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Women's basketball tops Norwich for tournament title

Burns

Yanofsky

Beaulieu

McCall

Flaherty

Dobish

NORTHFIELD, Vt. -- The Bates College women's basketball team won the Ed Hockenbury Classic on Saturday with a 70-64 defeat of the host Norwich University Cadets. It was the fourth win in a row for the Bobcats (5-2), while the Cadets drop to 5-2.

Senior Lauren Yanofsky (Belmont, Mass.), who was named to the All-Tournament team, scored a game-high 22 points and first-year Allie Beaulieu (Swampscott, Mass.) netted 12 points to lead the scoring for Bates. Sophomore Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.), who was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, chipped in nine points, a game-high 10 assists and six rebounds while committing no turnovers for the Bobcats. Junior Christine McCall (Lowell, Mass.) added seven points and a team-high eight rebounds off the bench for Bates. Sophomores Kelsey Flaherty (South Portland, Maine) and Lauren Dobish (Chambersburg, Pa.) added six points apiece.

Norwich was led by senior Jess Jaggars, who posted a double-double with a team-high 16 points and a career-best 16 rebounds. Christine Daniels added a double-double of her own, posting 14 points and 10 boards. Erica Rate contributed 11 points for the Cadets, while Ally Daniels pitched in nine points and team-high five assists.

Bates scored the game’s first four points, but Norwich came back with six unanswered points to make it 6-4 at the 14:39 mark. An 18-7 run by the Bobcats gave the visitors a 22-13 lead with 8:36 to play before halftime, but the Cadets reeled off seven straight points to cut their deficit to 22-20 moments later. Bates led 27-25 before ripping off eight straight points to assume its largest lead of the half (35-25) with 1:07 to play. Ally Daniels hit a three-pointer for Norwich in the closing seconds to make it a 35-28 score at the intermission.

A three-pointer by Rate and a jumper by Christine Daniels trimmed the Cadets’ deficit to two points (35-33) less than 90 seconds into the second half. The Bates lead was two (39-37) when Yanofsky made a lay-up and McCall buried a three to extend the Bobcats’ advantage to 44-37 at the 14:42 mark.

Free throws by Daniels and Tara Stevenson helped the Cadets trim the deficit to three points (46-43) at the 13:21 mark, but a 12-2 spurt by Bates gave the Bobcats their largest lead of the game (58-45) with 8:35 to play.

Norwich battled back to within five points on four occassions down the stretch, but they could not get over the hump as Bates hit its free throws to ice the game.

Bobcats held an advantage from behind the three-point line, making 8-of-21 compared to 4-of-13 for the Cadets. Bates shot 42.4 percent (25-of-59) from the floor, while Norwich hit 36.9 percent (24-of-65) of its field goals.

Bates will host Thomas College on Monday at 7 p.m.

STATS: Bates 70, Norwich 64