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Game Preview: Women's Basketball vs. Wellesley

Game Preview: Women's Basketball vs. Wellesley

Women's Basketball vs. Wellesley
Thursday, January 11—6 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Wellesley will meet for the 66th time on Thursday night in a series that dates back to the 1976-1977 season. The Beavers are 50-15 against the Blue and have won 20 of the last 21 games between the teams.

Senior Brenna LeGacy led the way with 16 points, while junior Payton Ouimette recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards as Babson defeated Wellesley, 67-55, on December 5 in Wellesley. Lane Arkangel finished with 16 points for Wellesley, which committed 28 turnovers in the loss.

Natalie Anderson scored 10 points and the Blue went 7-of-13 from three-point range to defeat visiting Babson, 55-45, on January 29th, 2014. Leslie Leong and Katie Shulenberger chipped in with nine points apiece for Wellesley, while Linnett Graber '16 had a game-high 12 points for the Beavers, who shot just 32.7 percent.

Wellesley (3-8, 1-4 NEWMAC) is looking for redemption after a 70-53 loss against Springfield on Saturday. Sophomore Caitlin Aguirre scored a team-high 17 points and had three steals for the Blue, while senior Chelsea Brown added 10 points on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting performance off the bench for the Blue. Aguirre (11 pts, 4.1 reb, 2.2 ast, 2.2 stl) is leading the team in scoring, assists and steals, and is shooting 42.9 percent from the floor. Arkangel averaging 8.2 points and first-year Alyssa Cho (8.1 pts, 6.5 reb) leads the team in rebounding. Wellesley is shooting 35.1 percent from the floor and forcing 17.5 turnovers per contest.

Babson (9-5, 5-1 NEWMAC) is coming off of a 83-73 overtime loss at Smith on Tuesday night. Junior Payton Ouimette recorded her ninth double-double of the year with 18 points and 17 rebounds, while classmate Tea Spellacy came off the bench to finish with a career-high 17 points for the Beavers, who got a late three-pointer from first-year Nicole Hiller to force the extra session. Ouimette (14.1 pts, 12.3 reb) is shooting 50.3 percent from the floor and leads the conference in rebounding. Spellacy (9.2 pts, 2.9 ast) is first on the team in assists and steals, and junior Katherine Tamulionis (7.7 pts, 2.6 ast) is averaging 11.5 points on 47.2 percent shooting over the last four games. The Green and White ranks 11th in Division III with a +11.7 rebounding margin.

Babson Athletics will hold a public service and military appreciation night in conjunction with Thursday's women's basketball game. All fans will be admitted free of charge and all service men and women in attendance will be recognized at halftime.

In three games over the last two seasons against Wellesley, LeGacy is averaging 17.0 points and shooting 54.8 percent from the floor.

The Green and White, which began the week as the only unbeaten team in league play, fell into a first-place tie with Springfield at 5-1 after having its 15-game NEWMAC road winning streak snapped by Smith. The Beavers and Pride hold a half-game lead over 4-1 WPI, while the Pioneers, MIT and Coast Guard all have two conference losses.

After reaching double figures just once in her first 12 games, Hiller made five three-pointers and scored a career-high 15 points against Mount Holyoke last Saturday, and followed it up with 10 points at Smith on Tuesday. She has connected on a team-high 18 three-pointers this winter and is shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc.

The Beavers are 7-2 this season and 42-8 going back to the start of the 2015-16 campaign when outscoring their opponents at the free throw line.