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Bates Shoots Past Women's Basketball, 69-63

Bates Shoots Past Women's Basketball, 69-63

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Visiting Bates College knocked down eight of its season-high eight three-pointers in the second half on the way to defeating Babson College, 69-63, in non-conference women's basketball action on Wednesday afternoon at Staake Gymnasium.

Babson, which had its two-game winning streak snapped, falls to 6-3 on the year, while Bates improves to 4-6 overall with its second consecutive victory.

Junior Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) led all players with 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting to go along with nine rebounds for the Beavers. Classmate Tea Spellacy (Belchertown, Mass.) added eight points, while fellow junior Elizabeth Lane (Skaneateles, N.Y.) and first-year Hailey Reynolds (Ramsey, N.J.) grabbed six boards apiece.

Sophomore Melanie Binkhorst (West Hartford, Conn.) led five players in double figures with 17 points and eight rebounds for the Bobcats. Seniors. Nina Davenport (Freeport, Maine) finished with 14 points, eight boards, three steals and three blocks, while Emily Freedland (Marblehead, Mass.) added 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc.

Neither squad led by more than five in a first half that featured five ties and 11 lead changes. The Green and White trailed by two after one quarter, but got a pair of three-pointers from first-year Nicole Hiller (Rocky Hill, Conn.) and another from Reynolds to pull even at 29-29 going into the locker room.

Freedland knocked down a pair of three-pointers as part of a 12-4 run that pushed the Bates lead to 43-35 with 3:40 to go in the third quarter. The Beavers rattled off an 11-3 spurt to pull even on a three-point play by Ouimette with 34 seconds to go in the frame, but Freedland buried another deep triple just before the buzzer to give the visitors a 49-46 edge going to the fourth.

Babson got as close as one early in the final stanza, but continued to answer as Davenport hit a pair of trifectas around a hoop by senior Lyse Henshaw (Brunswick, Maine) to extend its advantage to 60-52 with 5:32 remaining. The Green and White got as close as six on a layup by Ouimette just over a minute later, but first-year Julia Middlebrook (Ridgefield, Conn.) buried a three-pointer two possessions later to give the Bobcats a 65-56 lead, their biggest of the game, at the 3:34 mark.

The Beavers, who finished with a 47-36 edge on the glass, shot 37.3 percent from the floor and tied their season high with 24 turnovers.

Bates shot just 35.7 percent overall, but scored 18 points off of turnovers and 16 second-chance points.

Both teams return to action on December 30 at 3 p.m. as Babson takes on Colby at the Naismith Invitational in Springfield, while the Bobcats host Husson.

• The Beavers are now 10-19 all-time against Bates.
• Babson, which came into the game averaging 17.0 second-chance points over its last five games, scored 16 against the Bobcats.
• After not making a three-point field goal for the first time in 54 games in Monday's win over Roanoke, the Green and White went 5-of-12 from long distance in Wednesday's loss.