BRUNSWICK, Maine -- First-years Mia Roy and Amaari Williams continued their impressive starts to the season in the Bates women's basketball team's 107-52 loss at No. 1 nationally ranked Bowdoin Saturday afternoon.
Roy (Bedford, N.H.) poured in a team-high 12 points to go along with two rebounds and two steals. Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y.) tallied 11 points on 4-8 shooting, a team-high six rebounds and a steal. Sophomore Julia Middlebrook (Ridgefield, Conn.) turned in a well-balanced performance with nine points, four rebounds, a team-high three assists and a steal.
The Polar Bears (8-0) never trailed, hitting their first four shots and taking a 10-0 lead less than two minutes into the game. Bowdoin led 23-3 less than six minutes into the game and held a 28-10 lead after one period. The Polar Bears continued their red-hot shooting in the second quarter, outscoring Bates 35-7 and connected on 66% from the field. In all, Bowdoin shot 60% from the field in the first half and 72.7% (8-11) from three-point range to hold a 63-17 advantage at halftime.
Bates played Bowdoin to an 18-18 tie in the third quarter. Roy scored five of her 12 points in the third and first-year Ariana Dalia (Brick, N.J.) sparked Bates with four points in six minutes.
Overall, the Polar Bears held Bates to just 31% from the field and forced 14 turnovers while also holding a 53-27 advantage in rebounding over the Bobcats. Thirteen different Polar Bears scored, including five in double-figures. Taylor Choate scored a game-high 15 points while Moira Train added 11 points off the bench. Sela Kay, Maddie Hasson and Abby Kelly each added 10 points for Bowdoin. Kelly grabbed a game-high eight rebounds while Kay and Samantha Roy had four assist each.
Bates (3-3) returns to action on December 31 at Springfield College, with the tip set for 1:00 p.m.