NESCAC Tournament Quarter-final
Bates 80    Tufts 59

At Lewiston, ME
Saturday, February 22, 2003

Game Statistics

LEWISTON, Me. - Betsy Hochadel (Portland, ME) scored a career-high 18 points coming off the bench to lead third seed Bates College to a New England Small College Athletic Conference women's basketball tournament quarterfinal win over sixth seed Tufts University, 80-59, Saturday afternoon at Alumni Gymnasium. Hochadel also tied a NESCAC Tournament record by making 8 of 9 field goals, the same mark that Mandy Cochrane of Colby hit in a semifinal game against Bowdoin College, Feb. 23, 2001. Bates set a new NESCAC Tournament record for field goal percentage in a game, 54.7% (35-64).

Olivia Zurek (Arlington, MA) recorded her tenth double-double by dropping in 17 points and pulling down 12 rebounds for Bates (18-6). Co-captain Carla Flaherty (Gorham, ME) added 14 points and six assists while Lauren Dubois (Beverly, MA) chipped in with 11 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots.

Tufts (17-7) controlled much of the first half, leading by as many as seven (19-12) when freshman guard Jessica Powers (Massapequa, NY) nailed a trey from the left corner, which capped a 9-2 run. Bates would answer with a 13-6 run to tie the game at 25 with 5:57 left in the half on a 15-foot jumper by Flaherty. The Bobcats would take the lead for good, 30-29, when Flaherty received the give and go from Lisa Golobski (Methuen, MA) with just 2:51 remaining in the half.

The Jumbos climbed back in the game, after trailing by as many as nine, when they went on a 7-0 run after an Allison Love (Duxbury, MA) six-foot jumper to make the score 40-38. Bates answered with 14 consecutive points over the next 3:41, converting four Tufts turnovers into eight points.

Powers scored a team-high 15 points and junior Maritsa Christoudias (Saddle River, NJ) added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Tufts. The Jumbos finished their season at 17-7, the most wins by the program since the 1990-91 season.

Bates has won five in a row and nine of its last 10 games and will play Saturday, Mar. 1, at 4:00 p.m., against second seed Wesleyan University at Brunswick, Maine.