Best of Babson Athletics 2016-17: Moment #9

Best of Babson Athletics 2016-17: Moment #9

BABSON PARK, Mass.—First-year Jacqueline Jozefick (Milford, Conn.) connected on the only field goal of overtime with 0:05 remaining as the Babson College women's basketball team defeated No. 25 FDU-Florham, 62-61, to reach the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the first time since 2011 on March 4 in Madison, N.J.

Jozefick scored the Beavers' final five points and her layup in OT was the first bucket for either team in over seven minutes. The Green and White led 40-27 at halftime and was still in front by 11 late in the third quarter before the host Devils used a 23-9 run to build a three-point lead with 4:00 left in regulation. Senior Taylor Russell (Braintree, Mass.) and Jozefick scored on consecutive possessions late in regulation before both teams went scoreless for the first 3:59 of the extra period.

Russell finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Jozefick and senior Giovanna Pickering (Hull, Mass.) each added 10 points in the win. The Beavers forced 23 turnovers and held FDU-Florham to just 32.3 percent shooting.

The Sweet 16 berth was a fitting end to the year for the Green and White, which captured its second consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season title and the league's tournament championship. Pickering, who was selected as the NEWMAC Championship Most Outstanding Player, scored a career-high 35 points in a semifinal win over Smith and followed it up with 24 points in the title game as the Beavers defeated WPI, 65-46.

Babson's season came to an end at 24-6 with an NCAA Tournament Sectional Semifinal loss to eventual national champion Amherst.

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