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Buzzer-beater sends UNE past women's basketball







BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Carrie Bunnell drained a three-pointer from the corner as time expired to give the University of New England a 77-75 non-conference victory over the Bates College women's basketball team on Saturday.

The win lifted UNE to an 8-3 record, while Bates dropped to 6-3. The Bobcats next play in the Maine Maritime Academy Tournament on Monday and Tuesday. They'll play UMaine-Fort Kent on the neutral floor on Monday at 5 p.m., followed on Tuesday by a game against either Maine Maritime or Gordon.

Trailing by four (75-71) with 12 seconds remaining, sophomore Kelley Paradis connected from long distance to trim the margin to one. After a foul and missed free throw with 10 seconds to play, the Nor'easters had one final push. Katie Diggins found Bunnell in the left corner for her fifth trey of the game, giving UNE its first win over the Bobcats since the 1994-95 season (10 losses).

Senior Lauren Yanofsky (Belmont, Mass.) recorded team highs in points, with 20, and rebounds, with seven, while sophomore Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) dished out a career-high 13 assists. First-year Allie Beaulieu (Swampscott, Mass.) poured in 19 points, while first-year Taryn O'Connell (Georgetown, Mass.) posted a solid game with 10 points and six rebounds. Junior Jessie Igoe (Lexington, Mass.) and sophomore Lauren Dobish (Chambersburg, Pa.) added eight and seven points, respectively.

Bunnell scored a game-high 24 points for the Mariners, while Paradis chipped in with 18 and Margo Russell added 16 points with 10 rebounds.

UNE stormed out the break with a 10-3 spurt to grab its largest lead of the contest (45-41) at the 17:26 mark. The Bobcats responded with a 16-4 run over the next 5:36 to take a 57-49 cushion with just under 12 minutes to play, before the Nor'easters fought their way back down the stretch. Trailing by five (73-68) after a pair of free throws from Beaulieu, Paradis connected from long distance to cut the Bates lead to two with 27 seconds remaining.

Sophomore Kelsey Flaherty (South Portland, Maine) made two from the charity stripe to push the Bobcats' advantage to 75-71 with 18 seconds left, before Paradis banked home another three-pointer to make it a one-point deficit (75-74) with 12 seconds to go.

In the early stages of the game, Bates jumped out to a 24-13 lead after eight minutes of action by making 10 of its first 13 shot attempts from the floor.

The Nor'easters closed the gap to one (28-27) by the 4:52 mark of the first frame, and trailed 37-35 at intermission.

STATS: UNE 77, Bates 75