Women’s basketball fund-raises for the Desert Shootout tournament
The record-setting Bates women’s basketball team hopes to go to Las Vegas to compete in the Desert Shootout, for the team’s first-ever tournament trip outside New England. The team is raffling two prizes to raise funds for the trip: $2,000, or the week’s use of a house at Goose Rocks Beach, Kennebunkport, Maine, valued at $1850.
The trip would take place Dec. 18-23 and the competition, says head coach Jim Murphy ’69, “will leave us better prepared for NESCAC games.” Tourney teams include Baldwin Wallace, Scranton, and Simpson, all ranked in the top 25 nationally.
To purchase a ticket for $50 or to make a donation, please write a check to “Bates College Women’s Basketball” and send it to Murphy, Bates College, 2 Andrews Road, Lewiston ME 04240. The drawing will be held at halftime of the Dec. 1 game vs. Husson College.
Visit www.bobcatsraffle.com for more information and scenes from the beach.
The 2004-05 team won a school-record 25 games, finishing the year at 25-3 after advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III tournament before losing 67-64 to the University of Southern Maine. Ranked No. 1 in the country from Feb. 8 to 29, the Bobcats finished the year ranked No. 6 by D3hoops.com and the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 National Coaches’ Poll.