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Second-Half Rally Propels Women's Hoops Past Roanoke, 61-56

Second-Half Rally Propels Women's Hoops Past Roanoke, 61-56

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) led all players with 18 points and a career-high 21 rebounds as Babson College rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit to defeat visiting Roanoke College, 61-56, in non-conference women's basketball action on Monday afternoon at Staake Gymnasium.

With the win, Babson improves to 6-2 overall, while Roanoke slip to 2-6 on the season.

Ouimette went 6-of-8 from the floor and pulled down 21 boards, which are the most since Sarah Collins '13 finished with 22 rebounds at MIT on February 6, 2013. Senior Brenna LeGacy (Attleboro, Mass.) added 13 points and a season-high seven caroms, while junior Elizabeth Lane (Skaneateles, N.Y.) chipped I with seven points in the victory.

Sophomore Molly Hassell (Troutville, Va.) went 6-of-9 from three-point range and led the Maroons with 18 points. Classmate Laura McManimen (Harrisburg, N.C.) added 15 points in a losing effort.

The Green and White led by as many as seven less than six minutes into the contest, but Roanoke buried its first five three-pointers of the second quarter, including three by Hassell, as part of a 21-5 run. The Maroons were 7-of-11 from beyond the arc in the opening half and took their biggest lead of the game at 34-19 on a layup by first-year Corinne McPadden (Ellington, Conn.) with 2:39 remaining in the second quarter.

The Beavers scored the final six points of the first half and got a putback from Ouimette to finish off an 11-0 run that closed the gap to 38-34 less than two minutes into the third quarter. Ouimette knocked down four straight free throws to tie the game at 41, and sophomore Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) and first-year Katie Jones (Ridgewood, N.J.) each scored in the final 66 seconds of the frame to give the hosts a 45-41 lead going to the fourth.

Two free throws by Jones and a hoop by Ouimette gave the Green and White a 54-46 edge, its biggest of the afternoon, with 3:12 left. Roanoke scored seven of the next nine points to get as close as three on a layup by McPadden with 1:23 to go. Ouimette pushed the margin back to four with 1:08 remaining, and juniors Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) and Tea Spellacy (Belchertown, Mass.) put the game away with four foul shots over the final 27 seconds.

The Beavers shot just 35.1 percent from the floor, but finished with a 53-21 edge on the glass while outscoring the Maroons 34-14 in the paint, 24-5 off second-chance points, and 21-6 at the charity stripe.

Roanoke shot 38.5 percent overall and were 10-of-22 from distance (45.5 percent).

Babson returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Bates at 2 p.m., while the Maroons will take on the Bobcats on Tuesday at 2 p.m. inside Staake Gymnasium.

• The Beavers are now 2-0 all-time against Roanoke and 3-0 against ODAC foes.
• Head coach Judy Blinstrub recorded the 611th win of her career, tying her with former Roanoke head coach Susan Dunagan for 11th place on Division III's all-time list.
• Babson went 0-of-12 from three-point range in Monday's win, which snapped a 53-game streak of making at least one triple.
• The Beavers have now won nine consecutive games when holding their opponents below 60 points.