Following a defeat to No. 24 nationally ranked Connecticut College, Bates women’s basketball earned a gritty 59-53 victory over Wesleyan on Saturday at Alumni Gymnasium to record their second NESCAC win of the season.

The Bobcats fell behind early in their matchup against Connecticut College, trailing 35-15 by halftime. Though Bates responded well and got as close as 50-47, the Camels shut the Bobcats down in the fourth quarter to seal the win. For the game, Bates shot only 31% (18-58). Junior guard Bernadette Connors led the team with 17 points.

Despite making an identical number of field goals in Saturday’s contest with Wesleyan, Bates managed a victory thanks to their stellar defensive effort and clutch play. The three-point shot was a critical weapon for Bates, with freshman Madeline Foote, sophomores Lyse Henshaw, Nina Davenport, Emily Freedland, and senior Chelsea Nason all connected from long range.

Connors was integral as well, scoring ten points, collecting nine rebounds, and distributing four assists. Davenport added a game-high 19 points, which helped the Bobcats to victory despite being outscored 32-14 in the paint, and outrebounded 43-36.

Bates concludes their five-game home series this Saturday versus the Tufts Jumbos at 3:00 PM. If they can add another win to their triumphs over Hamilton and Wesleyan, they’ll finish the homestand with a winning record. At the moment, the team is eighth in the NESCAC standings, so the next few games will be crucial to their hopes of qualifying for the NESCAC tournament and making a postseason run in their first year under head coach Alison Montgomery.