Colleges: Bates takes down UMPI

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LEWISTON — Swarming defense and offensive ball movement carried the Bates women’s basketball team to its most dominating victory since early December, as the Bobcats ran past the University of Maine at Presque Isle, 88-51, on Tuesday night at Alumni Gymnasium.

Senior Lauren Dobish scored a game-high 17 points for Bates (9-11), while junior Allie Beaulieu and first-year Molly Brown combined for 28 points and 14 rebounds.

Sophomore Olivia McNally led the Owls with 11 points, followed by junior Emily Pelletier with 10, first-year Becca Campbell with nine and senior Emily Moore of Lisbon with eight. First-year Amber Cloutier of Lewiston passed out a team-high four assists.

Twelve players scored and 12 players combined for 27 assists out of Bates’ 38 field goals, indicating excellent ball movement by the Bobcats. Senior Annie Burns amassed game highs of nine assists and four steals in only 17 minutes on the floor. Bates also outrebounded UMPI, 40-29, the Bobcats’ third-best rebounding margin this season

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UMF 60, Maine Maritime 58

CASTINE — Paige Saunders, who sparked a decisive 16-2 run with layups on consecutive possessions, capped the run with the game-winning field goal as the University of Maine at Farmington edged out Maine Maritime 60-58 in NAC women’s basketball action Tuesday.

Kenni Norton scored a game-high 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Beavers (7-11). Saunders also grabbed six from the glass, while Rachel Clement hit 4-of-5, including 3-for-3 from behind the arc to finish with a dozen.

The Mariners (9-9) had a player on the line with 18 seconds remaining, but neither shot fell through. Casey McCloskey hit five 3-pointers, primarily in the second half, en route to a team-high 15 points.

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