WATERVILLE, Maine -- Sophomore Taylor McVeigh scored a career-high 18 points and first-year Ariana Dalia recorded a double-double to propel the Bates women's basketball team to a 68-52 win over Johnson & Wales Friday night at the Terrier Tip-Off on the campus of Thomas College.
McVeigh (Hanson, Mass.) made 7-14 shots from the floor, grabbed five rebounds and recorded two steals on the evening. She surpassed her previous career-high of 15 points which came last season at Hamilton. Dalia (Brick, N.J.) tallied 11 points on 5-9 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds. She also dished out three assists and recorded two steals of her own. First-year Mia Roy (Bedford, N.H.) chipped in five points, a game-high five assists and four rebounds.
The Bobcats (1-0) trailed the Wildcats (0-1) by three points at halftime and the game stood tied at 45 at the end of three quarters. But Bates took control in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Wildcats by a count of 23-7.
McVeigh's layup with 9:32 remaining in the game gave the Bobcats the lead for good.
Up 53-49 with 6:32 left in regulation, Bates went on a 10-0 run to end the Wildcats' hopes of a comeback. McVeigh scored nine of her 18 points in the fourth quarter and Roy scored all of five of her points down the stretch. Junior Melanie Binkhorst (West Hartford, Conn.) tallied four of her nine points in the fourth quarter and grabbed four of her seven rebounds as well.
The Bobcats jumped out to a 21-15 lead in the first quarter thanks to a balanced offensive attack that saw six different players get in the scoring column early in the contest. But the Wildcats rallied, outscoring the Bobcats 17-9 in the second quarter as Bates went cold from the field. After making 10-19 shots in the first quarter, the Bobcats only hit 2-15 of their field goal attempts in the second quarter.
Bates righted the ship and finished the contest shooting a solid 40.9% from the floor to the Wildcats' 33.9%. The Bobcats dominated on the glass, out-rebounding the Wildcats 55-36 on the night.
First-year Amaari Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y.) chipped in nine points, five rebounds and three assists off the bench. Fellow first-year Meghan Graff (South Portland, Maine) tallied six points and dished out four assists. Sophomore Julia Middlebrook (Ridgefield, Conn.) did not miss a field goal attempt on her way to eight points, six rebounds and an assist.
Britney Gallagher paced the Wildcats with 13 points on 3-13 shooting and four rebounds.
The Bobcats will try to repeat their strong opening performance Saturday afternoon when they take on the host Thomas College Terriers at 3pm. Bates is looking for its first 2-0 start since the 2008-09 season.