BANGOR, Maine -- Senior captain Erika Lamere scored a game- and career-high 16 points, leading the Bates women's basketball team to a 68-44 non-conference victory at Husson University Tuesday night.
Bates (11-11) evened its record and ended the host Eagles' (15-7) win streak at eight games. The Bobcats have two home games remaining in the season: the NESCAC finale against Trinity Friday at 7pm, and Monday's 5:30pm non-conference game against Southern Maine.
Lamere (Weston, Mass.) made 6-of-11 shots from the field, including 4-7 from three-point territory. First-year Ariana Dalia (Brick, N.J.) added 12 points and seven rebounds. First-year Meghan Graff (South Portland, Maine), named New England and Maine Rookie of the Week today, chipped in with 11 points and a season-high seven assists.
Bates outrebounded Husson 44-38, led by sophomore Taylor McVeigh's (Hanson, Mass.) nine-rebound performance. The Bobcats also shot 13-for-29 (.448) from three-point range, outscoring the Eagles in all four quarters.
Five players made multiple 3-pointers, including 3-5 long-distance shooting by first-year Mia Roy (Bedford, N.H.) and 2-4 shooting by sophomore Julia Middlebrook (Ridgefield, Conn.), both from off the bench. Dalia hit 2-4 shots from deep and junior Melanie Binkhorst (West Hartford, Conn.) made 2-of-5.
Kenzie Worcester led Husson with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Logan Huckins added 10 points.
Binkhorst made back-to-back threes midway through the first quarter to give Bates a 12-4 lead. Dalia added a layup and answered a Husson hoop with a 3-pointer of her own for a 17-6 Bates lead. Husson closed out the quarter with a 5-0 run to narrow the gap to 17-11.
But Bates picked up the pace again to start the second quarter, extending the advantage to 22-11 with a three by Roy and a steal and breakaway layup by Dalia. Dalia's jumper with 6:46 left in the quarter put Bates ahead by double digits for good at 24-13. The Bobcats went into halftime with a 32-20 lead, then extended it by outscoring the Eagles 21-12 in the third quarter. Lamere, Graff and Roy scored six points apiece in the breakaway third period.