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Game Preview: Women's Basketball vs. Bates

Game Preview: Women's Basketball vs. Bates

Women's Basketball vs. Bates
Wednesday, December 20—2 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Bates will meet for the 29th time on Wednesday afternoon in a series that dates back to the 1976-1977 season. The Beavers are 10-18 all-time against the Bobcats although the teams have met just once over the last decade.

Kristen Ferola '16 scored a game-high 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds, while Linnett Graber '16 recorded a double-double with 14 points and a career-high 15 boards as Babson defeated visiting Bates, 69-58, on February 12, 2016, inside Staake Gymnasium. Chelsea Nason '16 scored 17 points, recorded six rebounds and dished out three assists to lead the Bobcats.

Val Beckwith finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds as Bates defeated Babson, 75-64, in the championship game of the Babson Invitational Tournament on November 19, 2006, in Babson Park. Matia Kostakis added 18 points and 11 boards for the Bobcats, while Bekie Berg led the Beavers with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Bates (3-6) snapped its two-game losing streak with a 60-52 victory over Roanoke on Tuesday afternoon. Senior Nina Davenport finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds and Julia Middlebrook added 14 points and four steals for the Bobcats, who recorded a season-high 19 steals. Davenport (20.4 pts, 6.6 reb) has been the team's leading scorer in every game this season, while Carly Christofi is contributing 9.0 points and 2.1 rebounds. Emily Freedland (6.3 pts, 3.3 reb, 2.3 steals) led all players with eight steals on Tuesday. Bates is shooting just 30.4 percent from the floor this season, but has committed more than 12 turnovers just once in its last four contests.

Babson (6-2) is looking to keep up the momentum after defeating Roanoke, 61-56, at home on Monday. Junior Payton Ouimette recorded her fifth double-double with 18 points and a career-high 21 rebounds, while senior Brenna LeGacy added 13 points for the Beavers, who trailed by as many as 15 late in the second quarter. Ouimette (13.4 pts, 11.8 reb) is shooting 57.1 percent from the floor, LeGacy (9.9 pts, 2.6 reb) is averaging 14.5 points over the last two outings, and junior Tea Spellacy (9.6 pts, 3.0 ast, 1.8 steals) leads the Green and White in both assists and steals. Babson ranks 40th in Division III with a +8.9 rebounding margin, and is forcing 19.4 turnovers per game.

As part of its dominating 53-21 rebounding margin in Monday's win over Roanoke, the Green and White pulled down 57.5 of its missed shots and finished with a 24-5 edge in second-chance points. The Beavers are averaging 16.0 offensive rebounds this season and 17.0 second-chance points over the last five games.

With 21 boards on Monday, Ouimette became just the second Babson player to finish with 20 or more in a single game over the last two decades. Sarah Collins '13 hauled in 22 rebounds on two occasions during the 2012-13 campaign.

The first-year trio of Christina Bonfiglio, Katie Jones and Hailey Reynolds combined for 10 points, eight rebounds and two steals in Monday's win. Jones matched her career high with six points, while Bonfiglio set new career bests in minutes (18) and boards (6).

In their six victories this season, the Beavers have limited opponents to just 36.2 percent shooting and 0.78 points per possession.