Davenport, Coppola lead women's basketball past Endicott 65-60

Nina Davenport scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in Bates' 65-60 victory at Endicott College on Jan. 12, 2016. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College) 

BEVERLY, Mass. -- Sophomore Nina Davenport had season highs of 25 points, 12 rebounds and three steals, while junior Allie Coppola added 12 points and 15 boards, to lead the Bates women's basketball team to a 65-60 victory at Endicott College Tuesday night. It is Bates' second straight victory against non-conference opponents with a winning record.

Junior Bernadette Connors (Windham, N.H.) pitched in 13 points and five rebounds for Bates (4-9), which enjoyed a 46-35 rebounding advantage.

Davenport (Freeport, Maine) shot 7-of-18 from the field but was 4-8 behind the arc and 7-7 at the free-throw line. Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) made 5-of-7 shots from the floor.

The host Gulls (7-6) and Bobcats traded the lead 15 times in the game and were tied on eight other occasions.

Endicott's Hannah Shaw drilled 4-of-4 shots from three-point territory en route to 20 points from off the bench, to go with seven rebounds. Starters Kelsey Cuddy and Sarah Hood added 18 and 11 points, respectively. 

Bates trailed 33-31 at the half but outscored Endicott 20-13 in the third quarter. Davenport opened and closed Bates' scoring in the third with 3-pointers, totaling 15 points in all in the game's decisive quarter. 

Sophomore Emily Freedland (Marblehead, Mass.) opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer that opened Bates' lead to eight, and first-year Linda Herlihy (Belmont, Mass.) made back-to-back layups halfway through the fourth quarter to give Bates a game-high nine-point lead (60-51).

The Bobcats return home to host Hamilton (Friday 7pm) and Middlebury (Saturday 3pm) this weekend.