Burns has 26 points to lead women's basketball past Bates

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Ainsley Burns finished with 26 points and three assists as the Colby College women's basketball team held on for a 62-52 non-conference win over Bates College on Tuesday at Wadsworth Gymnasium.
 
The Mules improve to 4-2 overall, while Bates drops to 3-2.
 
By the numbers
* Burns was 11-for-19 from the field, 2-of-4 from 3-point range, and made both of her free throws. She had no turnovers in the game.
 
* Davis (pictured) was 3-for-6 from the field and had five offensive rebounds. Keagan Dunbar had nine points, six rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Sarah Hancock had a game-high six assists for the Mules, while Katie McCrum had seven points, six rebounds, and three assists. Grace Coutu had six rebounds and a pair of blocked shots, and teammate Paige Russell finished with seven points and five boards.
 
* Meghan Graff led the Bobcats with 17 points, two assists, and two steals. 
 
* Amaari Williams came off the bench and had 15 points and five rebounds for Bates. Taylor McVeigh had a team-high eight rebounds, while Ariana Dalia had five points and five rebounds. Mia Roy finished with seven points.
 
Game highlights
* Colby seemed to be in control in the first half, leading 18-10 after one quarter and 36-22 at intermission. Davis had six points and eight boards in the first half.
 
* The Bobcats came out strong in the third quarter and used an 18-6 run to cut the lead to 42-40 with 1:13 to play. With the score 45-43, Burns hit a layup to make it 47-43 after three quarters.
 
* Neither team could manage a point in the opening two minutes of the fourth quarter. Coutu hit two free throws and Burns added another inside basket to stretch the lead to 51-43 and give Colby some needed breathing room.
 
Up next
* Colby plays at 16th-ranked St. Joseph's College on Thursday at 6 p.m.
 
* Bates heads to top-ranked Bowdoin for a 3 p.m. game Saturday.