Bates women rout Newbury, 96-26
Val Beckwith ’09 notched a career high in points for the third time this season, with 23.
NORTHFIELD, Vt. — The Bates College women’s basketball team opened with an 18-0 run and went on to defeat Newbury College 96-26 in the second game of the Ed Hockenbury Classic at Norwich University.
With the win, Bates improves to 4-2, while Newbury remains winless at 0-5.
Bates held Newbury scoreless until the 14:27 mark of the first half when Jessica Lightfoot made a pair of free throws. The Bobcats rolled to a 54-17 halftime lead and held the Nighthawks to four first-half field goals.
Bates continued the dominance in the second half as every team member saw at least 10 minutes of playing time. Newbury continued to struggle from the floor, connecting on only three of 22 field goal attempts.
The Bobcats outrebounded the Nighthawks, 49-22, and forced 37 Newbury turnovers. Bates outscored Newbury 50-0 in the paint in its most lopsided victory since Dec. 10, 2004, in a 91-point win over UMaine-Presque Isle.
Three Bates players finished in double figures, with sophomore Val Beckwith (Woburn, Mass.) scoring a game- and career-high 23 points on 11-of-14 shooting from the floor. First-year Lauren Yanofsky (Belmont, Mass.) added a season-high 13 points off the bench, while junior Matia Kostakis (Andover, Mass.) helped out with 10. Lightfoot led the Nighthawks with 11 points, while Rashawna Wynn chipped in 10 points.
Several new members of the Bobcats saw their first action of the season. First-year guard Emma Bystrom (Sundsvall, Sweden) had an eventful 10 minutes, scoring six points with three rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists. Junior forward Danielle Gagnon (Gorham, Maine) collected five points, four assists and three rebounds. Also seeing their first game action were first-year Klara Bystrom (Sundsvall, Sweden) and first-year Liz Casline (Delmar, N.Y.).
Bates will host UMaine-Farmington on Wednesday at 7 p.m.