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Women's basketball shoots past Middlebury, 80-67

Val Beckwith sprung for a season-high 26 points and 7 assists vs. Middlebury.

LEWISTON, Maine -- Senior Val Beckwith (Woburn, Mass.) scored a season-high 26 points to go with 9 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the Bates College women's basketball team to an 80-67 victory over Middlebury College Friday night in the NESCAC season opener for both teams.

The Bobcats (12-4, 1-0 NESCAC) shot 58.9 percent from the field and held Middlebury to 40.7% shooting while overcoming a 36-26 rebounding deficit.

Junior Lauren Yanofsky (Belmont, Mass.) added 13 points and a career-high 8 assists for Bates. First-year Kelsey Flaherty (South Portland, Maine) added 10 points and fellow rookie Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) also had 8 assists.

Ashley Barron led three Panthers (6-7, 0-1 NESCAC) in double figures with 15 points, while Brittany Perfetti added 14 off the bench and Kaitlyn Fallon scored 10 to go with 10 rebounds. Emily Johnson dished out 6 assists.

Bates never trailed in the game, running out to leads of 5-0 on a layup by Beckwith, 15-7 on a three by sophomore Maggie DePoy (Chicago, Ill.), and 19-9 on a steal by Yanofsky and assist to Beckwith for a layup in the first 10:37 of the game. A jumper by Beckwith extended the lead to 17 before halftime, and the teams entered intermission with Bates owning a commanding 37-22 lead, despite Middlebury's 22-12 edge on the boards in the period. Bates shot 59.3% in the period compared to 30.3% for Middlebury.

Middlebury chipped the lead down to 12 (42-30) in the opening two minutes of the second half after Barron drained a three-pointer, but Bates gradually built it back up and extended the edge to 58-37 with 11:42 left in the game, after first-year Lauren Dobish (Chambersburg, Pa.) drove for two straight layups to cap a 12-4 Bates run.

Perfetti scored 10 points, including two 3-pointers, in a 13-6 Middlebury run to close the gap again to 12 at 68-56 with 5:21 left in the game. A three by Yanofsky and a three-point play by Beckwith helped bump the lead back to 18 at 76-58 with 3:57 to go, and Middlebury was unable to get any closer than 12 the rest of the way.

STATS: Bates 80, Middlebury 67