WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Bates women's basketball team led at the conclusion of every quarter except the final one, as host Colby prevailed 64-58 in both teams' first NESCAC game of the season Friday night in Wadsworth Gymnasium.
Colby (8-3, 1-0 NESCAC) closed out the game with an 11-0 scoring run and held Bates (3-8, 0-1) without a point for the final 5:50 of the contest.
Bates plays at Bowdoin Saturday at 3pm, in the in-state rivals' second meeting in eight days.
Desi Smith had 19 points, including an 8-for-11 effort from the foul line, for the Mules. Carylanne Wolfington added 17 points thanks to 4-for-6 shooting from 3-point range and added six rebounds. Haley Driscoll added six points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while Mia Diplock scored 12 points and had five steals. MaryKate Caverly had six points and a team-high four assists.
Senior captain Chelsea Nason had a double-double with season highs of 19 points, 10 rebounds and five assists to lead the Bobcats. All 10 of her rebounds came on the defensive end. Lyse Henshaw finished with 13 points, including 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc, while Bernadette Connors and Nina Davenport both had eight points. Allie Coppola had six points, nine rebounds, and five assists.
Bates took a 58-53 lead when Connors hit two free throws with 5:50 to play. The Mules, though, scored the final 11 points of the game.
Wolfington hit a 3-point shot with 4:53 remaining to cut the margin to 58-57. The Mules then took the lead for good on a drive to the basket from Diplock with 4:10 to go.
Both teams struggled over the next three minutes and neither team could manage a point. Smith had a 3-point play with 54 seconds to go to push the lead to 62-58. The Bobcats had three opportunities to cut into the lead until Driscoll hit two free throws with 10 seconds left for the final points.
Bates had a 20-11 lead after the opening quarter, led 28-27 at halftime, and took a 50-47 margin into the final quarter.
Nason shot 4-for-4 from the field and 2-2 on threes in the first quarter, which she closed out with a buzzer-beating layup for Bates' largest lead of the game (20-11). Davenport also made both of her threes in the period. Colby outscored Bates in the second quarter to close Bates' lead to one point at the half, with Wolfington draining all three of her 3-pointers in the period.
Henshaw highlighted Bates' third quarter, scoring 10 straight Bates points over a three-minute span, including three 3-pointers. Colby tied the game at 47 with a Caverly layup, but Henshaw struck again with 24 seconds left in the third, making her fourth three of the period to give Bates a 50-47 lead.
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