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Women's basketball team flies past UMPI, 71-33







BANGOR, Maine -- The Bates College women's basketball team won its fifth straight contest Friday evening in the opening game of the Paul Bunyan Invitational, beating UMaine-Presque Isle 71-33.

The Owls scored the fewest points by a Bates opponent since a 96-26 Bobcat win over Newbury on Dec. 2, 2006. The Owls also turned the ball over 49 times, the most by a Bates opponent in at least a decade (no team record has been kept in that category). Bates outscored UMPI 36-4 in points off of turnovers.

First-year guard Meredith Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.) scored 18 points to go with nine steals and seven rebounds, all game-high totals. Sophomore Allie Beaulieu (Swampscott, Mass.) added 11 points, four assists and four steals for the Bobcats.

Emily Pelletier hit back-to-back 3-pointers for an early 6-3 UMPI lead. Senior Jessie Igoe (Lexington, Mass.) hit a jumper, and junior Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) followed with a three as Bates took the lead for good at 8-6 with 14:52 left in the first half. Bates turned the surge into a 15-0 run with 10 straight points scored by Kelly, four two-point buckets and a pair of free throws.

Later in the half, Beaulieu bookended a 12-0 Bates run with a pair of threes, and the Bobcats led by 26 (38-12) with 2:55 left in the first period. Bates took a 38-14 lead into halftime.

Senior Christine McCall (Lowell, Mass.) and junior Kelsey Flaherty (South Portland, Maine) scored nine points apiece for Bates. Junior Lauren Dobish (Chambersburg, Pa.) and Burns had four assists apiece.

Pelletier led the Owls with nine points, followed by Rashell Saucier with eight points. Renee Moore added seven points and seven rebounds.

Kelly's nine steals tied for the most by a Bobcat in one game in the past decade with three other performances: Annie Burns vs. Husson on Dec. 2009, Kyla Decato vs. Mount Holyoke on Nov. 18, 2005, and Sarah Barton vs. Norwich on Dec. 1, 2007.

Bates' 24 steals were the Bobcats' most since they swiped 25 against Husson on Nov. 30, 2005.

The Bobcats look for their sixth straight victory tomorrow at the Paul Bunyan, with a 1 p.m. matchup against UMaine-Fort Kent at Husson.

BOX SCORE: Bates 71, Me.-Presque Isle 33