Women’s basketball takes control early, tops Colby-Sawyer 66-50

Sophomore Taylor McVeigh grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds as the Bates College women's basketball team defeated Colby-Sawyer 66-50 on Monday, Jan. 21 in Alumni Gym. (Phyllis Graber Jensen for Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine—The Bates College women's basketball team took the lead 1:29 into the first quarter and never looked back, holding on to the lead for the rest of the game and topping Colby Sawyer 66-50 in a non-conference contest played Monday night in Alumni Gym.

With the victory the Bobcats surpassed their win total from last season improving to 8-8 overall. The Chargers fall to 11-7 this year.

First-year Meghan Graff (South Portland, Maine) led the Bobcats with 19 points. She was 8-for-16 from the field and 3-for-7 from the three-point line. She also grabbed seven boards and dished out a team-high five assists. Sophomore Julia Middlebrook (Ridgefield, Conn.) also reached double figures in scoring, notching 10 points. She handed out three assists. Sophomore Taylor McVeigh (Hanson, Mass.) registered a season-high 13 rebounds and chipped in six points. Junior Melanie Binkhorst (West Hartford, Conn.) and first-year Mia Roy (Bedford, N.H.) logged nine points each, while first-year Ariana Dalia (Brick, N.J.) grabbed eight boards and had three assists. Bates shot 40.6 percent from the three-point arc, going 13-for-32.

The Bobcats led by as many as 14 in the first quarter, going up 23-9 after Binkhorst connected for a three-pointer with 2:16 left in the opening period. Bates scored the first six points of the second half and went on a 18-6 run to build a 20-point lead with 4:58 left in the second quarter. Mia Roy and Graff each had four points in the run on a free throw and a three-pointer. The Bobcats led 46-32 going into halftime.

Bates out-scored Colby-Sawyer 10-7 in the third to take a 17-point lead into the final 10 minutes. The Chargers tallied the first four points of the fourth quarter, but back-to-back threes from Graff and Binkhorst extended the Bates advantage to 62-43 with 6:33 remaining. The Chargers responded with the next five points, but jump shots from Graff and McVeigh put the Bobcats back on top by 18. Tianna Sugars made a layup with 26 seconds to go for the final score.  

Sugars led Colby-Sawyer with a game-high 17 points. She also led the Chargers with nine rebounds and three blocks. Sugars went 7-for-11 from the field. Lexie Hamilton added 10 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Chargers.

The Bobcats will be back in action on Friday, Jan. 25, when they travel to play a NESCAC contest at Wesleyan. Game time is set for 7 p.m.