The women’s basketball team picked up an important road win on Saturday heading into their final week of the regular season, defeating Trinity 77-61. It was not their only game, however, as the day before they took on undefeated Amherst, losing 63-44.
Sophomore Nina Davenport led the charge against an undefeated team Amherst squad with 15 points, scoring seven of the Bobcats’ nine points in the first quarter. However, Amherst, the number three team in the nation, went on a series of runs throughout the game that eventually gave them a 39-22 at halftime.
Juniors Allie Coppola and Bernadette Connors helped keep Bates in the game, but a key 15-3 run by Amherst meant that they pulled away. Eventually, behind 40% shooting from the field compared to Bates’ 29.6%, Amherst got the victory.
The next day against Trinity, senior Chelsea Nason scored a career-high 22 points, which was crucial in Bates getting the victory. Davenport also continued her solid season, also scoring 22 points to go along with a career-high 15 rebounds.
With the victory, the Bobcats sit at 7-13 overall and 3-6 in the NESCAC at press time. The team also secured a spot in the NESCAC Championships, their first trip to the postseason since the 2012-13 season.
The women will next be in action on Friday when they hit the road to take on Babson.