BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) finished with 14 points and a game-high 16 rebounds as Babson College held on to defeat visiting Wellesley College, 43-37, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Thursday night at Staake Gymnasium.
Babson, which won for the fourth time in five games, improves to 10-5 overall and 6-1 in league play, while Wellesley slips to 3-9 overall and 1-5 in the NEWMAC.
Ouimette went 7-of-9 from the floor and recorded her 10th double-double of the year, while junior Elizabeth Lane (Skaneateles, N.Y.) added nine points and five rebounds. First-year Nicole Hiller (Rocky Hill, Conn.) scored eight points and sophomore Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) chipped in with six points, four rebounds and three assists for the Beavers.
Senior Kayla Jang (South Pasadena, Calif.) knocked down five three-pointers and led all scorers with 15 points, while sophomore Caitlin Aguirre (El Paso, Texas) finished with 10 points, four assists and two steals to lead the Blue.
The Green and White held Wellesley just two field goals over the first 13 minutes of the contest and built a 17-6 lead on a bucket by Ouimette with 7:08 to go in the second quarter. A pair of three-pointers by Jang helped the Blue trim its deficit to 19-12, but the Beavers got back-to-back hoops from Lane and Bonifacic to extend the margin back to 23-14 at the break.
Ouimette scored six quick points to begin the third quarter to push the lead to 29-17, but Babson went more than eight minutes without a field goal before getting a three-pointer from Hiller to end the drought and extend the margin to 32-22 going to the fourth. Bonifacic converted a feed from first-year Shaye Gallette (Riverside, Conn.) and Lane connected on a pair of free throws to give the Green and White its biggest lead of the game at 36-22 just 57 seconds into the final stanza.
Jang started a 12-4 spurt with a three-pointer would bring Wellesley within 40-34 on a hoop by first-year sophomore Emily Kopp (Kings Ferry, N.Y.) with 1:32 left. Babson answered on the ensuing possession though, as Bonifacic grabbed an offensive rebound and beat the shot clock with a layup to make it an eight-point game with under a minute to play.
Both teams return to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. as Babson hosts Clark, while Wellesley travels to Coast Guard.
• The Beavers are 51-15 all-time against Wellesley and have won 21 of the last 22 games between the teams.
• Babson's 43 points on Thursday are its fewest scored in a win since defeating Coast Guard, 49-34, on January 8, 2013.
• The Green and White has won 21 consecutive games when holding an opponent under 50 points since suffering a 40-36 setback to Wellesley on December 4, 2013.
• The Beavers are now 10-0 this season when carrying a lead into the fourth quarter.