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Yanofsky, Igoe help women's hoops sink Wesleyan, 61-51

Jessie Igoe '11 scored a season-high 16 points and added 17 rebounds, the most by a Bobcat in nearly four years.

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Senior Lauren Yanofsky scored 14 of her team-high 19 points in the second half as the Bates College women's basketball team blew the doors off of Wesleyan University in the second half, outscoring the host Cardinals 37-23 en route to a 61-51 NESCAC victory. It's the second straight conference win for the Bobcats (11-10, 2-4 NESCAC).

Wesleyan (7-11, 1-5 NESCAC) received a game-high 20 points by Erin Gold, who shot 6-for-10 from the field, including 5-of-7 from behind the arc. Eileen Gaffney added 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Sam LaCroce added eight points and six rebounds.

Bates junior Jessie Igoe (Lexington, Mass.) sank all 10 of her free throw attempts en route to a season-high 16 points, and she grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds for Bates, her first career double-double. First-year Allie Beaulieu (Swampscott, Mass.) chipped in 11 points.

Igoe's 17 rebounds are the most by a Bates player since Meg Coffin '08 also totaled 17 in an NCAA Championship first-round game against Bridgewater (Va.) College on March 3, 2006. Igoe helped Bates control the boards by a 44-31 margin. The +13 difference ties for the team's best this season with their win over Thomas College in December.

Igoe is also the fourth Bates player ever to take at least 10 free throw attempts and make all of them, after Julie Roche '91 (12), Sarah Bonkovsky '97 (12) and Lisa Kelley '86 (10).

Yanofsky (Belmont, Mass.), who also had six rebounds and three steals, hit a pair of layups in the opening minutes of the second half to begin Bates' comeback from a 28-24 halftime deficit. Beaulieu canned two straight 3-pointers to lift the Bobcats from a 33-28 deficit into a 34-33 Bates lead with 14:01 to play. The teams traded leads twice more and it was tied at 37-37 at the 10:00 mark. Senior Kellie Goodridge (Merrimack, N.H.) scored on a layup at the 9:54 mark and Yanofsky sandwiched a three by Gold with a pair of layups, then added a pair of free throws with 8:16 to go for a 47-42 Bates lead.

The Cardinals cut it to two (47-45) with 6:13 to go on another three by Gold, but Igoe personally outscored Wesleyan 8-0 over the next 3 1/2 minutes with a layup and a 6-for-6 performance at the line, giving Bates a commanding 55-45 lead with 2:40 left.

Wesleyan quickly clawed back to within four, however, as Gold had a three-point play which was followed by a three from Melanie Ferdinand that made it 55-51 with 1:56 to go.

Yanofsky then grabbed a Bates miss and converted the putback, and sophomore Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) followed a Gold missed three with a pair of free throws for a 59-51 edge with 1:10 to go. Junior Kelsey Flaherty (South Portland, Maine) followed two straight missed threes by McKinley Tennant with a pair of free throws with 30 seconds left to make it 61-51.

Bates returns home next weekend to host Amherst on Friday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m., then Trinity on Saturday at 2 p.m. Follow the games free online via Live Webcast and Live Stats.

STATS: Bates 61, Wesleyan 51