|Lauren Yanofsky '10 became the 18th Bates women's basketball player to score 1,000 points.|
AMHERST, Mass. -- The Bates College women's basketball team's season came to an end Saturday in the semifinals of the NESCAC Championship, while senior Lauren Yanofsky reached a career milestone. The Bobcats, seeded sixth in the tournament, fell 77-43 to the top-seeded host Amherst College, ranked No. 1 in the country, to end their season at 14-12.
Yanofsky (Belmont, Mass.) became the 17th player in team history to score 1,000 points, netting a team-high 11 points in the game to finish her career with 1,001.
Amherst finished the first half on a 25-10 run, and never looked back. With the win, the Lord Jeffs (26-0) advances to Sunday's conference championship game.
The game started with an uncharacteristically sloppy shooting performance for both teams. Bates and Amherst combined to start the day 0-for-6 from the field. By the 10:30 mark of the first half, Bates held a 15-10 lead, causing Amherst head coach G.P. Gromacki to use a timeout. On the Lord Jeffs' next two possessions, Amherst got scores from Lem Atanga McCormick and Kristyn Dunleavy to tie the game 15-15.
After another Dunleavy three-pointer, Bates committed back-to-back turnovers, before Caroline Stedman hit a triple for Amherst. The exchange put Amherst up 21-15. A Bobcat defender was called for a foul as Dunleavy missed a shot from behind the arc, and the Amherst junior made all three free throws to extend Amherst's lead to 24-15.
Dunleavy and Bates senior Kellie Goodridge (Merrimack, N.H.) traded threes late in the half, before a jumper by sophomore Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) with 20 seconds to play closed the gap to 15 points. The score was the final bucket of the half, as Amherst took a 40-25 lead into the break. Bates scored three points between the 11:03 and 3:24 marks of the half, and went nearly eight minutes without a field goal as Amherst took over the game.
Amherst started the second half with a 12-0 scoring run that included a three-point play by Stedman to put the game out of reach. While the deficit crept past thirty-points at the 12-minute mark of the second frame, Bates was able to celebrate Yanofsky's milestone during the half. With 6:58 remaining, the 5-foot-11 forward scored on a second straight possession for Bates, making her the 18th player in program history to score 1,000 career points.
Dunleavy scored a game-high 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting, including a 4-of-5 performance from three-point land. Atanga McCormick added 12 points and eight rebounds, while Amherst got 10 points from both Stedman and Marcia Voigt.
Yanofsky was the lone Bobcat to score in double figures. Burns and first-year Allie Beaulieu (Swampscott, Mass.) scored eight points apiece, with Burns adding team highs of four rebounds, five assists and three steals. It was the final collegiate game for Bates captains Yanofsky and Goodridge.
The game marked Bates' eighth appearance in the NESCAC semifinals in the tournament's 10-year existence.