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Game Preview: Women's Basketball at Clark

Game Preview: Women's Basketball at Clark

Women's Basketball at Clark
Saturday, December 2—1 p.m.
Kneller Athletic Center—Worcester, Mass.

Babson and Clark will meet for the 48th time on Saturday in a series that dates back to the 1976-77 season. The Beavers are 25-22 all-time against the Cougars and have won 14 of the last 15 games between the teams.

Giovanna Pickering '17 and Taylor Russell '17 both scored 16 points as the Beavers routed Clark, 86-50, on February 4, 2017, in Babson Park. Junior Tea Spellacy added a career-high 15 points for the Beavers, who scored 30 points off of 28 Cougar turnovers. Junior Ogechi Ezemma led Clark with 12 points, eight rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots.

Emily Reilly led all players with 20 points and 14 rebounds as the Cougars held off Babson, 74-72, on February 22, 2014, in Worcester. Ashleigh Condon added 16 points for Clark, who shot 86.2 percent (25-of-29) at the free throw line. Pickering scored 19 points and dished out seven assists, while Erin Young '15 came off the bench to score 14 points for the Beavers.

Clark (4-1, 0-0 NEWMAC) enters is conference opener riding a three-game winning streak following Wednesday's 62-35 victory over Simmons. Kacey Legare and Hannah Favaloro paced a balanced attack with 11 points apiece for the Cougars, who outscored the Sharks 39-12 in the middle quarters. Ogechi Ezemma (16.6 pts, 9.4 reb) is shooting 58.3 percent from the floor, senior Haley Wilder (13.2 pts, 4.2 reb) has dished out nine assists over the last three games, and first-year Idalis Miranda (12.2 pts, 5.8 ast) has reached double figures in scoring on four of five contests. Clark owns a +9.6 rebounding margin and is forcing 23.2 turnovers per game.

Babson (3-1, 1-0 NEWMAC) bounced back from its first loss of the year by defeating Wheaton, 77-56, in its league opener on Wednesday night. Spellacy and junior Payton Ouimette both scored 16 points for the Beavers, while classmates Katherine Tamulionis and Elizabeth Lane finished with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Ouimette (12.0 pts, 10.8 reb) has posted two double-doubles, Spellacy (10.3 pts, 3.3 ast) was 4-of-6 from beyond the arc on Wednesday, and senior Brenna LeGacy (9.0 pts, 1.8 reb) is shooting 53.1 percent from the field. The Green and White leads the conference in both offensive rebounds per game (18.0) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.13).

Led by a career-high 16 boards from Ouimette and 10 from sophomore Emily Bonifacic, the Green and White outrebounded Wheaton 55-29 on Wednesday night. The Beavers matched their season high with 23 offensive rebounds, which translated into a season-high 21 second-chance points.

Babson has won 12 straight NEWMAC road games, nine of them by double digits, and is 21-2 away from home against league foes going back to January 3, 2015.

Bonifacic and Spellacy combined to shoot 55 percent while averaging 8.5 points apiece in a pair of lopsided victories over Clark last season.

The Beavers have forced 24 or more turnovers in each of their last five games against Clark. Babson's average margin of victory in these five contests is 36.8 points.