LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates women's basketball team finished the regular season on a resounding note, posting season highs in points (105), field goal percentage (.620), assists (34) and rebounding margin (+27) in a 105-56 non-conference victory over UMaine-Presque Isle on Tuesday evening.
In her final game at Alumni Gym, senior Allie Beaulieu (Swampscott, Mass.) tied her career high with 26 points and set another career high with eight assists. Beaulieu made 11-of-15 shots from the floor, including 4-of-7 behind the arc. All three senior tri-captains scored in double figures, with Taryn O'Connell (Georgetown, Mass.) scoring 13 points and Brianna Hawkins (South Portland, Maine) adding 11.
Bates junior Meredith Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.) scored 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting and added seven assists, and sophomore Kristin Calvo (South Deerfield, Mass.) netted 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting -- all career-high totals for both players. Junior Julia Rafferty (Reading, Mass.), meanwhile, also set a career high with eight more assists, in addition to five rebounds.
Senior guard Emily Pelletier (Fort Kent, Maine) led the Owls (8-17) with 17 points, making 5-of-11 shots from behind the three-point arc. UMPI made 9-of-22 on threes as a team (.409), and shot .392 from the field overall (20/51).
All nine active Bates players had at least three rebounds, led by six apiece by Beaulieu, O'Connell and sophomore Allaina Murphy (Poland Spring, Maine), as Bates outrebounded UMPI by a 44-17 margin.
Hawkins and Kelly had two buckets apiece in the first three minutes, and Hawkins fed Beaulieu for an open jumper as Bates took a 10-2 lead after 3:28 had passed. UMPI hung in the game for a while behind a three by Pelletier, followed by a layup by first-year Doni Yendriga (Conneaut, Ohio), a jumper by first-year Darby Toth (North Port, Fla.) and a 3-pointer by Toth, which made it an eight-point game at 20-12 with 12:56 left in the half. But Bates outscored UMPI 29-7 over the next nine minutes of the game, ballooning its lead to 30 points, at 49-19, with 4:04 still to go in the half. After Pelletier made a long-range three, Bates scored the final eight points of the half, four by Murphy, to assume a 57-22 halftime lead.
Pelletier opened the second half with another three for the Owls, but Bates soon returned to to increasing its hefty lead. One of Kelly's three steals in the game led to her three-point play as the lead climbed into the forties at 69-27 with 15:41 left in the game. The Bobcat advantage grew to as many as 49 points on three occasions, including on the game's final hoop, a layup by sophomore Hillary Throckmorton (Bangor, Maine).
Bates' season continues this weekend at the eight-team NESCAC Women's Basketball Championship. The Bobcats (12-11, 4-6 NESCAC) will learn their seeding and quarterfinal opponent when the league schedule is completed on Wednesday night.
UMPI finishes its season at 8-17.
Beaulieu moved past Carla Flaherty '03 into eighth place on Bates' all-time scoring list, now with 1,146.