NORTHFIELD, Vt. -- Sophomore guard Mia Roy broke out with 24 points and seven steals, both career highs, to lead the Bates women's basketball team to its second straight road victory, 58-41 at Norwich University on Wednesday.
Roy (Bedford, N.H.) shot 9-for-18 from the field, 2-4 from three-point distance and 4-5 at the free throw line to surpass her previous career high of 22 points, set against Saint Joseph's (Me.) on Dec. 1, 2018. It was also her season high by nine points. Roy's seven steals were four more than her previous career high and her five rebounds were also a career best.
Roy led all scorers in the game and was the only Bobcat in double figures. Junior Taylor McVeigh (Hanson, Mass.) grabbed 10 rebounds and added a career-high five assists. Sophomore Meghan Graff (South Portland, Maine) tossed in eight points and first-year Brianna Gadaleta (Chappaqua, N.Y.) led the Bates bench with six points.
Riley Bennett led Norwich (3-8) in scoring with 15 points on 5-16 shooting from the field, with Kailynne Frederick adding 10 points on 3-12 shooting. Caileigh Travers led all players with 13 rebounds. Norwich was held to a .250 field goal percentage (13-52) and .167 from three (1-6).
Bates took a 23-18 lead into halftime, propelled by 13 points from Roy. The Bobcats then outscored the Cadets 20-8 in the third quarter to take command of the game.
Roy, Graff and Gadaleta each scored back-to-back buckets at different points of the decisive period, and junior Julia Middlebrook (Ridgefield, Conn.) drilled a 3-pointer to open up a 38-24 lead at the 2:51 mark. The Bobcats held off the hosts from there, maintaining the final 17-point advantage over the final quarter.
Team rebounding was even, but Bates had a sizable advantages in turnovers committed (22-13) and three-point shooting (4-10, .400), while shooting a modest .313 (20-64) from the field overall.
Bates (7-5) will open league play in the New England Small College Athletic Conference on Sunday at home against Wesleyan, tipping off at 2pm.