nov. 22, 2014. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bowdoin pulled away in the second half to defeat the Bates women's basketball team, 65-48, on Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game at Morrell Gymnasium.

The Polar Bears improved to 3-1 with the victory while the Bobcats fell to 3-2.

Junior Chelsea Nason (Boxford, Mass.) led Bobcat scorers for the second straight game, topping three Bates players in double figures with 14 points. Sophomore Allie Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) added 10 points and 13 rebounds while senior Molly Brown (South Dartmouth, Mass.) also had 10 points for the Bobcats in addition to seven rebounds and a career- and game-high five blocked shots.

Coppola has double-digit rebounding totals in all five games this season, and averages a NESCAC-best 14.0 boards per game thus far.

Bowdoin's Megan Phelps scored 15 points to lead all players while Shannon Brady added 10 points, four rebounds and three blocks for the Polar Bears. Sara Binkhorst had 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists while Kate Kerrigan added eight points, three assists, two blocks and two steals in the victory.

Bowdoin led 31-25 at halftime but the Bobcats closed the gap to 38-34 following a layup by Brown with 17:16 to go. Bowdoin called time out and clamped down defensively, holding the Bobcats scoreless for over 10 minutes until a pair of Nason free throws with 6:11 to go. Meanwhile, the Bowdoin offense kicked into gear, as Phelps scored eight points in a decisive 19-0 Polar Bear run that extended the lead to 57-34 with 6:11 remaining.

Bowdoin held Bates to 26.6% shooting for the game and 15.2% (5-33) from three-point range. Bowdoin held a slim 45-44 edge in rebound and forced 21 Bates turnovers. Bowdoin dominated the paint, scoring 38 points from inside.

Bates will play on Monday night at 6pm at UMaine-Machias, then host the University of Southern Maine on Tuesday at 5:30pm. Bates and Bowdoin will play their NESCAC conference game in Lewiston on February 13.