Bates Blitzes Owls in Season Finale
(LEWISTON, ME) -- In her final game at Alumni Gym, senior Allie Beaulieu (Swampscott, Mass.) tied her career high with 26 points as Bates College flew past the University of Maine-Presque Isle women's basketball team on Tuesday, 105-56.
The game was the last of the season for the Owls who finished the 2012-13 campaign with a record of 8-17.
Senior guard Emily Pelletier (Sr./Fort Kent, ME) led the Owls with 17 points, making 5-of-11 shots from behind the three-point arc. UMPI made 9-of-22 on threes as a team (.409), and shot .392 from the field overall (20/51).
Bates took a 10-2 lead after 3:28 had passed. UMPI hung in the game for a while behind a three by Pelletier, followed by a layup by first-year Doni Yendriga (Fr./Conneaut, Ohio), a jumper by first-year Darby Toth (Fr./North Port, Fla.) and a 3-pointer by Toth, which made it an eight-point game at 20-12 with 12:56 left in the half. But Bates outscored UMPI 29-7 over the next nine minutes of the game, ballooning its lead to 30 points, at 49-19, with 4:04 still to go in the half. After Pelletier made a long-range three, Bates scored the final eight points of the half, four by Murphy, to assume a 57-22 halftime lead.
Pelletier opened the second half with another three for the Owls, but Bates soon returned to to increasing its hefty lead. One of Kelly's three steals in the game led to her three-point play as the lead climbed into the forties at 69-27 with 15:41 left in the game. The Bobcat advantage grew to as many as 49 points on three occasions, including on the game's final hoop, a layup by sophomore Hillary Throckmorton (Bangor, Maine).
* After scoring her 1000th career point on Sunday at College of St. Joseph, Pelletier's 17 on Tuesday brought her career total to 1026.
* After beginning the season without a win in 2012 (0-8), the Owls went 8-9 in their final 17 games.
* Despite only returning 17.8 points per game from the 2011-2012 team that went 9-15, Presque Isle actually managed to increase their points per game total this season to 55.4; up from 52.1 ppg a season ago.
* Guard Olivia McNally (Jr./Sherman, ME) put up career bests in every statistical category in 2012-13. Most notable though was her handling of the basketball. While dishing out a respective 30 assists to 56 turnovers in her sophomore campaign, McNally nearly tripled her assists in 12-13 (81) while keeping her turnovers almost exactly the same (57).