|Val Beckwith '09 passed Meg Coffin '08 into fourth place on Bates' all-time scoring list.|
LEWISTON, Maine -- The No. 13-ranked Tufts University women's basketball team seized a 32-21 halftime lead and rode it to a 66-55 non-conference victory Saturday afternoon at Bates College.
The Jumbos (9-1) won their sixth straight game and will next host Williams on Jan. 16 in their NESCAC opener. Bates (10-4) will host Colby on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Bobcats' final tuneup before beginning conference play Jan. 16 against Middlebury.
Junior Lauren Yanofksy (Belmont, Mass.) scored 18 points for the Bobcats, including 16 in the second half, and added 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Senior Val Beckwith (Woburn, Mass.) chipped in with 14 points, while junior Kellie Goodridge (Merrimack, N.H.) scored 6 points with a team-high 7 rebounds.
Beckwith passed former teammate Meg Coffin '08 into fourth place on Bates' all-time scoring list, now with 1,261 points.
Julia Baily scored a team-high 18 points for Tufts, which shot 51.9 percent from the field compared to Bates' 35.1 percent. Colleen Hart added 13 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals for the Jumbos, while Kim Moynihan and Katie Tausanovitch added 12 and 10 points, respectively. Tausanovitch had a game-high 9 rebounds while Rachel Figaro had 8 rebounds in addition to 9 points, propelling the Jumbos to a 38-32 advantage on the boards.
Tufts never trailed in the game, as a 3-pointer by Moynihan broke a 2-2 tie and began an early 9-2 run. A 6-0 spurt, featuring a pair of hoops by Baily, midway through the first half put the Jumbos in firm control at 28-15, prompting a Bates timeout. A pair of foul shots by Beckwith and another freebie by Goodridge cut the lead to 9, but a layup by Tausanovitch made it 32-21 at the half.
Bates managed to keep Tufts within shouting distance for much of the second half on the strength of a 20-3 advantage in points off turnovers, as well as an improved shooting percentage of 44.8% in the period compared to 25.0% in the first half. But Tufts began to pull away to a 17-point lead and led 66-49 with 2:12 to go before a pair of 3-pointers by sophomore Maggie DePoy (Chicago, Ill.) and senior ShawnRose Lanchantin (Natick, Mass.) cut the final margin to 11 at 66-55. Prior to DePoy's three the Bobcats were shooting 1-14 from behind the arc.