BANGOR, Maine — The Bates College Bobcats took a six-point halftime lead and then held off the Husson University Eagles for a 71-65 women’s basketball victory Tuesday night at Newman Gym.
The lead seesawed for much of the second half until Bates pulled away for a 62-55 advantage with about six minutes left. Husson’s Victoria McIntyre hit a 3-pointer to cut it to 68-61, but the Bobcats held the Eagles to just four points in the last few minutes to secure the victory.
Bernadette Connors paced Bates (2-1) with 18 points, two assists and three steals. Mollly Brown chipped in with 17 points, Kristin Calvo added 13 and Chelsea Nelson netted 12. Allie Coppola contributed with 9 points and 20 rebounds.
Chandler Guerrette sparked Husson (0-1) with 24 points and four rebounds. McIntyre finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals. Stephanie Comstock chipped in with 11 points and four rebounds.
Bates held Husson to a 37.3 percent effort from the floor (25 of 61). Husson had a slight rebounding edge of 43-42.
UNH 84, Thomas 36
At Lundholm Gym in Durham, New Hampshire, Jaleen Smith scored nine first-half points and Tanner Leissner added seven as the Division I Wildcats surged to a 37-14 first-half lead en route to the win over the Division III Terriers of Waterville.
UNH, now 1-1, went mostly with its reserves in the second half and three of them hit double-figure scoring as Frank Okeke and John Edwards each put in 12 points and Ronnel Johnson netted 11.
Levi Barnes sparked Thomas with 12 points, 10 in the first half, and Eric Westbrooks chipped in with eight points.
UNH outrebounded Thomas 51-24.