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Bangor - Allie Beaulieu scored 14 of her game high 19 points in the first half to lead the Bates Bobcats to a blowout victory over the Husson University Eagles 88-63 at Husson University on Tuesday night.
The Bobcats jumped out to an early 17-4 lead eight minutes into the game and never looked back. Bates forced 18 turnovers in the first half and only allowed the Eagles to attempt 15 shots. Bates had 10 steals in the first half as well.
Bates head basketball coach Jim Murphy said “If you play good defense and rebound the ball you are going to be competitive.”
The Bobcats held a 46-16 lead going into the locker room.
“When you looked at the stats at halftime and they had only taken 15 shots that is pretty good defense,” said Murphy. Murphy added “Our talk was much better tonight and you could hear it all over the place, which made a big difference as well.”
Murphy talked about what Beaulieu and O’Connell mean to the team “I have coached them four years and I can not think of a time where either one has taken a possession off in practice or in a game. Murphy added “It was great to see them shoot the ball so well and play such good defense.
Bates had four players in double figures on the night. Taryn O'Connell scored 18 points and five rebounds, Allaina Murphy added 13 and Hillary Throckmorton chipped in with 11.
“Hillary is starting to understand the better she plays defensively the more minutes she is going to play,” said Murphy.
Murphy said “In all three games we played well but we are working on the consistency. Murphy continued “Tonight we played better for longer stretches, which was great to see.”
Other scorers for the Bobcats were Callie Cramer, Brianna Hawkins and Chelsea Nason each scored eight points and Julia Rafferty added three. Nason grabbed seven rebounds and Beaulieu had a team high eight rebounds on the night.
Murphy said “There is never a bad win.”
The Eagles were led by Kelli Murray and Stephanie Comstock who each scored nine points. Victoria McIntyre added eight, Riley Boyle had six and Brianna Austin chipped in with four.
Husson women’s basketball coach Kissy Walker talked about her inexperience team this season “Tonight gave us a starting point to see where we are at. We have a lot of improvement in a lot of different areas, but it is that starting to point to see where we have to go from here.”
Others scores for Husson were Jade Keezer with three, Chrissy Larrabee added three, Amanda Johnson and Hilary Kendall each scored one. Murray led the Eagles with five assists and five rebounds.
Bates shot 53 percent (31-58) from the floor and 41 percent (9-22) from the three point line. The Bobcats shot 85 percent (17-20) from the free throw line.
“We did not miss a beat tonight with only three players coming in off the bench, which was nice to see,” said Murphy.
Husson shot 36 percent (14-39) from the field and 27 percent (2-7) from the three point line. The Eagles shot 65 percent (13-20) from the charity stripe.