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Bates women win at Trinity in NESCAC opener, 69-56

Sarah Barton '08 scored a season-high 18 points and came within two rebounds and three assists of a triple-double.

HARTFORD, Conn. – Junior forward Maria Kostakis (Andover, Mass.) scored 16 of her 20 points in the second half and added a game-high 14 rebounds, three steals, and four assists to lead the visiting Bates College Bobcats to a 69-56 win over the Trinity College Bantams in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women’s basketball opener for both teams this evening at Oosting Gymnasium. 

Trinity drops to 8-4 overall and 0-1 in the NESCAC and the Bobcats improve to 9-5 overall and 1-0 in the league.

Bates held Trinity to 20 percent field goal shooting and forced 15 turnovers in the first half, taking a 28-18 lead into the break.  The Bobcats opened the second stanza with a 17-6 run, giving them a 45-24 lead five minutes into the half, but Trinity battled its way back to within six points with a 21-6 run over the next 6:30 to cut the Bobcat lead to 51-45 with 7:30 left in the game.  Trinity senior captain Sarah Cox (Norwell, Mass.) and freshman guard Claire Arnstein (Hicksville, N.Y.) scored 15 of Trinity’s points during the run. 

Bates scored the next four points on a jumper by junior guard Sarah Barton (Portsmouth, N.H.) and a pair of free throws by Kostakis to get the lead back to double digits and maintained at least an eight-point advantage the rest of the way.

Barton finished with 18 points, making eight of 12 shots from the field, a game-high seven assists, eight rebounds and three steals, while sophomore forward Val Beckwith (Woburn, Mass.) added 14 points, five boards, and a game-high six steals for the Bobcats. 

Arnstein paced the Bantams with a career-high 15 points, including four three-pointers, while classmate Tess Donie (Worcester, Mass.) tallied 14 points and four assists, and Cox added 13 points, a team-high 11 boards, and three steals.

Bates will play at Amherst College (7-7, 0-1) tomorrow at 3 p.m.

STATS: Bates 69, Trinity 56