Bates Tops Women's Basketball

February 3, 2007

Val Beckwith scored a game-high 21 points and Lauren Yanofsky added 19 as the Bates College women's basketball team edged Middlebury on Saturday, 70-65, for its fourth straight New England Small College Athletic Conference victory.

Sarah Barton flirted with a triple-double for Bates (13-8, 5-2 NESCAC), collecting eight points and nine rebounds while dishing out 11 assists.

Middlebury (10-11, 2-5 NESCAC) outrebounded Bates by a 48-38 margin, including 18 offensive boards. But the Panthers only went to the foul line 10 times, hitting eight, while the Bobcats went 18-for-24.

Emily Johnson led the Panthers with 19 points and five assists to go with seven rebounds. Katie Fisher added 14 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Lani Young contributed 11 points and nine rebounds before fouling out in the final minute of play.

Bates led for nearly the entire first half but Middlebury hung close and tied the game at 31 on a Jennifer Kelleher jumper heading into halftime.

The Panthers went on a 13-7 spurt over the first five minutes of the second half to take a 44-38 lead, but Bates quickly evened the game at 44.

A 17-4 Bates run in the middle of the second half, capped by a three-pointer by Yanofsky, opened up a 61-52 lead with 5:59 left to play. Middlebury closed the gap to 61-59 with 3:13 left on a Lani Young layup, but Bates hit 9-of-11 foul shots down the stretch to stave off the Panthers.