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Coffin, Beckwith spur Bobcats past Mules, 77-64

Val Beckwith '09 raised her career points total to 994 after netting 19 against the Mules.

LEWISTON, Maine -- Senior Meg Coffin (Westford, Mass.) scored 20 points with 9 rebounds and junior Val Beckwith (Woburn, Mass.) added 19 with 6 assists to lead Bates College to a 77-64 win over Colby College in a NESCAC women's basketball game Friday night at Alumni Gymnasium.

Allison Cappelloni scored a game-high 29 points for Colby (8-14, 2-6 NESCAC), hitting 12 of her 20 shots. Karlyn Adler added 12 points with five assists and three steals.

Bates raised its record to 14-9 overall and evened its NESCAC mark to 4-4, with the regular season finale slated for tomorrow against Bowdoin College at 3 p.m.

The Bobcats have qualified for the NESCAC Championships and will be as high as the fifth seed or as low as the seventh seed:

  • Bates will be #5 with: Win AND loss by both Williams and Middlebury on Saturday (Bates holds HTH over Williams)
  • Bates will be #6 with: Win AND loss by both Wesleyan and Middlebury on Saturday(Wesleyan holds HTH over Bates)
  • Bates will be #7 if: Bates finishes with same record as Middlebury and the two are the only two teams tied (Middlebury holds HTH)

Colby started the game with some hot shooting, hitting 18 of 35 shots from the field and leading by as many as five points (22-17) with 11 minutes left in the half. But the Bobcats outscored the Mules 25-7, including 11 points from Coffin, over the remainder of the period to take a 42-29 lead into halftime. Cappelloni hit 7 of 11 shots in the first half for 16 points.

The Bobcats extended their lead to 17 (50-33) over the first 4 1/2 minutes of the second half. Colby whittled away to cut the lead to eight at 53-45 with 10:08 left and and again at 63-55 with 7:09 remaining, but Bates pushed it back to as many as 17, 73-56, with 2:29 left to play, as the Mules were held to 35.7 shooting from the field.

Bates established a 34-25 edge in rebounding and outscored Colby 30-16 in the paint. The Bobcats hit 28 of 55 shots in the game for a tidy 50.9 field goal percentage.

Sophomore Lauren Yanofsky (Belmont, Mass.) scored 11 points off the bench for Bates, hitting 4 of 5 shots, and senior Matia Kostakis (Andover, Mass.) added 10 points with 6 rebounds and 4 steals, while senior Sarah Barton (Portsmouth, N.H.) tied Beckwith for the team lead with six assists.

Beckwith now has 994 career points and tomorrow could well become the 16th Bates woman, and the third this season, to reach 1,000 career points.

BOX SCORE: Bates 77, Colby 64