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Beaulieu nets 23 points as No. 24 Jumbos top Bobcats





MEDFORD, Mass. -- No. 24 nationally ranked Tufts University defeated the Bates College women's basketball team 78-52 in the NESCAC rivals' non-conference matchup Saturday at Cousens Gymnasium.

Bates (8-5), which lost its second straight for the first time this season, got a game-high 23 points from first-year Allie Beaulieu (Swampscott, Mass.) on 9-of-11 shooting from the floor, including a perfect 4-for-4 behind the three-point arc. It was the highest-scoring effort by a Bates player this season.

Senior Lauren Yanofsky (Belmont, Mass.) finished with 12 points, six rebounds, and three blocked shots. Sophomore Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) recorded a game-high eight assists along with five rebounds for the Bobcats. Senior Kellie Goodridge (Merrimack, N.H.) chipped in with five points and four rebounds.

The Jumbos were led by 17 points each from Julia Baily and Colleen Hart. Tiffany Kornegay finished with 16 points, and Vanessa Miller's nine steals in the game were the most by a Jumbo since December 2000. With its twelfth straight win, Tufts (12-1) matched the 2007-08 Jumbo squad's winning streak record.

The last lead of the game for the Bobcats came at the 14-minute mark in the first half when a jumper by junior Jessie Igoe (Lexington, Mass.) put the visitors up 15-14. Tufts then scored the next 10 points and led 25-15 on a layup by Kate Barnosky with 9:32 on the clock. Bates twice cut the gap to five points in the first half, including 34-29 on Yanofsky's layup with 2:24 remaining until intermission. The Tufts lead was 10 at the break (41-31), with 11 points by Hart and 14 by Beaulieu leading their respective clubs.

Yanofsky's jumper to open the second-half scoring reduced the margin into single digits at 41-33, but Baily scored six points during an 8-0 run that had the Jumbos leading 49-33 with 17:18 on the clock. Bates twice narrowed the margin to 11 points, with first-year Taryn O'Connell's (Georgetown, Mass.) jumper making the score 55-44 at the 12-minute mark. Over the next six-plus minutes, the Jumbos put the game away with a 16-3 stretch that was capped by Hart's three-pointer giving the hosts a 71-47 advantage with 5:44 remaining. The margin soon hit 25 and both teams emptied their benches for the final four minutes.

Baily had a game-high 10 rebounds as the Jumbos took a 42-30 edge on the boards. Tufts shot 53.3 percent (8/15) on three-pointers, with Hart hitting four of nine.

Bates plays at Colby for a non-league contest on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

STATS: Tufts 78, Bates 52