Bates gave Southern Maine, the No. 1 team in New England at the time, a battle on Jan. 17 before falling, 73-62. The Huskies could not shake the Bobcats in the first half, as Bates trailed by just three at the break, 38- 35. The Bobcats hung close and took their only lead of the second half with 11:40 remaining on an offensive rebound by first-year guard Colleen McCrave. Southern Maine scored the next eight points, however, and pulled away from there. First-year forward A.T. Taylor was one of three Bates players acheiving double-doubles, leading the squad with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while junior center Sarah Bonkovsky added 13 points and 10 rebounds. McCrave pitched in 12 pointsand 10 boards.
Bates rebounded nicely, dropping Savannah College of Art and Design, 75- 48. The Bees entered the game with a 10-4 record, and the two teams were even through the first 10 minutes of the contest. Bates went on a 12-4 spurt over a three and a half minutes span that extended a slim 13- 12 lead to a 25-16 bulge, highlighted by 3-point baskets by junior forward Nicole Woodson and first-year forward Kristen Porter. From there, the Bobcats closed out the second half by outscoring the Bees 16-3 over the last 7:10 to go to the break with a 43-25 lead. Bonkovsky led all players with 27 points and 13 rebounds, while Taylor had 15 points and McCrave had 12 rebounds, 12 assists and seven steals on the day.
The Bobcats survived their next game, a 79-75 affair with the University of New England. The first half was a back-and forth-affair, with Bates taking a lead it would not relinquish about four and a half minutes into the game, when they went on a 10-2 run to take a 16-9 lead. Though the Knights closed to within 28-25 with 7:28 remaining after an 8-2 run of their own, the Bobcats immediately went on a 15-2 run over the next five minutes, capped by a 3-pointed by Taylor, who had a game-high 15 first- half points. Bonkovsky had 14 points and eight rebounds for Bates at the break. Bates went into the locker room with a 45-34 halftime advantage, including 12-of-14 from the free throw line, while UNE did not get to the charity stripe once. Bates maintained its 11 point cushion for much of the second half. UNE put on its big run with three minutes to go in the game. With the score 75-63, Bates, UNE went on an 11-2 run, bringing them within 77-74 with 39.1 seconds left. After Bates turned the ball over, UNE got two good looks at the basket, but Porter, who was making her first collegiate start, pulled down a huge rebound with 8.1 seconds left. She was fouled immediately and coolly sank both free throws to put the game out of reach, 79-74. Bates was led by Taylor's 23 points and 18 points and 11 rebounds from Bonkovsky, while Porter had a season-high 11 points.
Bates lost to the Unversity of Southern Maine on Jan. 17, 85-79, in a hard fought, physical contest. Trailing 24-12 midway through the first half, the Bobcats scored 17 of the next 22 points to tie the game, 29-29. The run was highlighted by a pair of big 3-pointers by senior forward Jon White. The teams traded baskets for the rest of the half, with USM holding a 38-35 lead. Bates came out strong in the first half, opening on a 12-4 run over the first 3:21, capped by a Matt Garvey 3-pointer. The Bobcats took their largest lead of the game at 62-51 on another Garvey trifecta with eight minutes remaining. At that point, however, the Huskies took over, outscoring Bates 34-17 the rest of the way, including 21-10 in the last 4:02 to take the win. garvey led the way with 23 points, while senior guard Adam Piandes had 17 points and five assists and White hit for a season high 12.
Western New England College was stubborn, but eventually fell, 104-94. In a see-saw first half, the teams stayed within two baskets of each other until the Bobcats put together an 11-0 run over 1:30, starting with a Jesse Strandberg put-back with 7:25 to go to make a 27-25 Bates deficit into a 36-27 lead. WNEC closed the gap over the remaining 5:55 to make the halftime score 45-40, Bates. Junior forward Mike Marsh led Bates with 11 points, while senior center Jay Lowe's 5 rebounds was tops on the Bobcats. Bates would not give up the lead in the second half, though WNEC clawed its way back. The Golden Bears went on an 11-4 run starting at 16:30 of the second to cut a 54-46 Bates lead to 58-57, but Bates took control of the game at the 13:24 mark of the second half. Over the next six minutes, the Bobcats went on a 20-8 run that took extended a slim 60-59 lead to the game's largest bulge, 14 points, at 81-67. Garvey hit on three 3-pointers in that run to aid the Bobcats' explosion. The Bobcats cruised from there to the 104-94 final. Garvey led all scorers in the game with 32, knocking down 7-of-14 3-pointers and nine-for-nine from the line. Five other Bobcats reached double figures: Lowe (16 pts., team-high nine rebounds); Marsh (13 pts., 5 reb.); Piandes (13 pts., 8 assists); White and Strandberg (10 pts., six reb. each).
On Saturday, Bates put up a valiant effort, but fell, 98-70. The Bobcats stayed close to the No. 1 Ephs for most of the first half. With the score 36-35, Bates, Williams went on a 15-2 run over the final 3:15 of the half to take a 50-38 lead into the locker room. Piandes had 21 points and seven assists in the game, while Garvey had 20 points and five rebounds.
After losing the opening race of the meet, the women rallied to come in first in all but one event after that. 13 different swimmers set season or personal best records. Multiple winners for the Bobcats were senior Melissa Sander in the 200 freestyle (2:03.40) and 200 butterfly (2:16.66), sophomore Denby Johnson in the 200 individual medley (2:19.54) and 100 backstroke (1:03.54) and sophomore Kate Gibson in the 1M and 3M diving (200.50 and 225.05).
Though the men fell, first-year diver Dave Burke continued to rewrite the Bates recordbooks. He won both the 1M and 3M diving (232.25 & 260.30), setting a new school mark for the 3M diving competition. He has now broken a Bates diving record in three of the six meets he has participated in his college career. Other winners for the Bobcats were senior co- captain Chris Eastman in the 1000 freestyle (10:48.67), sophomore Steve Simmons in the 200 butterfly (2:05.26). Despite the score, 13 swimmers set season or personal bests in the meet.
For the season so far, 15 women and 12 men have qualified for the NCAA Division III New England Championships. The women's team boasts a 4-2 record, while the men stand at 2-4.
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