LEWISTON, Maine -- Williams College senior Grace Rehnquist poured in a career-high 32 points off the bench, including 22 in the first half, and the Ephs held Bates College to season lows in points and shooting for a 71-36 NESCAC women's basketball victory on Saturday.
Williams (10-2, 1-1 NESCAC) rebounded from its conference-play-opening loss at Tufts on Friday, while handing Bates (5-7, 0-2 NESCAC) its second loss in as many days.
Rehnquist made 12-of-20 shots from the field, including 7-of-11 from behind the three-point arc. By halftime she had already scored the most points by a Williams player this season. Jennie Harding was the only other Eph in double figures with 13 points. Claire Baecher grabbed 13 rebounds and Danny Rainer made an enormous contribution with nine assists and seven rebounds.
Bates senior Allie Beaulieu (Swampscott, Mass.) led the Bobcats in scoring (10), rebounding (8) and assists (4). Bates made 13 of 49 shots from the field in the game (26.5%), including 4-of-24 in the second half (16.7%). From three-point territory, the Bobcats made just 3-of-20 shots (15.0%), and at the free-throw line they were an uncharacteristic 7-for-15 (46.7%).
Beaulieu is now nine points away from becoming the 18th member of Bates' 1,000 career points club.
Rehnquist entered the game early in the first half and immediately made her first three to give Williams the lead for good at 10-7. After a missed three by Bates, Rainer rebounded a teammate's miss and fed Rehnquist for another three for a 13-7 Williams lead, prompting a Bates timeout.
A three by Harding gave Williams its first double-digit lead at 26-16 with 6:41 to go in the half. Bates countered with buckets by senior Brianna Hawkins (South Portland, Maine) and Beaulieu, and Williams called timeout. Out of the break, Rainer found Harding open for another three, and Rehnquist returned the lead to double digits with a layup on a Rainer assist. Over the final three minutes of the half, Rehnquist proceeded to drain three more threes and added a layup for good measure, giving Williams a 43-24 lead at the break. In her mere 12 minutes of action in the first stanza, Rehnquist made 8-of-13 shots from the field, including 6-of-8 from three-point land. Harding had 11 points at the break. For Bates, Beaulieu topped the halftime ledger with seven points.
Rainer opened the second half with her first points, driving across the lane for a layup, to expand the lead to 45-24. Beaulieu made her second three and junior Julia Rafferty (Reading, Mass.) sank a jumper to cut the advantage to 16 (45-29) with 15:42 left, but that was as close as Bates would come the rest of the way, as Williams sprang for 17 unanswered points, including 10 by Rehnquist, and a 62-29 lead with 10:54 to go in the game.