Women’s hoops sweeps CBB behind Beaulieu, Brown
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Senior Allie Beaulieu poured in a career-high 26 points and sophomore Molly Brown added 23 as the Bates women’s basketball team held off a furious Bowdoin rally for a 67-64 win on Saturday afternoon at Morrell Gymnasium. With the win, Bates has swept CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) play this season, with 2-0 records against both teams.
The Bobcats improved to 8-7 (2-2 NESCAC), while Bowdoin falls to 7-6 (1-2 NESCAC) with its second loss in as many days.
Beaulieu (Swampscott, Mass.) made 9-of-20 shots from the field, including 5-of-9 from three-point territory, to go with nine rebounds for the Bobcats. Brown (South Dartmouth, Mass.) came off the bench to pitch in 23, one shy of her career high, making 8-of-17 from the floor, 3-of-7 from behind the arc.
Bowdoin was led by 17 points from Kaitlin Donahoe while Sara Binkhorst scored 11 with eight rebounds off the bench for the Polar Bears.
Bates used 48% shooting, including five three-pointers, to take a commanding 41-26 edge at intermission. The Bobcats closed the half on a 16-5 run over the final six minutes, ending the period on a three-pointer by Brown to carry the big lead into the half.
The lead remained in double digits for most of the second half, and the Bobcats still maintained a 14-point lead with 7:14 remaining, 56-42. Bowdoin began chipping away after a three-point play by Donahoe, and outscored the Bobcats 22-9 over a five-minute span. Binkhorst hit two three-pointers in the run and Donahoe, following a pair of free throws with a minute to go, connected on a three-pointer from the wing with 26 seconds left to close the gap to 65-64.
Bates missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and Bowdoin had possession with a chance to win the game. The Polar Bears had a pair of good chances on running jumpers to take the lead, but both shots rattled out. Beaulieu sank two free throws with under a second to go to seal the win.
The Bobcats held a 43-41 edge in rebounding and both teams connected for 37% of their shots for the game.
After becoming the 18th member of Bates’ 1,000 career points club earlier this week, Beaulieu has moved into 14th place on the team’s all-time points list with 1,038, one ahead of Matia Kostakis ’08.