Women's basketball wins by 48 points at UMaine-Machias

MACHIAS, Maine -- First-year guard Lyse Henshaw scored a game-high 12 points in a team-high 25 minutes of playing time as the Bates women's basketball team coasted to an 80-32 victory at the University of Maine Machias on Monday night.

The Bobcats (4-2) return home to host the University of Southern Maine tomorrow at 5:30pm. The host Clippers dropped to 1-5.

All five Bates starters played only 13 minutes in the game, including just the first two minutes of the second half. Senior Molly Brown (South Dartmouth, Mass.) led the starting five with 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while sophomore Bernadette Connors (Windham, N.H.) made all four of her field-goal attempts for eight points, in addition to three steals.

Senior Kristin Calvo (South Deerfield, Mass.) dished out five assists and made three steals.

Bates grabbed a 45-14 halftime lead, holding Machias to 25.0% shooting while making 46.2% from the field themselves. The Bobcats outrebounded the Clippers 21-11 in the period.

Henshaw (Brunswick, Maine) scored eight of her points in the second half, including two 3-pointers, as she and nine other reserves, all new to the team this season, gained valuable playing experience. First-year Kasey Hartung (Haverhill, Mass.) scored five points with three rebounds in the period, while classmate Alanna Morque (Rye, N.Y.) had four points and four rebounds.

Bates scored the first eight points of the game, with three points apiece by Brown and junior Chelsea Nason (Boxford, Mass.), and extended that into a 17-3 run to start the game, capped by baskets scored by first-year Emily Freedland (Marblehead, Mass.) and Morque. 

Machias's Brooklynne Lewis made a jumper to cut it to 23-9 with 9:46 left in the half before Bates began a 16-2 run to open up a 39-11 lead with 4:52 to go. Brown made three baskets in a row to start the run while sophomore Allie Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) added three more two-pointers. Sophomore Alexa Goldman (Swampscott, Mass.), Henshaw and first-year Alex Buonfiglio (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) scored two points apiece as Bates scored the last six points of the half for a 45-14 edge at intermission.

The Bobcats extended the run to 17-0 by scoring the first 11 points of the second half in less than two minutes, before head coach Jim Murphy pulled the starters off the floor for good with a 56-14 lead.

Lewis and Alicen Brooks led the Clippers with seven points apiece.