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Women's hoops scores big NESCAC win over Trinity







HARTFORD, Conn. -- Senior co-captain forward Val Beckwith (Woburn, Mass.) totaled game-highs of 12 points and 10 rebounds to go with four assists, as the visiting Bates College Bobcats posted a 68-54 win over the Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women’s basketball action this afternoon at Oosting Gymnasium. 

Trinity falls to 15-5 overall and 3-4 in the NESCAC with its third consecutive loss, while the Bobcats improve to 16-7 overall and 5-3 in the league with their first win in three games.

The win puts Bates in strong position to claim the fourth seed and host a quarterfinal game in the NESCAC Women's Basketball Championship, which starts in two weeks. A Bates win at Tufts next Saturday, or Wesleyan loss on either next Friday or Saturday, will give the Bobcats the fourth seed in the eight-team tournament.

Bates led, 11-4, early but Trinity rallied to take a 19-18 lead on a jumper by junior forward Christine Card (Waterbury, Conn.) with under eight minutes remaining in the first half.  The game remained tight until the final two minutes of the first half, when Bobcat sophomore guard Maggie DePoy (Chicago, Ill.) nailed a pair of three-pointers to highlight a 7-3 Bates run that gave the visitors a 35-30 lead at the break.  Bates made five treys in eight tries in the first half, while the Bantams missed all five of their long-range attempts.  Sophomore forward Molly McGlynn (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) kept Trinity in the game with 11 first-half points.

Trinity opened the second frame with an 8-2 spurt to take a 38-37 lead at the 15-minute mark on a layup by McGlynn, but the Bobcats answered with an 11-3 run, including seven points by Beckwith, to push the lead back up to 48-41 with 11 minutes on the clock.  The Bantams remained in striking distance until under five minutes were left, as Bates rookies Kelsey Flaherty (South Portland, Maine) and Kristen Finn (Winthrop, Mass.) combined to score seven unanswered points in 1:38 and increase the Bobcat advantage to double figures at 62-50.

Bates finished 8-for-17 from three-point land for the game, while Trinity shot just 16.2 percent (6-for-37) from the field in the second half and 26.8 percent (19-for-71) for the game. Bobcat first-year Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) dished out a game-high six assists. Flaherty had one of her finest games of the season, with 7 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Junior Lauren Yanofsky (Belmont, Mass.) posted 9 points, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals for the Bobcats, and sophomore Christine McCall (Lowell, Mass.) added 9 points and 7 rebounds.

McGlynn finished with a game-high 15 points, nine rebounds, and a pair of blocked shots, while junior co-captain guard Claire Arnstein totaled 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and three steals for Trinity.

STATS: Bates 68, Trinity 54