|Val Beckwith '09 led the Bobcats in scoring for the seventh time this season, with 17 points.|
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Bates College women's basketball team staved off a second-half comeback by Bridgewater State to register a 57-49 victory Tuesday night in the opening game of the Williams College Winter Classic.
The Bobcats (7-4) will play the winner between Williams and Wheaton tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the tournament championship game.
Bates led by as many as 14 in the first half and owned a 33-21 edge at halftime, but Bridgewater State (5-5) opened the second half with a 19-4 run, giving the Bears a 44-41 lead with 11:21 left in the game. Bates retook the lead on consecutive hoops by Kostakis and Beckwith and held it the rest of the way, outscoring Bridgewater State 16-5 over the final 11 minutes of the game.
Sophomore Val Beckwith (Woburn, Mass.) led Bates with a game-high 17 points to go with seven rebounds. Beckwith was named NESCAC Player of the Week earlier in the day.
Junior Matia Kostakis (Andover, Mass.) notched 15 points and 11 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season, as the Bobcats outrebounded the Bears by a 46-33 margin, including a 17-8 edge on the offensive boards.
First-year Lauren Yanofsky (Belmont, Mass.) chipped in with 11 points and five rebounds, while junior Sarah Barton (Portsmouth, N.H.) dished out a game-high six assists.
A 10-0 run midway through the first half allowed Bates to take a 16-13 lead and turn it into a 26-13 advantage with 5:32 to go. Kostakis started the run with a three-pointer from the top of the key, and moments later first-year Kellie Goodridge (Merrimack, N.H.) nailed a trey from the right corner for a nine-point lead. Beckwith capped the run with an easy lay-up coming off some nifty passing by Barton (six assists) and Kostaskis. Beckwith scored 11 of her 17 points in the opening half.
Bridgewater had no intentions of going quietly however, despite a 33-21 halftime deficit. Farroba led the Bears back, driving to the hoop time after time in the final 20 minutes, then stepping back beyond the three-point arc and draining two treys. Her second three of the half cut the deficit to four. A steal and lay-in by Caitlin Feeney then made it 37-all, and and old-fashioned three-point play from Farroba on a slashing drive to the hoop gave Bridgewater a 40-37 lead with 14:50 left in the game.
Bates would not panic however, using a large 46-33 advantage on the glass to its favor. After a Beckwith basket in transition gave the Bobcats a 45-44 lead with 8:52 to play, a putback off an offensive board by Yanofsky (11 points, 5 rebounds) made it a three-point game. Bridegwater would tie the game one more time on a close-range jumper by Colleen Feeney, but a three-point play by Barton in the paint gave Bates the lead for good with 5:08 to go.
Colleen Feeney and Justin Farroba scored 13 points apiece for Bridgewater State, which will play in the tournament's third-place game at 3 p.m. tomorrow.