WATERVILLE, Maine -- Three first-years scored in double figures and the Bates women's basketball team took control of the game in the third quarter to defeat the Thomas College Terriers 74-59 Saturday afternoon.
First-year Ariana Dalia (Brick, N.J.) tallied her second double-double in as many days, pouring in a game-high 20 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. She also recorded four steals and dished out a pair of assists. First-years Mia Roy (Bedford, N.H.) and Meghan Graff (South Portland, Maine) scored 14 points apiece, with Graff tallying a game-high six steals. Sophomore Taylor McVeigh (Hanson, Mass.) just missed a double-double, finishing with eight points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
The Bobcats (2-0) led 30-24 at halftime before dominating the third quarter by a count of 24-12.
Up 30-26, Dalia drilled a three to extend the lead to 33-26 and after a Terrier bucket, she answered with another three to extend the Bates lead to 36-28 with 8:12 remaining in the third. The Terriers scored again but then the Bobcats got a layup from Graff and an old fashioned three-point play from Dalia to go up 44-32.
Dalia scored 14 of her 20 points in the third quarter alone. She hit 5-7 of her shot attempts in the quarter and hauled in six rebounds. Bates scored the final four points of the third quarter to take a 54-36 lead into the fourth.
The Bobcats opened up a 23-point lead, their largest of the game, on a Graff layup with 5:31 remaining in the game.
Bates won the game by 15 points but both teams shot the ball about the same, with the Bobcats shooting 41.7% from the field and Thomas finishing with a 41.1% effort. Rebounding proved to be the difference in the game, with Bates tallying 48 rebounds to the Terriers' 34. The Bobcats recorded 19 second chance points while Thomas managed just four. The 15-point difference was the same as the Bobcats' margin of victory.
Lexi Colpack paced the Terriers (0-4) with 11 points on 4-8 shooting off the bench.
The Bobcats have a 2-0 record for the first time since the 2008-09 season. Bates will try to start 3-0 for the first time since 2004-05 when Southern Maine visits Alumni Gymnasium Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.