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Beaulieu, Yanofsky pace women's basketball at Colby







WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Bates College women's basketball team lost 82-68 Tuesday night at red-hot rival Colby College, as the host Mules had a big second half for their first win against Bates since 2003, ending a run of 14 straight wins for the Bobcats.

The loss puts Bates at 8-6 this season, while Colby is tied for its best start ever at 10-1, last duplicated in the 1979-80 season.

First-year guard-forward Allie Beaulieu (Swampscott, Mass.), named NESCAC Player of the Week yesterday, led Bates with 16 points and four assists, while senior forward Lauren Yanofsky (Belmont, Mass.) added 15 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) had eight points, six rebounds, and five assists for the Bobcats. First-year Taryn O’Connell (Georgetown, Mass.) and senior Kellie Goodridge (Merrimack, N.H.) also had eight points apiece, and junior Jessie Igoe (Lexington, Mass.) had six points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field with four assists in her best game since coming back from a bout of illness earlier this season.

Colby shot 26-for-33 from the foul line and had a 47-33 rebounding advantage. Julianne Kowalski had a double-double in scoring and rebounding with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Samantha Allen also had 17 points and shot 5-for-9 from 3-point range, added seven rebounds and four assists. Diana Manduca had the best game of her young career with 14 points, including 8-for-8 from the foul line, and four steals. Alison Cappelloni had 11 points and six boards, Rachael Mack finished with eight points and five rebounds, and Aarika Ritchie had seven points and four assists.

Both teams played well in the first half, with Bates shooting 54 percent from the field. Colby nailed six 3-point shots and went 9-for-12 from the foul line to take a 43-41 margin into intermission.

The game stayed close for the first five minutes of the second half and the teams were tied 52-52. The Mules, though, went on a 12-0 run to take a 64-52 lead and controlled the game from that point. Manduca had four points, two steals, and one assist during the scoring run.

Bates begins NESCAC conference play this weekend, with a game at Middlebury on Friday at 6 p.m. followed by a game at Williams on Saturday at 2 p.m.

STATS: Colby 82, Bates 68