Women's Hoops Falls At Bates In NESCAC Opener

January 16, 2009

The Middlebury women's basketball team opened up NESCAC play with an 80-67 loss at Bates. Val Beckwith scored a season-high 26 points to go with eight rebounds and seven assists to lead the Bobcats to the win. The Panthers return to action at Tufts on Saturday. The Bobcats (12-4, 1-0 NESCAC) shot 58.9 percent from the field and held Middlebury to 40.7% shooting while overcoming a 36-26 rebounding deficit.

Ashley Barron led three Panthers (6-7, 0-1 NESCAC) in double figures with 15 points, while Brittany Perfetti added 14 off the bench and Kaitlyn Fallon scored 10 to go with 10 rebounds. Emily Johnson dished out six assists.

Bates never trailed in the game, running out to leads of 5-0 on a layup by Beckwith, 15-7 on a three by Maggie DePoy, and 19-9 on a steal by Yanofsky and an assist to Beckwith for a layup in the first 10:37 of the game. A jumper by Beckwith extended the lead to 17 before halftime, and the teams entered intermission with Bates owning a commanding 37-22 lead, despite Middlebury's 22-12 edge on the boards in the period. Bates shot 59.3% in the period compared to 30.3% for Middlebury.

Middlebury chipped the lead down to 12 (42-30) in the opening two minutes of the second half after Barron drained a three-pointer, but Bates gradually built it back up and extended the edge to 58-37 with 11:42 left in the game, after Lauren Dobish drove for two straight layups to cap a 12-4 Bates run.

Perfetti scored 10 points, including two 3-pointers, in a 13-6 Middlebury run to close the gap again to 12 at 68-56 with 5:21 left in the game. A three by Yanofsky and a three-point play by Beckwith helped bump the lead back to 18 at 76-58 with 3:57 to go, and Middlebury was unable to get any closer than 12 the rest of the way.