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Game Preview: Women's Basketball at Wellesley

Game Preview: Women's Basketball at Wellesley

Women's Basketball at Wellesley
Wednesday, December 6—7 p.m.
Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse—Wellesley, Mass.


Babson and Wellesley will meet for the 65th time on Wednesday night in a series that dates back to the 1976-1977 season. The Beavers are 49-15 against the Blue and have won 19 of the last 21 games between the squads.

Senior Brenna LeGacy scored 20 points and Giovanna Pickering '17 added 15 points and five assists to help visiting Babson pull away from Wellesley for an 83-69 win on February 1, 2017, at Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse in Wellesley.

Natalie Anderson scored 10 points and the Blue went 7-of-13 from three-point range to defeat Babson, 55-45, on January 29, 2014, in Wellesley. Leslie Leong and Katie Shulenberger chipped in with nine points apiece for Wellesley, while Linnett Graber '16 had a game-high 12 points for the Beavers, who shot just 32.7 percent on the night.

Wellesley (3-3, 1-1 NEWMAC) shot just 26.7 percent and fell to Springfield, 63-29, on Saturday. Sophomore Kendall You Mak and first-year Caitlin Aguirre each recorded six points, while junior Zojajha Ayub added four points and four rebounds for the Blue, which scored 14 points off of turnovers. Aguirre (11.0 pts, 2.2 steals) is shooting 46.7 percent from the floor, first-year Alyssa Cho (9.0 pts, 5.5 reb) is the team's leading rebounder, and senior Kayla Jang is contributing 8.0 points and 5.3 boards. Wellesley is averaging 11.3 steals per game and forcing 18.5 turnovers.

Babson (4-2, 2-0 NEWMAC) was downed by Brandeis, 69-56, on Monday night at Red Auerbach Arena in Waltham. Junior Payton Ouimette finished with 15 points and eight rebounds, while classmate Tea Spellacy added 11 points and three steals for the Beavers. Ouimette (12.8 pts, 10.5 reb), who was selected as the league's Offensive and Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, is shooting 53.7 percent, Spellacy (10.3 pts, 2.2 steals) has reached double figures in four straight games, and sophomore Emily Bonifacic is averaging 8.3 points and 5.8 rebounds. The Green and White is shooting 40.9 percent through six games and averaging 17.2 offensive rebounds per outing.

Ouimette was selected as the league's Offensive and Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Monday afternoon. She posted back-to-back double-doubles and averaged 15.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals while shooting 64.7 percent (11-of-17) in wins over Clark and Wheaton

LeGacy averaged 17.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in a pair of games against Wellesley last season, and has produced 14.0 points and 2.7 boards while shooting 50 percent over the last three matchups against the Blue.

The Green and White has outscored Wellesley by an average of 16.7 points over the second and third quarters of their last three meetings. Despite shooting just 58 percent at the free throw line, Babson has also outscored the Blue by a total of 32 points from the charity stripe during the stretch.

The Beavers have won 13 consecutive road games against NEWMAC foes going back to 2016.