RC women drop two in Mass.

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The Roanoke College women are 2-7 in basketball at the holiday break after losing two games in Massachusetts this week. The Maroons are now off until the Susan Dunagan Holiday Classic in Salem on December 30 and 31.

Roanonoke played two games in Wellesley and came up empty, losing to Babson and Bates. Against Babson Monday the Maroons dropped a 61-56 despite 18 points by Molly Hassell, who hit six of nine from behind the arc and scored 18 points. Laura McManimen had 15 points for RC.

With the score 16-15 Babson, Roanoke used a 15-1 run with five consecutive three-pointers, including three coming by Hassell, to take a 30-17 lead with five minutes to play in the first half. The Beavers closed the gap to nine with a lay-up as time expired as the Maroons headed into the intermission with a 34-25 lead.

With the score tied at 41, the Beavers scored two straight lay-ups to head into the fourth quarter with a 45-41 advantage as Babson outscored Roanoke 20-7 in the third quarter. Hassell made her final three of the day with less than three minutes left in regulation to make it 54-51, BC. Babson went on the make five free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

On Monday Allison Livengood scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a loss to Bates. McManimen and Corinne McPadden had eight points apiece. Bates was aided by making 20-of-31 attempts from the foul line, while the Maroons went to the line four times total.

Bates led 9-7 after the first quarter and took a 12-7 lead on a three-pointer by Carly Christofi early in the second quarter. A Livengood basket would tie the game at 15-15 with just under six minutes to play. The Maroons would go on to score 13 of the final 18 points of the quarter, taking a 28-20 lead into the locker room on the back of a Chris Martin layup with under 30 seconds to play.

Bates scored the first six points of the second half to cut the RC lead to two. A Kristina Harrel jumper made the score 44-37 in Roanoke’s favor but Bates would close the quarter with a 9-0 run to push in front 46-44. The Beavers then came out and outscored RC 11-4 over the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter to put the game away.