FARMINGTON, Maine -- The Bates women's basketball team led for all but two minutes early in the game and outscored UMaine-Farmington in each quarter on the way to a 62-44 non-conference victory Tuesday night.
Senior Nina Davenport (Freeport, Maine) scored 21 points to go with 12 rebounds for the Bobcats (7-11). First-year Julia Middlebrook (Ridgefield, Conn.) added 11 points and a season-high eight assists and senior Emily Freedland (Marblehead, Mass.) came up with 11 points and six steals.
In addition to Middlebrook, Bates got strong contributions off the bench from junior Erika Lamere (Weston, Mass.), who contributed season highs of six points and five rebounds, and first-year Taylor McVeigh (Hanson, Mass.), who tied a season high with eight rebounds.
Haley Felkel scored 19 points for the host Beavers (4-10). Paige Carter grabbed 19 rebounds to go with two blocks and three points, and Morgan Crocker scored 12 points but was limited to 6-of-25 shooting from the floor.
Bates outscored UMF 13-2 over the final five minutes of the first quarter, turning a 9-8 Beavers lead into a 20-11 Bobcat advantage at the end of one period. Middlebrook had two baskets and an assist in the run, and Freedland capped it with a 3-pointer.
Freedland made a steal and fed Davenport for a layup to start the scoring in the second quarter. Middlebrook fed Davenport for a second layup after an offensive rebound, and the first-year guard then set up senior Lyse Henshaw (Brunswick, Maine) for a three to open up a 27-11 Bates lead with 8:00 to go in the quarter, expanding Bates' run to 20-2.
UMF finally responded with 10 unanswered points, including a pair of 3-pointers by Fechtel, but Middlebrook and Henshaw both hit additional 3-pointers before the end of the half, giving Bates a 33-23 lead at the break.
UMF got within six points of Bates early in the third quarter but led 45-32 after three quarters. Davenport poured in nine points in the fourth quarter, making 2-of-2 3-pointers, and Lamere also hit both of her attempts from deep as the Bobcats' lead grew as high as 19 points.
Bates returns to action on Saturday, playing host to No. 8 Tufts at 3pm.