Brown propels women's hoops to 80-57 win over Clark

Molly Brown scored 21 of her 27 points in the first half of Bates' 80-57 win over Clark on Dec. 31, 2014. (File photo by Sarah Crosby/Bates College) 

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Senior captain Molly Brown scored a game-high 27 points to lead the Bates women's basketball team to an 80-57 win over Clark University on day two of the Coastal Maine Classic on Wednesday at Bowdoin College.

The Bobcats end the tourney with a 1-1 mark and improve to 7-4 on the season, while the Cougars finish the classic winless and fall to 3-7 this year.

Brown (South Dartmouth, Mass.) connected on 9-of-15 shots from the field, including 4-of-7 3-pointers, to finish with 27 points while also adding six rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocks.

Sophomore captain Allie Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) contributed her second double-double in as many days, and her fifth this season, with 15 points and 12 rebounds, to go with three steals. Junior Chelsea Nason (Boxford, Mass.) scored 13 points with six rebounds and four assists for the Bobcats. 

Sam O'Gara scored 17 points while adding four steals and three assists to pace the Cougars. Aretha Sullivan kept her team close with 10 opening half points and finished with 15 for the contest.

Brown scored 21 of her 27 points in an explosive first half as the Bobcats used a late surge to take a 42-29 lead at halftime. Bates pushed its lead to as many as 29 points in the second half en route to the win.

Brown represented Bates on the All-Classic team while Sullivan earned All-Classic honors for Clark.

The Bobcats will return home to host the University of New England this Saturday, Jan. 3 at 2pm.