January 19, 2013

Game Preview: No. 20 Women's Basketball vs. Coast Guard--1/19/13

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. COAST GUARD
Saturday, January 19
Staake Gymnasium—2:00pm

THE SERIES: Saturday afternoon's contest will mark the 35th meeting between Babson and Coast Guard in a series that dates back to 1983. The Beavers hold a 27-7 advantage over the Bears all-time and have won 12 straight games dating back to 2006.

LAST MEETING: The two teams met just over a week ago as Babson built a 26-point second half lead on its way to a 49-34 victory on January 8 in New London, Conn. Senior Sarah Collins led the way for the Beavers with game-highs of 14 points and 16 rebounds while first-year Linnett Graber added nine points and five steals and classmate Kristen Ferola netted nine points to go along with four rebounds. The Green and White held a 41-30 advantage on the glass and held Coast Guard to just 22.6 percent shooting for the game.

LAST COAST GUARD WIN: The Bears closed the regular season with an 84-63 win over the Green and White on February 18, 2006 in New London.

SCOUTING THE BEARS: Coast Guard (6-8, 4-5 NEWMAC) had its two-game winning streak snapped in a 59-45 loss to Wellesley on Wednesday night. Leading scorer Meghan Fornaro and Victoria Sutherland each scored eight points and sophomore Dani Knox pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds in the loss. The Bears shot just 31.4 percent from the floor and committed 26 turnovers. Fornaro is currently seventh in the NEWMAC in scoring and her 12.5 points per game are the best among all first-year players in the league. Senior Karli Collins, the Bears' top rebounder, ranks third in the conference grabbing 8.5 rebounds per night.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS: No. 20 Babson had its six-game winning streak snapped with a 62-42 loss to Williams on Friday night. The Beavers, who entered the game having won 46 straight games at Staake Gymnasium, shot just 24.6 percent from the floor and fell behind by 21 points at halftime as Williams buried eight first half three-pointers. Collins led the Green and White with 10 points and seven rebounds while sophomore Erin Young added nine points and first-year Megan Otto chipped in with five points and a game-high eight rebounds, tying her career high. Collins (17.2 ppg, 13.9 rpg) continues to lead the conference in both scoring and rebounding.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Babson outrebounded Williams 45-30 on Friday night and are now 14-1 on the season when they hold an advantage on the glass.

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