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Bates women top Williams in a thriller, 60-59

Val Beckwith '09 scored a career-high 27 points to go with eight rebounds and four steals.

LEWISTON, Maine -- Val Beckwith scored a career-high 27 points and first-year Teal Carroll hit the game-winning layup with 14 seconds left as the Bates College women's basketball team surprised Williams College with a 60-59 victory Friday night.

Bates (12-8, 4-2 NESCAC) was without junior forward Matia Kostakis, the leading rebounder in the conference, and the Bobcats were beaten on the boards by a 55-40 margin.

Meghan Stetson scored 33 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Ephs (17-4, 4-2 NESCAC), whose six-game win streak came to an end.

The game featured nine ties and 15 lead changes, and neither team led by more than four points in the second half.

Senior Maggie Fitzgerald scored a season-high 10 points for Bates. Junior Sarah Barton dished out eight assists to go with five rebounds, and she scored four points, including a go-ahead 16-foot jumper with 56 seconds to play. Senior Katie Franklin contributed six points, seven rebounds and three steals.

Teal Carroll '10 hit the game-winning bucket.

First-year Lauren Yanofsky had her first career start in place of Kostakis and played a key role in the win, despite shooting 0-for-12 from the field and scoring only one point. Yanofsky collected a team-high 11 rebounds, dished out five assists and blocked two shots, including on Ellen Wilk's three-point attempt at the buzzer.

Meghan O'Malley had a game-high 12 rebounds for Williams. Maggie Miller, the Ephs' leading scorer and rebounder, was held to three points with eight rebounds before fouling out with 2:35 to play.

The winning basket came out of a Bates timeout with 25 seconds to play and the Bobcats trailing 59-58. Williams had just scored a go-ahead bucket as Kaylan Tildsley stole the ball from Yanofsky and dished to O'Malley for a layup. Out of the timeout, Beckwith found Carroll free along the baseline, and the first-year guard curled out and converted the layup for only Bates' second field goal of the final five minutes.

Williams called timeout and took the ball out under the Bates hoop. With the Bobcats exerting heavy pressure, the Ephs struggled to find a shot and worked the ball around the perimeter to Wilk in the corner, but her shot was deflected by Yanofsky, igniting a celebration for Bates' best-played game of the season.

Bates took a 34-30 lead into halftime after leading by as many as nine points (15-6), despite 21 points by Stetson. The Ephs charged back to tie the game at 15 on three-pointers by Mika Peterman, Stetson and Nikki Savageau. A three by Franklin and a layup by Beckwith gave Bates a 20-15 lead, but Williams answered with a 12-3 run, fueled by 10 points from Stetson, to take its biggest lead of the game at 27-23 with 3:39 left in the half.

Beckwith also grabbed eight rebounds and made a game-high four steals for Bates, which will play host to Middlebury on Saturday afternoon. Williams will travel to Tufts.

STATS: Bates 60, Williams 59