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Game Preview: Women's Basketball vs. Clark

Game Preview: Women's Basketball vs. Clark

Women's Basketball vs. Clark
Saturday, January 13—1 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Clark will meet for the 49th time on Saturday in a series that dates back to the 1976-77 season. The Beavers are 26-22 all-time against the Cougars and have won 15 of the last 16 games between the teams.

Junior Payton Ouimette led three players in double figures with 14 points and 12 rebounds as Babson defeated Clark, 98-60, on December 2 in Worcester. Sophomore Emily Bonifacic had 11 points and junior Tea Spellacy added 10 for the Beavers, who shot a season-high 57.6 percent and led by 26 at halftime. First-year Idalis Miranda led the Cougars with 12 points and five assists.

Emily Reilly led all players with 20 points and 14 rebounds as the Cougars held off Babson, 74-72, on February 22, 2014, in Worcester. Ashleigh Condon added 16 points for Clark, who shot 86.2 percent (25-of-29) at the free throw line. Pickering scored 19 points and dished out seven assists, while Erin Young '15 came off the bench to score 14 points for the Beavers.

Clark (8-7, 2-4 NEWMAC) snapped a two-game skid with a 71-30 win over Mount Holyoke on Thursday night. Junior Rachel Chen scored a game-high 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting and classmate Kacey Legare came off the bench to score 14 points for the Cougars, who outscored the Lyons 42-13 in the second half. Junior Ogechi Ezemma (12.6 pts, 8.0 reb) has recorded four double-doubles, Miranda (12.3 pts, 4.7 ast, 4.1 reb) ranks second in the NEWMAC in assists, and senior Haley Wilder (10.3 pts, 4.3 reb) was averaging 13.4 points on 50 percent shooting prior to Thursday's win at Mount Holyoke. Clark ranks 10th in the conference allowing 67.3 points.

Babson (10-5, 6-1 NEWMAC) picked up its fourth win over the last five games with a 43-37 victory against Wellesley on Thursday night. Ouimette finished with 14 points and 16 rebounds for the Beavers, who led by as many as 14 early in the fourth quarter. Ouimette (14.1 pts, 12.5 reb) leads the NEWMAC with 10 double-doubles, Spellacy (8.6 pts, 2.8 ast) is shooting 43.8 percent from three-point range in conference play, and junior Katherine Tamulionis (7.3 pts, 2.5 ast) is averaging 9.6 points while shooting 43.6 percent over the last five contests. The Green and White is averaging a league-best 17.0 offensive rebounds over its first seven NEWMAC contests.

After falling to Smith in overtime on Tuesday in a game that saw both teams finish with more than 80 possessions, the Green and White had a season-low 54 possessions in Thursday's victory over Wellesley. Saturday's game should see a better tempo as the Beavers scored 98 points on a season-high 82 possessions in December's win over Clark.

In addition to leading the conference in forced turnovers (20.9) and ranking second in field goal percentage defense (33.4), Babson is outrebounding NEWMAC opponents by 13.6 boards per contest.

Going back to the start of the 2015-16 season, the Green and White is 21-3 with 16 double-digit wins against NEWMAC foes inside Staake Gymnasium. The three losses during this stretch also have come by a total of just eight points.

Since suffering a 74-72 loss at Clark in the final game of the 2013-14 regular season, the Beavers have recorded six consecutive wins by 30 or more points against the Cougars.