LEWISTON, Maine – Ariana Dalia had 19 points to lead four players in double figures as the Bates College Bobcats defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies 70-49 in a non-conference women's basketball game. The Bobcats used a strong fourth quarter effort to pull away from the Huskies en route to the win.
With the loss Southern Maine is now 13-10 overall. Bates is 12-12 with the win and improves its record at home to 8-3.
Dalia was 6-for-10 from the field and added seven rebounds and two assists. Melanie Binkhorst added 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while Erika Lamere and Julia Middlebrook scored 13 and 11 points each.
Southern Maine struggled to find the bottom of the hoop shooting just 25.0 percent (17-for-68) from the field in the loss. Senior Alexa Srolovitz (Montreal, Quebec/New Hampton School) led the Huskies with nine points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal. Junior Kristina Blais (Lewiston, Maine) had seven points, while juniors Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.) and Katie Howe (New Boston, N.H./Goffstown) and freshman Michelle Rowe (Gorham, Maine) each had six points. Luckhardt led USM with 10 rebounds, and had two assists and three steals.
After falling behind early, Southern Maine rallied to trail by just three, 20-17, with 5:29 left in the second following a layup from Rowe, but Bates responded with a 12-0 run to establish a 32-17 lead with 1:38 to play in the half. Srolovitz ended the scoreless drought with a jumper and USM scored the final six points of the half to trail 32-23.
Luckhardt scored the first two points of the third for USM to bring the Huskies back to within seven, 32-25, but Bates again responded with run, this time 7-0, to lead 40-25 with 8:07 to go. USM chipped away at the lead and outscored the Bobcats 15-11 including a three from Howe to trail 51-40 at the end of the quarter. Bates put USM away early in the fourth scoring the first 10 points of the quarter as USM's shooting woes continued.
Southern Maine remains on the road but returns to Little East Conference action on Wednesday (5:30 p.m.) at Plymouth State.