BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Giovanna Pickering (Hull, Mass.) poured in 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting and classmate Jennifer Narlee (Medfield, Mass.) recorded a double-double with 11 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to help Babson College defeat Emerson College, 80-68, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Thursday afternoon.
With its fourth straight win, Babson is now 13-2 overall and 7-0 in conference play, while Emerson slips to 8-6 overall and 3-3 in the NEWMAC with its third straight loss.
Pickering added five rebounds, four steals and three assists, while Narlee led all players with six steals for the Beavers. Junior Brenna LeGacy (Attleboro, Mass.) added 13 points, while senior Taylor Russell (Braintree, Mass.) and first-year Jacqueline Jozefick (Milford, Mass.) chipped in with nine apiece.
Sophomore Charlie Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) scored 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting, while junior Sierra Ducey (Poway, Calif.) finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and a game-high seven assists.
Leading 29-25 at the half, the Green and White shot 54.3 percent and scored 51 second-half points to pull away from Emerson. Back-to-back three-point plays by Narlee pushed the lead to 39-31 with 6:35 left in the third quarter, and the Beavers ripped off an 11-2 run after the Lions had crept within two to push their advantage to 53-41 on a three-pointer by Jozefick with 1:13 left in the stanza.
Jozefick buried another triple to open the fourth quarter, and Pickering and Narlee followed with consecutive buckets to give Babson its biggest lead of the game at 62-45 with 7:47 to go in the contest. Emerson got as close as 10 on a three-point play by Boyle with 2:39 remaining, but Pickering buried a three-pointer on the following possession to help put the game away.
The Beavers shot 46.3 percent for the game and finished with a 40-28 edge on the glass, while Emerson shot 45.8 percent and outscored the Green and White 32-28 in the paint.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson travels to Clark at 3 p.m., while Emerson visits Springfield at 10 a.m.
• The Beavers are now 6-0 all-time against Emerson with five of the victories coming by double figures.
• Babson is now 12-0 this season when leading after the first quarter.
• The Beavers have made at least six three-pointers in each of their last three games and are shooting 41.5 percent from beyond the arc during that stretch.