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Game Preview: Women's Basketball at MIT

Game Preview: Women's Basketball at MIT

Women's Basketball at MIT
Wednesday, January 3—7 p.m.
Rockwell Cage—Cambridge, Mass.

Babson and MIT will meet for the 62nd time on Wednesday night in a series that dates back to the 1976-1977 season. The Beavers are 50-11 all-time against the Engineers.

MIT rallied from a 14-point first-half deficit and went 9-of-11 from the free throw line in the second overtime period on its way to defeating the Beavers, 78-74, on January 25, 2017, in Babson Park. Giovanna Pickering '17 finished with a career-high 31 points to go along with seven rebounds, three assists and two steals, while Jennifer Narlee '17 grabbed 18 rebounds for Babson. Taylor V'Dovec scored 29 points on 12-of-19 shooting to lead the Engineers.

Pickering and Linnett Graber '16 each scored 19 points to lead Babson past MIT, 73-41, on January 27, 2016, in Cambridge. Kristen Ferola '16 chipped in with 12 points for the Beavers, who shot 50.9 percent and finished with a 42-12 edge in paint scoring. Sabrina Drammis finished with 16 points for the Engineers, who shot just 25 percent.

MIT (7-3, 3-0 NEWMAC) had its six-game winning streak snapped in a 68-63 loss to UMass Boston on Saturday. First-year Kylie Gallagher led the Engineers with 17 points, nine rebounds, and two steals, while juniors Kristen Ngan and Dolly Yuan added 15 and 14 points, respectively, for the Engineers, who committed a season-high 22 turnovers. V'Dovec (13.2 pts, 6.8 reb) leads the team in scoring, junior Kara Holinski (13.0 pts, 3.6 reb, 3.0 ast) is 13-of-20 (65 percent) from three-point range over the last four games, and Gallagher (12.0 pts, 7.2 reb) has produced three double-doubles. MIT has allowed just 41.3 points while holding its first three conference foes to 31.8 percent shooting.

Babson (7-4, 3-0 NEWMAC) is coming off a 75-51 victory over MCLA on the second day of the Naismith Classic at Springfield on Sunday. Junior Payton Ouimette recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 19 points and 17 rebounds, while classmate Katherine Tamulionis matched her career high with 12 points for the Beavers, who used a 21-3 third-quarter run to break the game open. Ouimette (14.5 pts, 12.2 reb) is shooting 52.9 percent, good for fourth in the league, junior Tea Spellacy (9.1 pts, 2.7 ast) leads the Green and White with 18 steals, and senior Brenna LeGacy (8.2 pts, 2.7 reb) has reached double figures in four of eight starts this season. Babson is shooting 46.3 percent and owns a rebounding margin of +21.3 over its first three NEWMAC games.

Ouimette continued her impressive play by averaging 17.5 points and 15.3 rebounds and producing three double-doubles in a four-game stretch over the holidays. She earned her third NEWMAC Offensive Player of the Week honor, and was also selected as the NEWBA Player of the Week on Tuesday.

In addition to the 12 points scored by Tamulionis on Sunday against MCLA, Spellacy and first-year Katie Jones both added 11 points apiece. Junior Bianca Tomassini, who made her first start since November 18, also contributed five steals, four rebounds and three assists to go along with two points in the win over the Trailblazers.

Sophomore Jacqueline Jozefick, who missed eight straight games after going down with an injury in the season opener on November 17, returned to action over the weekend with four points in 21 minutes in Saturday's loss to Colby. She scored a career-high 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting in last season's 2OT loss to MIT.

The Beavers have won 14 straight conference road games, 11 of which have come by double digits, dating back to January 12, 2016.