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Women's basketball rips Connecticut College, 78-59

Lauren Yanofsky had a career-high 23 points as Bates won 78-59 at Connecticut College.

NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Behind a career-high 23 points from senior Lauren Yanofsky, the Bates College women's basketball team won its first NESCAC contest of the season with a resounding 78-59 win at Connecticut College on Friday night.

Yanofsky also had a team-high eight rebounds, five assists, a block and two steals for Bates (10-10, 1-4 NESCAC). First-year Allie Beaulieu poured in 18 points to go with five rebounds and four assists, and sophomore Annie Burns had a strong all-around game with six points, five rebounds and a game-high six assists and four steals.

Jennifer Shinall led the Camels (8-11, 0-5 NESCAC) with 14 points, followed by Kim Horne with 13 and Jacqueline Shinall with 12. Jeanna Dunleavy had a game-high 10 rebounds.

Connecticut College started off the game with a technical foul called on its bench. Beaulieu hit two free throws with the clock still at 20:00, and Bates never lost its lead, giving the Bobcats an impossible-to-top feat of a full 40 minutes of owning the lead in a regulation game.

Bates' lead grew to 13-2 in the first five minutes of the game, as Yanofsky hit a pair of layups, junior Jessie Igoe hit two straight jumpers and Beaulieu nailed a three-pointer.

The Camels cut it to as low as three on several occasions before Bates padded the lead a bit, going up 36-28 on a pair of free throws by senior Kellie Goodridge with 1:39 left, then using a Goodridge jumper to go into halftime with a 39-33 lead.

Connecticut College kept the game within reach through most of the second half, but Bates began pulling away as the clock went under 5 minutes, as a jumper by Beaulieu at 5:18 and a pair of free throws at 4:40 put the Bobcats ahead 66-54. Bates scored 12 more unanswered points, a 16-0 run, before Jennifer Shinall finally broke the streak with a three-pointer to make it 78-57 with 1:23 to go.

Bates plays at Wesleyan University Saturday at 2 p.m.

STATS: Bates 78, Connecticut College 59