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Yanofsky, Beaulieu lead women's hoops past Thomas









LEWISTON, Maine -- Senior Lauren Yanofsky and first-year Allie Beaulieu scored 22 and 17 points, respectively, to lead the Bates College women's basketball team to a 96-80 non-conference victory over Thomas College Monday night at Alumni Gymnasium.

Down 44-41 at halftime and by as much as seven (50-43) early in the second half, the Bobcats surged down the stretch behind 14 points from Yanofsky (Belmont, Mass.) and 12 from Beaulieu (Swampscott, Mass.). Down 55-53 with 14:42 left in the game, Bates scored 21 unanswered points over a span of less than four minutes, including a pair of threes by Beaulieu and six points and two assists by Yanofsky, to assume a 74-55 lead with 10:58 remaining. Bates pushed the lead to as many as 23 points and coasted down the stretch to notch its fifth straight victory.

Yanofsky finished the game with a season-high 22 points on 11-of-16 shooting, as well as season highs in rebounds (13) to go with six blocked shots, four steals and four assists. First-year Taryn O'Connell (Georgetown, Mass.) added 12 points and six rebounds for the Bobcats, and senior Kellie Goodridge (Merrimack, N.H.) submitted a stuffed stat line of 9 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block.

Karin Bird scored 22 points and Kellie Martel added 21 for the Terriers (0-6), who shot 18-32 (.563) from the field in the first half, including 6 of 8 behind the arc. Martel finished 7-13 from three-point land and also had five rebounds. Bird added six rebounds and four assists. Mallorie Blakney added 14 points and five rebounds, and Jessica Nassetta pitched in with 10 points, four assists and four rebounds.

While the teams ran up and down the floor throughout the first half, with a result of two ties and five lead changes, the Terriers got hot at the end of the first period. Alexis Evans hit a three at the 2:10 mark, and Martel canned two threes in the final 32 seconds to put Thomas ahead 44-41 at the break. At that point Thomas had hit 6 of 8 three-point attempts and was outshooting Bates 56.3 percent to 36.0 percent (18-50).

Bates rallied to shoot 21-40 (.525) in the second half, tallying 16 of the team's 28 assists in the period.

In addition to the aforementioned, other contributors for the Bobcats included first-years Sarah Robinson (Norwich, Vt.) with six points, three rebounds and two assists, sophomore Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) with five assists and three steals, sophomores Lauren Dobish (Chambersburg, Pa.) and Kelsey Flaherty (South Portland, Maine) with eight points apiece, and first-year Bri Hawkins (South Portland, Maine) with five points, five rebounds and four steals.

Bates is off until Jan. 2, a road game at the University of New England.

STATS: Bates 96, Thomas 80