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Women's basketball turns back Trinity, 54-47

Lauren Yanofsky '10 scored 20 points for the sixth time this season, while grabbing a career-high 15 rebounds (13 defensive).

LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates senior Lauren Yanofsky (Belmont, Mass.) scored 20 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds to lead the Bobcat women's basketball team to a 54-47 NESCAC victory over Trinity College Saturday afternoon at Alumni Gymnasium.

Bates moves to 12-11 overall and 3-5 in conference with its third win in the past four NESCAC games. Trinity drops to 14-7 overall and 2-5 in NESCAC play with its fourth straight loss.

Junior Jessie Igoe (Lexington, Mass.) added 13 points for Bates, while sophomore Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) had nine rebounds and a game-high six assists and three steals. Kaitlin Ciarleglio was the lone Bantam in double figures in scoring with 15 points. Rebecca Cohn grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.

With both teams struggling mightily to put the ball in the bucket in the first half (the score was 7-5 in Trinity's favor with 8:45 left), Trinity eased out to a an early lead and expanded it slightly, attaining a six-point edge at 23-17 with 1:17 left in the period. Yanofsky hit a turnaround jumper in the lane to cut it to 21-17 with 1:39 to go, but the Bantams went into halftime with a 23-17 lead due to a final jumper by Tess Donie. Yanofsky was the high scorer for either team in the half with eight points, while Royals led Trinity with seven.

The Bantams extended the lead slightly to seven at 26-19 with 18:35 to play, and they still led by three at the 8:32 mark, when Claire Arnstein penetrated for a layup and a 37-34 Trinity lead.

Igoe came back with a fast-break layup, assisted by sophomore Kelsey Flaherty (South Portland, Maine), to cut the lead to one, and Yanofsky gave Bates its first lead since the sixth minute of the game with a layup that made it 38-37 with 7:13 left.

Yanofsky converted another layup and Burns assisted senior Kellie Goodridge (Merrimack, N.H.) for a three-pointer that made it 43-37. Burns stole the ball from a Bantam and then fed Yanofsky for an open three with 4:59 remaining to make it a 12-0 run for Bates and a 46-37 lead. A jumper by Christine Card and a layup by Ciarleglio cut it to four (48-44) with 3:02 to go, but Igoe answered with a three-point play. Trinity again cut it down to four (51-47) with 1:44 to play when Arnstein fed Ciarleglio for another layup. In the final minute, Bates hit three out of four free throws to ice the win.

Bates shot a subpar 17-55 (.309) from the field, but Trinity was virtually the same at 17-56 (.304).

Bates finishes the regular season next Saturday with a home game at 2 p.m. against Tufts University. If you can't make it to Alumni Gym for all the action, you can still follow the game via Live Webcast and Live Stats, both free of charge.

STATS: Bates 54, Trinity 47