Big second quarter carries Trinity past women's basketball 59-49 on Senior Night

Senior captain Erika Lamere scored five points, grabbed three rebounds, dished out an assist and blocked a shot on her Senior Night against Trinity. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates women's basketball team went toe-to-toe with Trinity for most of the game but a big second quarter pushed the Bantams past the Bobcats by a final score of 59-49 Friday night at Alumni Gymnasium.

On Senior Night, the Bobcats (11-12, 2-8 NESCAC) honored senior captain Erika Lamere (Weston, Mass.) before the game. Bates' lone senior went on to score five points, grab three rebounds, tally an assist and block one shot against Trinity. 

Courtney Erickson paced Trinity (19-4, 6-3 NESCAC) with a game-high 17 points. She also grabbed eight rebounds. Meanwhile, Bailey Hyland added 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Peace Kabari tallied seven points, a game-high 12 rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocked shots.

Junior Melanie Binkhorst (West Hartford, Conn.) led the Bobcats with 10 points and seven rebounds. She also dished out a pair of assists and recorded two steals. First-year Meghan Graff (South Portland, Maine) finished with nine points, two rebounds and three assists. Sophomore Julia Middlebrook (Ridgefield, Conn.) and first-year Mia Roy (Bedford, N.H.) added eight points each.

The first quarter was a back-and-forth battle, with Bates taking a 17-15 lead on a Roy three with 53 seconds remaining. Then Erickson tied the game at 17 with a layup at the buzzer. 

Erickson and Hyland took over in the second quarter, combining to score 13 of the Bantams' 16 points. Meanwhile, Bates struggled from the field, shooting 1-11, with Roy scoring Bates' only points.

Erickson scored back-to-back buckets to start the quarter before Roy hit a jumper to cut the Trinity lead to 21-19 with 7:12 left in the half. The Bantams proceeded to end the half on a 12-0 run, taking a 33-19 lead into halftime.

Bates cut the deficit to 36-27 with 6:44 left in the third quarter on a Binkhorst three. But that's the closest the Bobcats got down the stretch, with Trinity outscoring Bates by two in the third quarter to take a 46-30 lead.

The Bantams opened the fourth quarter on a 9-0 run to go up 55-30 before Bates righted the ship. The Bobcats answered with a 14-0 run of their own to close the gap to 55-44 with 2:10 left in the game. Middlebrook scored all eight of her points during this run. Trinity scored the next four points before Bates ended the game on a 5-0 run, outscoring the Bantams 19-13 in the fourth quarter.

For the game, Trinity shot 40.4% from the floor to Bates' 30.5%. Trinity also controlled things in the post, outscoring Bates 28-12 in the paint. 

Bates wraps up its season Monday when the Bobcats host the University of Southern Maine at 5:30pm.