Women's basketball shoots past Trinity, 82-77

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Bates women's basketball team got hot early and didn’t cool off, taking advantage of 10 3-pointers in handing Trinity an 82-77 loss in NESCAC action Saturday afternoon. The host Bantams drop to 13-8 overall and 4-4 in the NESCAC while Bates improves to 11-10 overall and 4-5 in the league.

Bates senior Taryn O’Connell (Georgetown, Mass.) opened the game with two three-pointers, setting the tone for the first half, and  a 31-27 lead at halftime.

Bates opened the second half with a three by senior Allie Beaulieu (Swampscott, Mass.), who finished the game 5-for-7 from beyond the arc for a team-high 17 points. The Bobcats distanced themselves as the period progressed, building a lead of 16 points with 8:51 to play in the game. But the Bantams didn’t go down quite yet. Over the ensuing five minutes of action, Trinity went on a 12-0 run to cut the lead to four – a run that started and ended with buckets by rookie Mackenzie Griffin, who finished with a game-high 22 points in 22 minutes on the court.

Beaulieu stopped the bleeding with a pair of free throws, as Bates held the lead down the stretch, going 17-18 from the free throw line, led by junior Meredith Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.), who went 6-6 from the line in the home stretch, finishing the game 8-8 from the stripe. Bates sophomore Molly Brown (South Dartmouth, Mass.) iced the win for the Bobcats with a pair of free throws in the final seconds.

Bates went 10-18 from long range (56 percent), and 26-29 from the line (90 percent). Five Bobcats scored in double figures, including junior Julia Rafferty's (Reading, Mass.) season-high 12 points to go with five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Brown and O'Connell scored 15 points apiece, with Brown grabbing a team-high seven rebounds and O'Connell dishing a team-high five assists, and Kelly added 14 points.

Griffin and sophomore Hannah Brickley combined for 40 points on 16-27 shooting from the floor, going 8-8 from the line for Trinity. The pair also picked up 11 rebounds. Taylor Murtaugh collected 15 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Bantams.

Bates hosts Hamilton next Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7pm in its NESCAC finale (Video / Live Stats).