Bates 79, Clarkson 52
BATES SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS TITLE AT WPI'S UNUM/PROVIDENT TOURNEY
King, McLaughlin Earn All-Tournament Honors
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Junior All-Tournament selection Kate McLaughlin (Laconia, N.H.) poured in a season-high 21 points on nine-of-13 shooting as the Bates College women's basketball team (7-1) downed the Clarkson University Golden Knights (4-6), 79-52, in the championship game of the Unum/Provident Tournament hosted by WPI.
The defending champion Bobcats also got 17 points, 10 rebounds, six steals, four assists and two blocks from Tournament MVP Emily King (Lebanon, N.H.). The third member of Bates' triumverate of Granite State starters, junior center Katy Dutille (Lebanon, N.H.) had 12 points and six boards. Dutille, ranked 10th in the nation in shooting percentage at 59.5 percent, hit four of seven from the floor.
The Bobcats jumpd out to a comfortable 48-21 halftime lead and cruised in the second stanza. Bates shot 49.2 percent (32-65) from the the floor, just missing the 50.0 level for the second straight game. The also forced Clarkson in 28 turnovers while outrebounding the Golden Knights 41-33.