Women’s basketball has had a tough season thus far. With the two most recent losses to Wesleyan and Conn College, the Bobcats drop to 7-13 overall and 0-6 in NESCAC play. Senior captain Meredith Kelly believes the team needs to put the weekend behind them, saying, “We need to take the positives out of the losses this past weekend and build off that, while also working on the areas we need to improve on.” The team looks to make these improvements for their next NESCAC game vs. Williams on Friday.
This past Friday night, Wesleyan prevailed 72-59. Despite being down 39-31 at the half, Bates kept fighting on-eventually tying the game 50-50 with ten minutes left in the game. Unfortunately the Cardinals went on an 18-5 run, led by senior Jenna Klaes. Leading scorers for Bates were seniors Meredith Kelly with 15 points and Julia Rafferty with 13. Sophomore Chelsea Nelson scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds while freshman Allie Coppola had 10 points and 14 rebounds, her fifth double-double of the season. Wesleyan’s bench put up 32 points and recorded 30 points in the paint whereas Bates only had 6 and 12, respectively. Kelly addressed this issue saying, “We need to step up our defense and limit teams to taking more difficult shots.”
The next day the Bobcat’s were at it again, facing a tough Conn College team. The Camel’s prevailed 64-56 as senior Meredith Kelly scored a game high 24 points. Bates tied the game 51-51 with 5:53 left to play but Conn ended the game with a 13-5 drive. Top scorers for Bates were Kelly, junior Allaina Murphy (12 pts, 8 rebounds), and freshman Allie Coppola (8 pts, 7 rebounds). Kelly moved into tenth place on Bate’s all time scoring list with 1,131 points. Despite her individual success, Kelly is more focused on the team’s success. “The main goal is to make NESCAC playoffs. That’s all I, as well as the rest of the team, is focused on.”
The team has one week of hard work before facing a talented William’s team next Friday.