Women's Basketball vs. Springfield
Saturday, January 20—1 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium—Babson Park, Mass.
Babson and Springfield will meet for the 37th time on Saturday in a series that dates back to 1993. The Beavers are 26-11 all-time against the Pride and won the only matchup between the teams last season.
Giovanna Pickering '17 led all scorers with 17 points and Taylor Russell '17 finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Beavers defeated Springfield, 59-35, to clinch their second consecutive NEWMAC regular season title on February 18, 2017, in Babson Park. Junior Gracie Restituyo had 11 points and a game-high 17 boards for the Pride, which got outscored 20-3 in the third quarter.
LAST SPRINGFIELD WIN
Emily Gins finished with 18 points and nine rebounds and the Pride held Babson to just 22.6 percent shooting in the second half en route to a 55-46 victory on January 12, 2016, in Springfield. Senior Lexi Windwer added 11 points for Springfield, while Russell scored nine points for the Beavers, who led 30-27 at half.
SCOUTING THE PRIDE
Springfield (12-5, 6-2 NEWMAC) has dropped two of its last three games after suffering a 71-63 loss at Wesleyan on Monday. Sophomores Emily Jacques scored 18 points and Alex Goslin added 16 and five assists for the Pride, which saw the Cardinals shot 48.9 percent from the floor. Restituyo (11.2 pts, 10.2 reb) is averaging 15.2 points and shooting 70.2 percent over the last five games, junior Chelsea McAllister (10.4 pts, 3.5 reb) has reached double figures in nine of the last 11 contests, and Goslin (9.9 pts, 4.2 ast, 4.1 reb) ranks fourth in the conference in assists.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (12-5, 8-1 NEWMAC) has won three straight and six of its last seven games after easing past Emerson, 78-48, on Wednesday. Junior Payton Ouimette finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds, while junior Elizabeth Lane chipped in with 12 points, six boards and four assists for the Beavers, who never trailed in the game. Ouimette (14.5 pts, 12.5 reb) ranks seventh in Division III with 12 double-doubles, junior Tea Spellacy (8.9 pts, 3.1 ast) is fifth in NEWMAC play in assists, and classmate Katherine Tamulionis (7.8 pts, 2.6 ast) is averaging 10.1 points over the last seven games.
GOING FOR GOLD
The Beavers will be wearing gold shoelaces on Saturday in support of the Go4theGoal Foundation's Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer program. To learn more about pediatric cancer, or to donate to the cause please visit Go4thegoal.org/laceup.html.
NEWMAC AT THE MIDWAY POINT
With all but two of the league's 11 teams having played eight or more games, the Green and White enters Saturday's action a game and a half in front of Springfield, WPI and MIT. The top five teams in the NEWMAC, which includes a Smith team that handed Babson its only loss, are all separted by just one game in the loss column.
After missing back-to-back wins over Wellesley and Clark, senior Brenna LeGacy produced 11 points, a season-high eight rebounds and two steals in 31 minutes of action on Wednesday at Emerson.
DOMINATING THE PAINT
Ouimette, who ranks second in the NEWMAC in scoring and fourth in field goal percentage (51.6), has posted nine double doubles while reaching double figures in points and pulling down at least nine boards in 10 of the last 11 games.
FILLING THE STAT SHEET
Spellacy has dished out five assists in each of the last two games, Lane is averaging 10.7 points and 5.0 rebounds over the last three contests, and sophomore Emily Bonifacic is producing 6.3 points, 6.3 boards and 3.0 assists in her last three outings.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers are 10-2 this season when outscoring their opponents at the free throw line.