Slow start costs women's basketball in 88-43 loss at No. 7 Bowdoin

Melanie Binkhorst scored the first 10 Bates points against No. 7 Bowdoin on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Senior Nina Davenport scored a game-high 16 points but the No. 7 nationally ranked Bowdoin College Polar Bears started hot and stayed that way, defeating the Bates women's basketball team 88-43 Friday night. 

The Polar Bears (12-0, 1-0 NESCAC) remained undefeated on the season, sprinting out to a 28-2 advantage and never looking back. Bates (5-8, 0-1 NESCAC) got on the board first thanks to sophomore Melanie Binkhorst (West Hartford, Conn.) knocking down a jumper with 9:34 left in the first quarter. 

After that, the Polar Bears went on a 28-0 run before a Binkhorst three to open the second quarter make the score 28-5 in favor of Bowdoin.

During the first quarter, Bates shot 1-15 from the floor while Bowdoin converted 11 of 18 shots. Hannah Graham and Abby Kelly scored six points apiece to pace the Polar Bears in the quarter. Five Polar Bears scored in double figures on the evening, with Lauren Petit leading the way with 13 points on 4-6 shooting. Kate Kerrigan dished out a game-high 10 assists and recorded five steals to go along with six points. 

Binkhorst scored the first 10 points of the game for the Bobcats and finished the game with six rebounds as well. 

With Bates down 40-12 and 1:20 left in the second quarter, Davenport (Freeport, Maine) got on the board with a three-pointer. A layup from first-year Julia Middlebrook (Ridgefield, Conn.) made the score 43-17 at halftime as Bates played Bowdoin to a 15-15 tie in the second quarter.

Davenport scored 11 of her 16 points in the third quarter but Bowdoin 66.7% from the field to extend its lead to 72-31. Davenport added a game-high eight rebounds in the contest.

The Bobcats shot 25% from the field overall while Bowdoin finished the game at 49.3%.

Each team played tough defense with the Polar Bears notching 14 steals and the Bobcats coming up with nine steals of their own. Davenport and senior Emily Freedland (Marblehead, Mass.) tallied three steals apiece. The Polar Bears forced 23 Bates turnovers, converting them into 27 points.

The Bobcats look to bounce back Saturday when they visit Colby College to take on the Mules. Tip is set for 3pm as Bates looks to pick up its first NESCAC win of the season.