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Women's basketball races past St. Joe's for 77-58 win

STANDISH, Maine -- Senior Allie Beaulieu scored 19 points and added five assists, and senior Taryn O'Connell had her first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, as the Bates women's basketball team erased a 35-32 halftime deficit and blew the doors off of host Saint Joseph's College of Maine for a 77-58 win on Tuesday night.

Senior Brianna Hawkins (South Portland, Maine) scored 10 points. Sophomore Allaina Murphy (Poland Spring, Maine) fouled out in only 14 minutes of action, but was very effective when on the floor, tallying nine points and seven rebounds. Junior Julia Rafferty (Reading, Mass.) added eight points, five assists and two steals, and junior Meredith Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.) also netted eight points to go with three assists and three steals.

O'Connell (Georgetown, Mass.) had 11 points and eight rebounds in the second half and Beaulieu (Swampscott, Mass.) also had 11, leading the Bobcats in their monumental second-half rally. The Bobcats set season highs in field goals made (33) and attempted (74), and in assists (21).

Junior forward Abby Young (North Yarmouth, Maine) came off the bench to net a team-high 18 points in the loss. Led by Young’s 18-point effort, the Monks’ bench outscored the Bobcats’ reserves by a 30-18 tally, but Bates made up for the discrepancy by netting 29 points off 21 Saint Joseph’s turnovers.

Bates (10-9, 3-4 NESCAC) has won five of its last seven games heading into a NESCAC road weekend, with games at No. 3 Amherst (20-0, 6-0) on Friday at 8pm, followed by a game at Trinity (13-6, 4-2) on Saturday at 4pm. Bates can hope undefeated Amherst overlooks the Bobcats in anticipation of its Saturday showdown with No. 4 Tufts (21-0, 7-0). Bates has the fortune or misfortune of facing both teams in a span of six days, having lost to Tufts last Saturday.

Young scored nine points in a span of 3:28 as the Monks turned a 21-20 Bates lead into a 31-24 lead for St. Joe's, with 5:03 to go in the half. Danyelle Shufelt assisted Morgan Cahill on a layup to boost the lead to nine before Bates outscored St. Joe's 8-2 over the last three minutes, including back-to-back hoops by Murphy, to whittle the Monks' lead to 35-32 at the break.

The Bobcats erupted for a 13-0 run to begin the second half, with two buckets apiece by Hawkins and Rafferty and a 3-pointer by O'Connell, to suddenly open up a 10-point lead at 45-35 at the 16:15 mark.

The Monks responded with six straight points to make it a four-point game, and Bates called time out with 14:48 left. Murphy scored a three-point play out of the timeout, and after a St. Joe's turnover, sophomore Kristin Calvo (South Deerfield, Mass.) hit a jumper to expand the lead to nine. Molly Brown (South Dartmouth, Mass.) rebounded a Monks miss and Calvo found Beaulieu open for a three at the other end for a 53-41 Bates advantage with 12:19 left.

O'Connell drained 3-pointers at the 9:13 and 6:14 marks of the second half as Bates padded its lead to 67-47.

For the Monks, freshman Morgan Cahill (Yarmouth, Maine) scored 10 points and rejected a pair of shots, senior Danyelle Shufelt (Sutton, Vt.) added nine points and three assists and junior Lindsay Moore (Barrington, N.H.) pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds. Young was 5-5 from the free-throw line and added eight rebounds to her stat line and sophomore guard Sarah Assante (Standish, Maine) chipped in eight points in a losing effort.

With the loss, Saint Joseph’s falls to 12-14 in the history of the series with Bates. The Bobcats have now defeated the Monks in eight straight meetings dating back to the 2002-03 campaign.

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