First-year Erika Lamere rises for a layup as the Bobcats practice in Alumni Gym. John Neufeld/The Bates Student

First-year Erika Lamere rises for a layup as the Bobcats practice in Alumni Gym. John Neufeld/The Bates Student

Though they’ve been close until the very end in three of their first four games, Bates women’s basketball is still looking for their first win of the season. Outside of a blowout 102-46 defeat to number 17 nationally ranked University of New England, the Bobcats have lost their other three contests by a combined 22 points.

In their first outing of the season, Bates faced off against University of Maine Farmington. The Bobcats started well, taking a 23-17 halftime lead. UMF then responded by taking the third quarter 23-14, and Bates was never able to cut into their fourth quarter lead. While the game was evenly matched in most statistical categories, UMF gained a significant advantage by attempting 26 free throws (and making 18), whereas Bates was only 4-6 from the foul line. Nina Davenport ’18 led the Bobcats with 15 points, and first-year Madeline Foote chipped in with 12, including three buckets from long range.

After their forgettable loss to New England, Bates traveled to Gorham, Maine to take on the University of Southern Maine. Again, Bates had a strong start, knocking down three consecutive three-pointers to open the game, two from Davenport and one from senior Chelsea Nason. Davenport topped the Bobcats in scoring for the night with 15 points, and Nason contributed 12. But the Huskies recovered and ended up edging the first quarter, 18-17. Southern Maine slowly took control of the game, and though they never fully pulled away, the Bobcats could only manage to get as close as a three-point deficit in the fourth quarter, as USM won by a 65-56 score.

On Sunday, Colby came to town for the Bobcats’ first home game of the year. Junior Allie Coppola, the top rebounder in the NESCAC last season, had her best game of the 2015-16 campaign, scoring 15 points and collecting 10 rebounds. Bates stayed with Colby for the entire game, and trailed by just 43-40 after three quarters. Colby appeared to have things wrapped up when they seized a 59-50 lead with a little over two minutes remaining, yet the Bobcats made it interesting. Davenport connected on a three with 45 seconds left to cut the Colby advantage to 61-57, and then she stole the ball, giving Bates a chance to make it a one-possession game. Unfortunately, the Bobcats turned it over, and Colby won the game 62-57.

Bates travels to the Williams Classic this weekend, where they are scheduled to compete against Clarkson and Pine Manor. The Bobcats then return home for two final games before Winter Break, versus University of Maine Augusta on December 8 and Saint Joseph’s on December 10.