LEWISTON, Maine -- The Colby College women's basketball team led 54-52 with 5:25 left in the game, but Bates College used a 12-3 scoring run the rest of the way to pull away for a 64-57 win in the NESCAC opener for both teams Friday.
Despite a 44-23 rebounding advantage for the Bobcats, Colby managed to stay in the game. The Mules will play at top-seeded Tufts University on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Allie Coppola had 24 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Bobcats.
Haley Driscoll had 14 points on 7-for-12 shooting for the Mules. Emily Davis added 12 points and five rebounds, while Katie McCrum (pictured) had 11 points and four assists. MK Caverly finished with nine points, four steals, and three assists. Ainsley Burns added eight points and five assists.
Bates (4-8, 1-0 NESCAC) outscored the Mules (6-5, 0-1 NESCAC) 16-8 in the fourth quarter behind 12 points from Coppola, including a 3-pointer with 2:57 to go in the game. Coppola made 10 of 11 shots from the field in the game.
The Mules led 54-52 when Bates had a sequence where it had three offensive rebounds before Coppola scored to tie it at 54-54 with 5:02 to play.
After the Mules turned the ball over, Coppola made a layup to put Bates up 56-54. The Mules turned the ball over again and Coppola drilled a three from the left wing, extending the lead to 59-54.
Bates made 16-of-20 free throws on the night, compared to Colby's four made free throws in 10 attempts.
A Driscoll jumper with 58 seconds to go in the half cut the Bobcat lead to 35-29 heading into intermission.