Women’s basketball powers past Worcester State at Williams tourney
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Junior center Meg Coffin scored 21 points with 10 rebounds to lead the Bates College women’s basketball team to an 81-57 victory over Worcester State College in the opening round of the Williams College Tournament on Saturday.
Coffin (Westford, Mass.) shot 9-for-12 from the field for the Bobcats (3-2), who notched a 47.1 field goal percentage as a team in outscoring Worcester State by 12 in each half.
Bates will play Williams (5-1) in the championship game Sunday at 3 p.m., while Worcester State will take on Simmons (3-3) in the consolation game slated for 1 p.m.
First-year forward Val Beckwith (Woburn, Mass.) added 12 points, five assists and five rebounds for the Bobcats, while sophomore guard Sarah Barton (Portsmouth, N.H.) played a stellar all-around game with 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Katie Franklin (New Preston, Conn.) and Maggie Fitzgerald (Wethersfield, Conn.) added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Lancers dropped to 3-2 despite a 27-point, 12-rebound effort from Rachael Odugbela.
Worcester State cut into Bates 12-point halftime lead early in the second half on back-to-back jumpers from Odugbela and trailed by only seven, 39-32. But the Bobcats soon constructed a 17-2 run that included six points from Coffin. Maggie Fitzgerald’s long-range jumper with 13:14 left in the contest put the Bobcats up 56-34.