Bates 66, Springfield 60
BATES WOMEN'S HOOPS DOWNS NO. 3 SPRINGFIELD, 66-60
LEWISTON, Maine The Bates College women's basketball team won its fourth straight game tonight, defeating Springfield College, 66-60, to snap the Pride's five-game winning streak.
Bates (8-4) trailed Springfield, 36-35, at halftime. Sophomore guard Carla Flaherty (Gorham, Maine) scored all of her team-high 16 points in the first half. Springfield was led by junior forward Becky Kanupka (Rocky Hill, Conn.), who had 10 points and 12 rebounds before the break.
Springfield (10-3) took their largest lead of the second half on a 3-pointer by junior Kelly Thompson (Albany, N.Y.) at the 12:55 mark, breaking a 43-43 tie. The Pride went up again, 49-47, on a trifecta by senior Cara McMahon (Springfield, Mass.) with 11:34 remaining.
At that point, Bates rookie Lauren Dubois (Beverly, Mass.) scored seven of her career-high 11 points, sandwiched around another McMahon bucket, over the next three minutes, to give the Bobcats a 54-51 lead with 8:50 on the clock, and the Bobcats never trailed again.
Bates was led by 16 points each from Flaherty and senior Kate McLaughlin (Laconia, N.H.), who also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. The Bobcats' bench outscored the Pride, 26-9, led by Dubois' 11 and nine from sophomore center Lisa Golobski (Methuen, Mass.).
Springfield was paced by Kanupka's 16 points and 15 rebounds before she left the game at the eight-minute mark with an injury. Three other Pride players scored in double figures, led by junior guard Katie Strong (Newington, Conn.) with 15 and 10 each from Thompson and junior guard Kristy Murray (Toms River, N.J.).
The win was Bates' third in a row over a team ranked in the New England Women's Basketball Association Top 10, as Springfield was ranked No. 3 in today's poll. - 30 -