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Women's hoops falls at Tufts, earns fourth seed in NESCACs

Val Beckwith '09 moved past Olivia Zurek '05 into second place on Bates' all-time scoring list.

MEDFORD, Mass. -- The Bates College women's basketball team finished the regular season with a 62-51 loss at No. 18 nationally ranked Tufts University on Saturday at Cousens Gymnasium.

The Bobcats finish 16-8 overall and 5-4 in the conference, and earn the fourth seed in next weekend's NESCAC Championship. Bates will host fifth-seeded Trinity College (16-7, 4-5 NESCAC) on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the tournament quarterfinals.

The Jumbos, led by 17 points from sophomore guard Colleen Hart, finished the NESCAC regular season at 7-2 and are 19-3 heading into their regular-season finale on Tuesday at Worcester State.

Offense was hard to come by in the early going for both teams, as a field goal was not made until the 14:38 mark of the first half when Tufts guard Tiffany Kornegay buried a jumper. Each team shot below 30 percent in the half, and the half saw double the amount of turnovers (28) as made field goals (14). The Jumbos were able to push ahead late in the half to take a 23-17 lead into the break.

In the second half, Tufts pushed their lead to 10 at 29-19, but the Bobcats rallied with a 12-4 run to pull within two points with 12:53 left in the second half. After that point, the Jumbos seized control and built a 13-point advantage at 52-39.

Bates senior forward Val Beckwith (Woburn, Mass.) led all scorers in the contest with 18 points and recorded a double-double with 11 boards, while junior forward Lauren Yanofsky (Belmont, Mass.) finished with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field.  Tufts senior forward Katie Puishys scored 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting.

The Bobcats pulled within seven late in the game, but they could not inch any closer. Both teams shot markedly better from the floor in the second half, as each were at 48 percent. Tufts finished at 36.9 percent (24-62) while Bates ended at 33.9-percent (20-59). The Jumbos held a big advantage on the glass, out-rebounding the Bobcats 48-37, including 18 offensive boards.

Beckwith's 18 points pushed her past Olivia Zurek '05 and into second place on Bates' all-time scoring list. Beckwith now has 1,453 career points, and trails only Emily King '00 (1,478 points) on the list.

STATS: Tufts 62, Bates 51