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Game Preview: Women's Basketball at Emerson

Game Preview: Women's Basketball at Emerson

Women's Basketball at Emerson
Wednesday, January 17—7:30 p.m.
Brown-Plofker Gymnasium—Boston, Mass.

Babson and Emerson will meet for the eighth time in a series that dates back to the 2013-14 season on Wednesday. The Beavers are 7-0 all-time against the Lions, which includes six double-digit victories.

Giovanna Pickering '17 recorded a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds to help head coach Judy Blinstrub record her 600th career victory as the Beavers defeated Emerson, 72-51, on Feburary 8, 2017, in Babson Park. Jennifer Narlee '17 and Taylor Russell '17 combined for 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds apiece for Babson, which pulled away with a 26-point fourth quarter. . Junior Natalie Busch scored recorded 17 points to go along with five rebounds for the Lions.

Emerson (5-9, 3-4 NEWMAC) is looking to rebound from an 80-50 loss on Saturday. Sophomore Kate Foultz led the team with eight points off the bench, while rookie Ashley Toner contributed seven points for the Lions, who shot a season-low 25 percent from the floor. Foultz (12.9 pts, 1.9 ast) leads the team in scoring and is shooting 43 percent, Busch (8.6 pts, 2.9 ast) leads the squad in assists, and first-year Sam Boyle (8.5 pts, 6.9 reb) is Emerson's top rebounder. The Lions are second in the NEWMAC in three-point field goal percentage (38.0), but rank 10th in the league in rebounding margin (-5.7).

Babson (11-5, 7-1 NEWMAC) picked up its second consecutive victory with an 82-56 win over Clark on Saturday at Staake Gymnasium. Junior Katherine Tamulionis scored a career-high 17 points, while classmate Payton Ouimette posted her 11th double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Beavers, who turned 31 Cougar turnovers into 25 points. Ouimette (14.3 pts, 12.5 reb) is shooting 52 percent from the floor, junior Tea Spellacy (8.7 pts, 2.9 ast, 1.7 stl) leads the team in assists, and Tamulionis (7.9 pts, 2.6 ast) is averaging 10.3 points on 45.5 percent shooting in conference play. The Green and White rank 20th in Division III in rebounding margin (+11.1) and are holding NEWMAC foes to just 33.8 percent shooting.

After producing three double-doubles and averaging 16.0 points and 15.0 rebounds, Ouimette was named to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week on Monday night. She is tied for sixth in Division III in double-doubles, 14th in rebounds per game and 18th in offensive boards per contest (5.00).

Junior Elizabeth Lane matched her season high with 11 points and averaged 8.7 points and 4.0 rebounds while playing better than 31 minutes in each of Babson's three games last week. She also connected on two three-pointers in both the OT loss at Smith on Tuesday and Saturday's win over Clark.

The Green and White, which has outscored its opponents by 81 points in the third quarter this season, pulled away from Clark with a 23-10 effort in the period on Saturday. Babson has scored 20 or more points in the third quarter on eight occasions and has outscored seven of eight NEWMAC foes in the period this year.

The Beavers are 11-0 this season and 51-3 since the start of the 2015-16 campaign when carrying a lead into the fourth quarter.