Women’s basketball takes down Regis 61-31

First-year Meghan Graff led the Bates women's basketball team scoring 17 points in a 61-31 non-conference victory over Regis College on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 in Alumni Gym. (File photo by Samuel Mironko '21 for Bates College) 

LEWISTON, Maine—The Bates College women's basketball team outscored Regis College 34-12 in the second half, defeating the Pride 61-31 in a non-conference game played Tuesday night in Alumni Gym. First-year Meghan Graff (South Portland, Maine) led the Bobcats with 17 points in the victory.

Bates improves to 9-10 this season, while Regis falls to 7-13 this year. McGraff went 6-for-10 from the field and was a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line. Sophomore Taylor McVeigh (Hanson, Mass.) grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and scored seven points. Senior Erika Lamere (Weston, Mass.) snagged seven boards, notched nine points and logged two blocks. Sophomore Julia Middlebrook (Ridgefield, Conn.) added seven rebounds, seven points and two steals. First-year Ariana Dalia (Brick, N.J.) had a game-high three steals. Junior Melanie Binkhorst (West Hartford, Conn.) was also a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line and added a total of six points in the win. The Bobcats shot 90 percent from the free throw line as a team (9-for-10).

Tonight's 31 points for Regis were the fewest points Bates has allowed in a game since holding Maine-Machias to 27 points in December of 2013, and the fewest points the Bobcats have allowed in a game against a Division III opponent since holding Newbury to 26 points in December of 2006. 
 
Sam D'Angelo led Regis with seven points. Katryna Veasey recorded a team-high seven rebounds, chipped in five points and logged two blocks. Valerie Martin added six points. Bates held the Pride to 20.8 percent shooting from the field and 12.5 percent from behind the arc.

The Bobcats built a 15-7 lead in the first quarter. Middlebrook scored a team-high five points in the opening period. In the second quarter, Graff led the way for Bates, recording nine of the Bobcats' 12 points and giving them s a 27-19 lead at the break.

Regis got within six on a jump shot by Martin with 7:49 left in the third, but the Bobcats closed out the third quarter with a 17-5 run. Lamere tallied nine points in the scoring spree, hitting three shots from behind the arc. Bates out-scored Regis 17-5 in the final quarter for the final score. First-year Mia Roy (Bedford, N.H.) was the high scorer for Bates in the final period, logging four points.

The Bobcats are back in action on Friday, Feb. 1, when they travel to take on Hamilton in a NESCAC contest at 7 p.m.