|ShawnRose Lanchantin '09 netted a career-high 11 points, shooting 5-for-6 from the floor.|
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bates College women's basketball team wrapped up the regular season with a 78-47 loss at Bowdoin Saturday night. Bates finishes the regular season at 14-9 overall and 6-3 in NESCAC play.
In terms of next weekend's NESCAC Women's Basketball Championship, the Bobcats had nothing to lose or gain in Saturday's game: the Bobcats had already drawn the third seed and will host Amherst next Saturday at 3 p.m. in a first-round match-up.
The Polar Bears (23-1, 9-0 NESCAC) posted their largest margin of victory over Bates since a 61-27 win in the 1986-87 season. Bowdoin is ranked first in the latest WBCA national poll and will be the top seed in the upcoming NESCAC Championship. The Polar Bears will host eighth-seeded Trinity in a first-round game next Saturday.
Bates was led by 14 points from sophomore Val Beckwith (Woburn, Mass.) and a career-high 11 from sophomore ShawnRose Lanchantin (Natick, Mass.).
The Bobcats turned the ball over 19 times for the game and Bowdoin held a 46-36 edge on the glass, including 18 offensive rebounds.
Bowdoin came out of the gate well, as Eileen Flaherty buried a three-pointer just 11 seconds into the game. After the teams traded buckets for the first 10 minutes, the hosts used a 15-1 run to take command of the game. Julia Loonin keyed the run with a three-pointer, while Alexa Kaubris and Jill Anelauskas also connected from long-range in the streak. The Polar Bears carried a 14-point edge into intermission, 40-26.
Bowdoin got another three-pointer from Loonin right out of the break. The Polar Bears pushed the lead to 26 on a three-point play by Eileen Flaherty at the 10-minute mark, and the 31-point difference at the buzzer was the largest margin in the game.
Three Polar Bears saw double-figures, led by Jill Anelauskas' 16 points. Flaherty buried 15 while Loonin added 10.