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Women's basketball plays NESCAC opener at Middlebury

Kellie Goodridge '10 scored 13 points, including a 3-for-4 three-point shooting performance.

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- The Bates College women's basketball team began NESCAC conference play on Friday night with a 66-53 setback at Middlebury College. Bates drops to 8-7 overall, while Middlebury raised its record to 8-4, 1-0 NESCAC. Bates next plays at Williams tomorrow at 2 p.m. (Live webcast (PPV)), while Middlebury hosts Tufts.

Bates outscored Middlebury in the paint 28-14 and had a 29-16 edge in turnovers, but the Bobcats were outrebounded 55-34 and struggled from long distance. Bates shot 4-for-19 from behind the arc, despite a strong 3-for-4 effort by senior Kellie Goodridge. The Panthers, meanwhile, hit 5-of-8 three-point attempts.

Goodridge (Merrimack, N.H.) led Bates with 13 points, while junior Christine McCall (Lowell, Mass.) and first-year Allie Beaulieu (Swampscott, Mass.) added 10 apiece. Sophomore Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) had a game-high seven assists, while senior Lauren Yanofsky (Belmont, Mass.) scored nine points with six rebounds.

Perfetti led a balanced Middlebury attack with 15 points, followed by Alana Wall with 14 and seven boards, while Sanchez scored 13, going 11-11 from the foul line. Stephany Surette scored six with nine boards, Kaitlyn Fallon earned 11 rebounds, while Jess Miller pulled down 10.

A tight first half a saw four ties, with the Bobcats taking a 22-21 lead on a three from Kellie Goodridge with 3:14 remaining. The Panthers closed the half on a 10-3 run, including a late three from Perfetti, to take a 31-25 lead into the intermission.

Middlebury held a 6- to 8-point lead for most of the second half, with the Bobcats coming within seven at 49-42 on a hoop from Beaulieu at the 7:07 mark. Middlebury answered with a 6-0 spurt, behind a three-point play from Lauren Sanchez, to increase its lead to a dozen at 54-42 with 5:41 left to play.

Bates cut the lead to eight with 2:39 remaining, but Middlebury scored the game's next eight points to put the contest away. Middlebury hit 12 of 14 free throws in the final 3:24.

STATS: Middlebury 66, Bates 53