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Women's Hoops Blows Past MCLA in Naismith Classic Finale, 75-51

Women's Hoops Blows Past MCLA in Naismith Classic Finale, 75-51

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—Junior Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) led all players with 19 points and 17 rebounds as Babson College blew past the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 75-51, on the second day of the Naismith Classic at Springfield College on Sunday afternoon.

With the win, Babson improves to 7-4 overall, while MCLA slips to 4-6 on the year.

Junior Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) matched her career high with 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting, while classmate Tea Spellacy (Belchertown, Mass.) added 11 points and a pair of assists. First-year Katie Jones (Ridgewood, N.J.) also scored 11 points, which included a 6-of-7 effort from the free throw line.

Senior Emily Moulton (North Adams, Mass.) and junior Courtney Pingelski (Mechanicville, N.Y.) both scored 12 points to pace four players in double figures for the Trailblazers.

The Green and White scored 11 second-chance points in the first quarter and got six points from Spellacy, but MCLA hit 7-of-12 shots from the floor and led 18-17 after 10 minutes. Despite their struggles on the offensive end, the Beavers held the Trailblazers to just three second-quarter field goals while forcing eight turnovers as the teams went into the locker room deadlocked at 25-25.

Leading 35-34 early in the third quarter, Babson took control of the game with a 21-3 run. Tamulionis scored consecutive buckets and Ouimette followed with five straight points, including a three-point play, to make it 44-34 with 5:12 left in the period. Tamulionis scored the next six points for the Beavers, while Ouimette sandwiched a pair of layups around a bucket by sophomore Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) to extend the margin to 56-37 with 1:52 to go in the third.

MCLA got as close as 58-45 early in the fourth, but the Green and White responded with a 10-run that pushed the lead to 23 on a three-pointer by Jones with a little more than three minutes remaining.

Babson shot just 34.7 percent from the floor, but outscored the Trailblazers 38-9 off of turnovers and 28-4 in the paint. The Beavers also finished with a 55-27 rebounding edge, including a season-high 32 offensive boards.

MCLA shot 41.3 percent on the afternoon, but committed 27 turnovers in the loss.

Babson returns to action on Wednesday when it visits MIT at 7 p.m., while the Trailblazers travel to Union on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

• Sunday's meeting was the first all-time between Babson and MCLA.
• The Beavers have now hauled down 20 or more offensive rebounds in three of their last four games and five times overall this season.
• The Green and White has won 69 consecutive games when scoring 75 points or more going back to 2008.
• Babson is 7-0 this season when holding a lead entering the fourth quarter.