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Women's basketball team runs past Camels, 86-59

Jessie Igoe '11 had 16 points and 10 rebounds in her last regular-season game at Alumni Gym. (File photo)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Sharp-shooting sophomore Allie Beaulieu scored 23 points and senior Jessie Igoe added 16 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots as the Bates College women's basketball team routed Connecticut College 86-59 in a NESCAC game on Saturday at Alumni Gym.

Bates rose to 16-5 overall, 4-2 in NESCAC play with its third straight win.

Beaulieu (Swampscott, Mass.) made 9-of-12 shots, including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. She also had four rebounds, three assists and two steals in the game. Igoe (Lexington, Mass.) notched her second double-double of the season and the fourth of her career in her final regular-season home game. Fellow senior captain Christine McCall (Lowell, Mass.) contributed nine points and three steals.

First-year guard Meredith Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.) scored 15 points, her highest total since Dec. 3. Junior Lauren Dobish (Chambersburg, Pa.) posted a strong all-around effort with nine points, six rebounds and five assists, and junior Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) dished out eight assists and collected five boards.

Senior Tori Verrengia (Plymouth, Mass.) led the Camels (7-13, 0-6 NESCAC) with 21 points, including five three-pointers, to go with four assists. Junior Kim Horne (Newport, N.H.) added 16 points on 7-11 shooting, with eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

A fast-paced first half saw Bates collect 20 field goals on 38 attempts -- the same number of buckets that the Bates men's team had in its entire game beforehand, a 58-47 win over Connecticut College. Beaulieu poured in 15 points in the period while Igoe added 11 points and six boards. Verrengia made three shots from long range for the Camels for 11 points, but the Bobcats built a commanding 50-32 lead at the break.

Dobish made a three eight seconds into the game, and the Bobcats led wire-to-wire after that. After five minutes Bates led 17-8, thanks in part to additional three-pointers made by Beaulieu and McCall. Bates led 28-12 after 10 minutes had passed, then went on an 8-0 run to extend the lead to 36-12 with 8:06 remaining. Over the final 6:32 of the game, Verrengia made three threes and sophomore Bradie Hutchinson (Groton, Mass.) canned another to keep the Camels afloat.

Bates' lead ballooned from 18 points to 30 by the 11:11 mark, as a layup by Kelly made it 69-39.

The Bobcats next play at Trinity on Friday, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m.

BOX SCORE: Bates 86, Connecticut College 59