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Women's hoop team rips Wesleyan, wins Naismith Classic

Val Beckwith (15) vies for a rebound with Lauren Yanofsky (12) looking on during Bates' 80-60 win over Wesleyan. (Photo by Brian Katten)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Bates College blasted Wesleyan University 80-60 Friday evening at Springfield College to win the Holiday Inn/Naismith Classic women's basketball tournament.

Tournament MVP Val Beckwith (Woburn, Mass.) led five Bobcats in double figures with 18 points and added five assists as Bates won its third straight game and raised its record to 6-3.

Lucy Sprung paced Wesleyan (8-3) with 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Allie Southam added 11.

Senior Matia Kostakis (Andover, Mass.) notched a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, as did senior teammate Sarah Barton (Portsmouth, N.H.), with 10 points and 12 assists, a record one-game total in the women's tournament's 13-year history.

Senior Meg Coffin (Westford, Mass.) added 12 points and eight rebounds and was named to the All-Tournament Team along with Beckwith, while sophomore Danielle Schaefers (Barrington, R.I.) chipped in with 11 points from off the bench.

The Bobcats shot 56.9 percent from the floor while holding the NESCAC rival Cardinals to 31.3 percent, while also seizing a 41-34 edge in rebounds.

Wesleyan took an early 6-4 lead before Barton assisted on a layup by sophomore Kellie Goodridge (Merrimack, N.H.) and a three-pointer by Beckwith for a 9-6 lead. The Bobcats steadily built the lead to as high as 18 in the first half, when a Beckwith layup made it 45-27 with 2:30 to play, and went into the locker rooms at halftime ahead 45-31. Bates kept Wesleyan at bay the rest of the way, leading by as many as 26 points in the second half.

In addition to Barton's assist record, Bates also set two Holiday Inn/Naismith Classic team records in this contest. The .569 field goal percentage (33-of-58) broke the old mark of .532 (33-62) by William Smith versus Springfield on Jan. 5, 1997. Bates’ 27 assists broke the old mark of 26 by Springfield versus RPI on Jan. 5, 1996.

Bates returns home to host UMaine-Farmington on Sunday at 2 p.m.

BOX SCORE: Bates 80, Wesleyan 60