Bates Edges Out Amherst, 60-58

AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Rookie Katy Dutille (Lebanon, NH) led Bates with 20 points as the Bobcats (18-3), ranked No. 2 in New England, edged out Amherst College (12-9) 60-58 in LeFrak Gymnasium. Dutille scored 15 of her points in the first half as Bates took a 36-28 lead into halftime.

The Bobcats led by as much as 10 in the first half before Amherst mounted its second-half comeback. The Jeffs chipped away at the Bates lead, pulling within three on a 3-pointer by Liza Feldman (Sudbury, MA) with 4:03 left in the game. After a jumper by Kate McLaughlin (Laconia, NH), the Bobcats went 2-for-7 from the foul line as sophomore Naomi Sullivan (Hudson, MA) drove the baseline to cut the Bates lead to 59-55 with 1:08 to play. Feldman hit her second 3 of the night with 41.1 seconds left on the game-clock to pull within 60-58, and she nearly stole the inbounds pass for an Amherst possession with 20 ticks on the clock. After a Bobcat miss, Bates turned up its defensive pressure to force Feldman to miss a 3-pointer with just 3.4 seconds as Bates held on for the win.

Sophomore Emily King (Lebanon, NH) chipped in 15 points, 11 rebounds and three steals for the Bobcats while senior Sarah Rinaldi (Washington, DC) led the Jeffs with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Bates will travel to Trinity for a 3:00pm tip-off tomorrow while Amherst hosts Tufts at 7:30pm.

Bates (18-3)		36	24 -- 60
Amherst (12-9)		28	30 -- 58
Bates (60) Rosenberg 0-3 0-0 0, McCrave 2-13 1-3 5, McLaughlin 4-8 2-2 10, DiSimone 0-2 0-0 0, Porter 0-0 0-0 0, Thurston 5-11 0-0 10, Dutille 8-12 3-7 20, King 6-11 3-7 15, Frissora 0-0 0-0 0.

Amherst (58) Roja 0-0 0-1 0, Riley 0-0 0-0 0, Noel 5-7 0-0 11, Walker 1-3 0-0 2, Hersey 3-10 4-4 10, Feldman 5-8 0-0 12, Lischer 0-0 0-0 0, Rinaldi 7-18 1-3 15, Sullivan 2-9 1-2 5, McCarthy 1-3 1-2 3.

3-point goals - A 3-8 (Feldman 2, Noel), B 1-8 (Dutille). Fouled out - Rinaldi. Rebounds - A 40 (Rinaldi 13), B 39 (King 11). Assists - A 14 (Sullivan 4), B 12 (McCrave 6). Total fouls - A 19, B 13. Technicals - None. Attendance - 125.

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