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Game Preview: Women's Basketball at Mount Holyoke

Game Preview: Women's Basketball at Mount Holyoke

Women's Basketball at Mount Holyoke
Saturday, January 27—1 p.m.
Mildred S. Howard Gymnasium—South Hadley, Mass.

Babson and Mount Holyoke will meet for the 46th time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to the 1981-82 season. The Beavers are 38-7 all-time against the Lyons and have won 18 straight in the series going back to 2009.

Babson knocked down a season-high 16 three-point field goals as on the way to defeating Mount Holyoke,103-22, in Staake Gymnasium back on January 6. Junior Bianca Tomassini matched her career high with 21 points, while first-year Katie Jones scored a career-high 16 points for the Beavers, who forced 41 turnovers in the win. Junior Leah Hodges paced the Lyons with 11 points.

Joeanna Silva poured in a game-high 31 points and pulled down 12 rebounds as the Lyons rallied from a 10-point deficit to defeat Babson, 73-71, in double overtime, in a NEWMAC Tournament semifinal on February 24, 2007, in Worcester, Mass. Suzy Ward '07 had 22 points and a game-high 15 rebounds for the Beavers.

Mount Holyoke (0-18, 0-10 NEWMAC) suffered a 90-31 loss at Clark on Wednesday night. Hodges led the team with 11 points and two steals, while first-year GraceAnne Woods contributed seven points and four rebounds. Hodges (9.4 pts, 4.0 reb) is averaging 15.0 points over the last four games, first-year Raquel Fitzpatrick (8.2 pts, 5.3 reb) is second on the team in scoring and rebounding, and senior Kate Rawson is producing 4.5 points and a team-high 6.5 boards. The Lyons, who own the second longest losing streak in Division III at 39 games, are averaging a turnover on 37.6 percent of its possessions this season.

Babson (12-6, 8-2 NEWMAC) is looking for redemption after suffering a 63-56 loss against Springfield last Saturday inside Staake Gymnasium. Junior Elizabeth Lane scored 13 points, while classmate Payton Ouimette added 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Beavers, who were unable to rally from a double-digit deficit late in the third quarter. Ouimette (14.3 pts, 12.7 reb) is tied for sixth in Division III with 13 double-doubles, junior Tea Spellacy (8.9 pts, 3.0 ast, 1.5 stl) leads the team in assists and steals, and classmate Katherine Tamulionis (8.0 pts, 2.6 ast) is averaging 9.9 points on 45.6 percent shooting in league play. The Green and White ranks 21st in the country in rebounding margin (+11.2) and is forcing a conference-high 20.4 turnovers.

The Beavers have won nine straight road games over the last decade against Mount Holyoke and are 18-1 over their last 19 contest in South Hadley going back to 1990.

In addition to Jones' career-high 16 points in the first meeting three weeks ago, first-years Nicole Hiller and Shaye Galletta both hit double figures against the Lyons. Hiller knocked down five triples and scored 15 points, while Galletta recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds, 10 of which came on the offensive end.

The Green and White, which sits in a three-way tie atop the league standings as it pursues a third consecutive NEWMAC regular season title, has not dropped back-to-back conference games since February of 2015.

The Beavers are 9-3 this season when holding their opponents below 40 percent shooting.