Women's basketball leads Husson wire-to-wire in third straight win

Lyse Henshaw scored 18 points to go with three assists and two steals in Bates' 64-47 win over Husson on Dec. 30, 2017. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Senior Lyse Henshaw scored 16 of her season-high 18 points in the first half and senior Nina Davenport added 18 points, nine rebounds and five steals as the Bates women's basketball team ran past Husson University 64-47 for their third straight victory Saturday afternoon in Alumni Gymnasium.

Kenzie Worcester led the visiting Eagles (3-4) with a game-high 21 points to go with five assists and five rebounds. Two Husson starters were held scoreless, and Sami Ireland was the visitors' second-highest scorer with eight points off the bench.

Bates (5-6) avenged a 60-44 loss at Husson last season with the victory. The Bobcats led the game from wire to wire and outrebounded their opponents for the first time this season, winning the battle of the glass by a 46-41 margin.

Sophomore Melanie Binkhorst (West Hartford, Conn.) added 13 points for the Bobcats and first-year Julia Middlebrook (Ridgefield, Conn.) contributed six points, five assists and five rebounds off of the bench.

Husson was held to 30 percent shooting from the floor (21-70), tying the Eagles' season low. Husson also attempted and made only one free throw in the game, also a season low.

Henshaw (Brunswick, Maine) opened the scoring with her first of four 3-pointers. Henshaw then assisted on a Binkhorst triple for a 6-0 lead and the Bobcats were off to the races. They grabbed a 15-6 lead on the strength of five threes in the first six minutes of the game, with first-year Carly Christofi (Fairlawn, N.J.) and senior Emily Freedland (Marblehead, Mass.) supplementing a second Henshaw three with long-distance makes of their own. A layup by Sarah Bragg and a jumper by Ireland narrowed the gap to five points, but the Bobcats finished out the opening period with layups by Middlebrook and Henshaw for a 19-10 lead after one quarter.

Davenport got into the act with her first three with 8:26 to go in the second quarter, giving Bates its first double-digit lead at 22-12. Husson missed eight straight shots as Henshaw expanded Bates' lead to 27-12 with a layup and a three, both assisted by Middlebrook. A Davenport steal led to a pair of free throws by Binkhorst for a 29-12 lead with 5;34 to go.

Husson's Emma Alley scored five straight points, and Worcester made a three and a layup in the final four minutes to keep the Eagles in the game, but Binkhorst notched a three-point play and a layup in the final minute of the half for a 39-24 Bates lead at the break. Binkhorst had 10 points on 3-of-3 shooting from both the field and the free-throw line in the first half.

Davenport opened the scoring in the third quarter with a 3-pointer for a game-high 18-point lead at 42-24, but Husson answered with an 8-1 run to close the gap to 43-32 with 6:44 left. Worcester and Jordan Butler scored two hoops apiece in the run.

Husson outscored Bates 17-12 in the third quarter behind nine points from Worcester, with Davenport countering with nine of Bates' 12 points in the period. A Worcester three finalized the scoring in the period, bringing the Eagles within 10 points at 51-41.

Binkhorst sank a 3-pointer on a Henshaw assist 13 seconds into the fourth quarter, and Husson could get no closer than 11 points from Bates the rest of the way, as the Eagles were limited to six points, shooting 3-of-11 from the floor and committing eight of their 18 turnovers in the game. Davenport led Bates with six points and three steals in the period.

Husson will host St. Joseph's College Sunday at 1pm; Bates will also next play host to St. Joe's, on Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 6pm.