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Yanofsky, O'Connell lead women's basketball at Williams

Lauren Yanofsky '10 scored a game-high 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Bates College women's basketball team put up a good fight against a tough opponent on Saturday, dropping a NESCAC contest at Williams by a 67-59 score.

The Ephs rose to 13-4 overall, 2-0 in NESCAC play, while Bates' overall record is evened at 8-8, and their conference mark is 0-2.

In the first half, the teams traded leads five times. A jumper by first-year Allie Beaulieu (Swampscott, Mass.) tied the game for the final time at 19-19, with 6:42 left in the period. Williams embarked on an 18-6 run over the next five minutes for a 37-25 lead, but Bates closed the gap to seven before intermission. They got a three-point play by sophomore Kelsey Flaherty (South Portland, Maine), and on the final possession of the first half, sophomore Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) shot a quick three that narrowed the lead to seven at the break, 37-30.

Back-to-back layups by Bates senior Lauren Yanofsky (Belmont, Mass.) began the second half, closing Williams' lead to three. Yanofsky answered a three-pointer by Williams' Jill Greenberg with one of her own, then assisted on a Burns jumper to close the gap to 40-39 wiht 18:24 left. The Ephs bumped the lead back to five, but Yanofsky scored four straight points to close it to one again at 44-43 with 16:55 left.

Williams answered with an 8-0 run to push the lead back to nine at 52-43 with 13:51 left. Bates closed the gap with another surge, as Yanofsky fed first-year Taryn O'Connell (Georgetown, Mass.) for a jumper and then made a steal and a layup to make it 56-53 Williams with 8:08 to go. A layup by Lisa Jaris and a three by Chessie Jackson stemmed the Bates run, and the Bobcats were unable to close the gap any closer than five the rest of the way.

Four Ephs scored in double figures: Greenberg led the way with 11 points, while Jaris and Taylor Shea added 10 points each.  Jackson scored 12 points, while Jennie Harding was strong on the glass with 10 boards.

Yanofsky led all scorers with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field, including 13 points in the second half. She added five rebounds, three assists and three steals. O’Connell added 11 points, while Beaulieu contributed eight points and six rebounds. 

The Bobcats return to play their first home game in their past nine contests on Wednesday, when they take on St. Joseph's College in a non-conference game at 5:30 p.m.

STATS: Williams 67, Bates 59