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Game Preview: Women's Basketball vs. Roanoke

Game Preview: Women's Basketball vs. Roanoke

Women's Basketball vs. Roanoke
Monday, December 18—2 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Roanoke will meet for the second time on Monday in a series that began in 2010. The Beavers won the only other meeting between the squads season at the Las Vegas Hoopla Tournament.

Nicki Wurdeman '12 recorded a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds to go along with four steals as the Beavers defeated Roanoke, 73-59, on December 19, 2010. Becky Bowman '11 made a strong impact by shooting 7-of-10 from the floor and scoring 16 points for Babson. Rebecca Bays finished with 19 points for the Maroons.

Roanoke (2-5) shot just 29.6 percent and fell to Southern Virginia in overtime, 69-65, on December 8. Rookie guard Kristina Harrel recorded 23 points, nine steals, and seven rebounds for the Maroons, while classmate Corinne McPadden scored 14 points and fellow first-year Madeline Suhr pulled down 17 rebounds. Sophomore Laura McManimen (11.0 pts, 1.8 ast) leads the team in scoring, and Harrel (10.0 pts, 2.4 stl) and sophomore Molly Hassel (10.0 pts, 2.3 ast) are both shooting 51.1 percent from the floor. Roanoke is averaging 9.6 steals per game and forcing 23.6 turnovers.

Babson (5-2) returns to action after defeating Wellesley, 67-55, on December 6. Senior Brenna LeGacy led the team with 16 points, while junior Payton Ouimette recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 boards for the Beavers. Ouimette (12.7 pts, 10.4 reb), who has earned two straight NEWMAC weekly honors, is shooting 54.8 percent from the floor and leads the team in rebounds. Junior Tea Spellacy (10.1 pts, 3.1 ast) is leading the team in assists and LeGacy is averaging 9.4 points on 50.9 percent shooting. The Green and White owns a +8.8 rebounding margin and is shooting 41.1 percent through seven games.

Head coach Judy Blinstrub picked up her 610th career win two weeks ago at Wellesley and will move into a tie for 12th place on the Division III all-time wins list with one more victory. Ironically, 12th place is currently occupied by Susan Dunagan, who went 611-271 from 1982-2014 at Roanoke.

The Beavers are averaging 17.5 points in the first quarter this season and are 5-0 when leading after 10 minutes.

The matchup with Roanoke on Monday will be just the third game against an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) foe in program history. In addition to the 2010 win over the Maroons, Babson defeated Emory & Henry in overtime last season down in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The Beavers are 4-0 this season and have won their last eight games when allowing 60 points or less.