Women's basketball ends on a high note, evens record with 70-49 victory over USM

Erika Lamere and the Bates women's basketball team defeated Southern Maine 70-49 in the final game of the season on Feb. 11, 2019. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Ariana Dalia scored 19 points and Melanie Binkhorst added 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Bates women's basketball team finished the 2018-19 season on a high note, defeating the University of Southern Maine 70-49 Monday evening.

The Bobcats (12-12) outrebounded the visiting Huskies (13-10) 52-48 and held them to 25 percent shooting from the field for the game (17-68), including 15% (3-20) from beyond the arc. They were able to even their final record with four wins in their final six games.

The lone senior on the Bobcats, captain Erika Lamere (Weston, Mass.), scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds in her last college game.

Bates' leading scorer, first-year guard Meghan Graff, had an off night, shooting 1-13 and scoring two points while handing out a team-high three assists. Sophomore Julia Middlebrook (Ridgefield, Conn.) came off the bench to provide 11 points and six rebounds, and sophomore Taylor McVeigh (Hanson, Mass.) grabbed 10 rebounds to give Bates two players in double figures on the boards.

Alexa Srolovitz led Southern Maine with nine points. Jackie Luckhardt was held to 1-11 shooting for six points, but came up with 10 rebounds and three steals.

The Bobcats outscored the Huskies in all four quarters en route to their third victory in a row against their in-state rivals.

Sophomore Mia Roy (Bedford, N.H.) made a three and Dalia scored five points as Bates built a 14-7 lead in the first quarter and led 14-9 after one period.

Kristen Curley and Michelle Rowe gave USM a lift off the bench with four points apiece in the second quarter. A putback by Rowe cut Bates' lead to 16-13, and later her layup again made it a three-point game at 18-15. But Dalia (Brick, N.J.) continued to be a force, making her third layup while getting fouled for a three-point play. Dalia went into the half with 12 points and six boards.

Middlebrook keyed a 12-0 Bates run, assisting a Dalia layup before scoring on a layup and a three to make it 30-17 with 2:38 to go in the half. The Huskies scored the last six points of the half to close the gap to 32-23, with Curley contributing four points, a steal and a rebound in the burst.

Luckhardt narrowed the gap to 32-25 in the opening seconds of the third quarter, but Lamere quickly answered with a three. Bates took command as USM struggled shooting the ball, and a layup by Binkhorst and a Dalia three opened the lead to 40-25. Katie Howe made a three to cut the Huskies' deficit to 51-40 at the end of three quarters.

McVeigh converted an offensive putback to open the scoring in the fourth quarter. Bates followed with a three by Lamere and a three-point play by Binkhorst for a 59-40 advantage with 6:44 to go, and Bates was able to keep the Huskies away the rest of the game, ending the season in style.