NEW LONDON, Conn. -- The Bates women's basketball team held a halftime lead but the Connecticut College Camels put together a strong second half to defeat the Bobcats 73-52 Saturday afternoon.
Sami Ashton and Margaret Corcoran scored 17 points apiece to lead the Camels (12-8, 3-4 NESCAC) past the Bobcats (8-10, 1-6 NESCAC) on Saturday. Caroline Pangallo added 14 points and Kylie Caouette scored 13 off the bench.
Junior Melanie Binkhorst (West Hartford, Conn.) led the way for Bates with 13 points on 5-6 shooting. She also pulled down six rebounds. First-year Ariana Dalia (Brick, N.J.) scored 10 points and pulled down six rebounds of her own. Senior captain Erika Lamere (Weston, Mass.) added 10 points, hitting a pair of three-pointers for the Bobcats.
Trailing 20-16 after the first quarter, Bates outscored the Camels 14-9 in the second quarter. Sophomore Taylor McVeigh (Hanson, Mass.) started the quarter with back-to-back buckets to tie the game at 20. The Camels went on a 5-0 run to grab a 25-20 lead. Then first-year Meghan Graff (South Portland, Maine) hit a pair of free throws and Binkhorst knocked down a jumper to cut the deficit to 25-24. A Graff layup followed by two consecutive Dalia layups put the Bobcats ahead 30-25 with 3:39 left in the first half.
Pangallo answered on the other end with a three to trim the Bates lead to two. A Corcoran free throw with 1:34 left made the score 30-29 in favor of Bates.
Pangallo opened the third quarter with a jumper but Binkhorst answered with a jumper of her own to put Bates ahead 32-31 with 8:37 remaining in the third. The teams battled back-and-forth, with Lamere tying the game at 38 on a three-pointer with 4:39 left in the quarter. Caouette responded with back-to-back threes, putting the Camels ahead for good at 44-38 with 3:59 to go in the third. Dalia hit a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to four but the Camels ended the quarter on a 4-0 run to take a 48-40 lead into the final 10 minutes of action.
Another Lamere three cut the Camel lead to 50-43 with 9:02 left in the game. Connecticut College responded a big way by going on a 14-0 run to secure the victory over Bates. A pair of Ashton free throws with 4:00 left put the Camels up 64-43. Connecticut College outscored Bates 25-12 in the final quarter.
The Bobcats look to bounce back Tuesday when they host Regis in non-conference action. Tip is set for 7pm.