Bates women battle undefeated Norwich into final minute
Val Beckwith ’09 had another career-best performance, with 25 points and 11 rebounds.
LEWISTON, Maine — A layup by Caitlyn Bailey (Barre, Vt.) and a pair of free throws by Kristi Powlovich (Jericho, Vt.) in the final minute gave Norwich University a 66-63 victory over Bates College in a see-saw non-league women’s basketball game Saturday night.
Norwich, which defeated Bates at home eight days ago, stays unbeaten at 8-0 while Bates falls to 5-3.
Sophomore Val Beckwith (Woburn, Mass.) hit a pair of free throws, creating the 10th tie of the game and Bates’ last lead of the game at 61-60, with 1:01 left to go. Bailey’s layup with 41 seconds remaining gave Norwich its fifth lead of the second half. The teams led four times apiece in the first half.
A three-point attempt by first-year Lauren Yanofsky (Belmont, Mass.) was blocked by Norwich’s Sarah Chap (Stockbridge, Vt.) and collected by Powlovich, who was fouled by first-year Teal Carroll (Norwich, Vt.). She hit both foul shots and saw sophomore Val Beckwith’s three-point attempt with two seconds left in the game miss, sealing the victory.
Beckwith (Woburn, Mass.) scored a game- and career-high 25 points and added a career-high-tying 11 rebounds for Bates. Junior Matia Kostakis (Andover, Mass.) added 18 points and seven rebounds before fouling out of the game with 3:10 remaining and the score tied at 57. Junior Sarah Barton (Portsmouth, N.H.) had a game-high nine assists to go with six rebounds and three steals.
Powlovich led five Cadets in double figures with 14 points, while both Bailey and Chap recorded double-doubles, with 13 points and 13 rebounds for Bailey, and 11 and 10 for Chap. Monica Selander (Caribou, Maine) added 10 points off the bench.
Norwich shot an identical 11-for-26 from the floor (42.3 percent) in both halves and hit 6-of-13 from behind the arc. Bates hit 4-of-22 three-point attempts (18.2%) and 21-of-61 (34.4%) overall.
After falling behind early 6-1, Bates reeled off 13 straight points to take a 14-6 lead. Kostakis scored the first nine points of the run.
The Cadets clawed back into a tie at 19, capped by a three by Powlovich, and a layup by Selander gave them a 21-19 edge. The teams continued to trade leads into intermission, as a three by Kayleigh Shappy with 1:01 on the clock gave Norwich a 32-31 halftime lead.
Bates built a nine point lead in the opening minutes of the first half, outscoring Norwich 19-9 over the first 7 1/2 minutes, a run that included nine points by Beckwith and three-pointers by first-year Kellie Goodridge (Merrimack, N.H.) and senior Katie Franklin (New Preston, Conn.).
But Norwich answered with a 9-0 run over three minutes, with four points by Bailey, a three by Shappy and a jumper by Chap, tying the score at 50 with 9:36 left to play. Neither team led by more than three points the rest of the way.
Bates will next play Kean on Dec. 29 at the Salem State College Christmas Tournament. Norwich will play at UMaine-Machias on Sunday.