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Bates 71, Tufts 55

At Lewiston, ME
Saturday, February 13, 2010

Game Statistics

Junior Colleen Hart hit four three-pointers and scored 18 points for Tufts

LEWISTON, Me. -- The host Bates College women's basketball team never trailed while earning a 71-55 upset victory against 13th ranked Tufts University on Saturday afternoon in the NESCAC finale for both squads. Bates junior Jessie Igoe scored a career-high 22 points, including a 10 for 11 performance at the free throw line, to go with 11 rebounds.

With the loss, Tufts finished 6-3 in the conference and will be the fourth seed in the upcoming conference tournament. The Jumbos will host fifth seed Bowdoin College (19-5, 5-4 NESCAC) next Saturday afternoon (Feb. 20) at 3:00 in the first round. Tufts, led by 18 points from junior guard Colleen Hart (Needham, MA) on Saturday, is 19-4 overall heading into their regular-season finale on Tuesday at home against Worcester State College.

It is the first win over a ranked team for the Bobcats (13-11, 4-5 NESCAC) since Jan. 13, 2006, when Bates knocked off then #2 Bowdoin 56-51. Bates earns the #6 seed in the NESCAC Championship. The Bobcats will play at third-seed Williams (18-6, 7-2) in the quarterfinal round, with the tip-off scheduled for 2 pm.

Bates had early leads of 10-2, 16-6, and 20-6 as Igoe and Lauren Yanofsky started strong for the hosts. The Bobcats were up 29-15 with 7:31 to go until halftime when Tufts went on a 8-1 spurt to get the margin into single-digits at 30-23 with 5:44 remaining until halftime. Junior Lindsay Weiner (Rockville, MD) and sophomore Kate Barnosky (Huntington Station, NY) both had three-pointers for the Jumbos.

However, Bates retaliated with an 8-0 run, including five points by Taryn O'Connell, to lead by 15 (38-23) with 1:15 on the clock. They were up 40-28 at the break. Igoe had 15 points at intermission for Bates and senior Julia Baily (Farmington, CT) had 10 for Tufts.

Hart scored the first eight points of the second half, including two three-pointers, to pull the Jumbos within 40-36. Tufts, who defeated Bates 78-52 at home earlier this year on Jan. 9, seemed poised to take over the game. Bates, though, responded with a 10-0 stretch led by six points from Yanofsky to push their advantage back up to 14 (50-36) with 14:47 remaining in the second half. They would lead by double-digits the rest of the way.

The Jumbos got within 10 at 64-54 on Hart's three-pointer at the 3:34 mark, but they could not get any closer and suffered their first back-to-back losses since January 2007. Tufts lost at home to #1 in the nation Amherst last Saturday.

Yanofsky added 12 points for Bates, while Annie Burns dished out eight assists and had nine rebounds. Bates out-rebounded Tufts 44-33 and hit 20 of 25 foul shots, compared to a three of eight performance at the line for the Jumbos.

Baily had her fourth consecutive double-double and her 11th of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds to go with three steals. Barnosky recorded nine points, five rebounds, and five assists.

Against their NESCAC Championship quarterfinal round foes, Tufts defeated Bowdoin 52-40 at home on January 23 and Bates lost 67-59 at Williams on January 16.