SOUTH HADLEY, Mass.—First-year Katie Jones (Ridgewood, N.J.) paced a balanced attack with a game-high 14 points as visiting Babson College defeated Mount Holyoke College, 91-27, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon inside the Mildred S. Howard Gymnasium.
With the win, Babson improves to 13-6 overall and 9-2 in league play. Mount Holyoke (0-19, 0-11) has now lost 40 consecutive games overall and 50 straight contests against NEWMAC foes.
Junior Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) added 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting to go along with four assists for the Beavers, who got at least six points from nine different players. Classmate Elizabeth Lane (Skaneateles, N.Y.) finished with nine points, four rebounds, four steals and four assists, while fellow juniors Bianca Tomassini (North Branford, Conn.) and Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) chipped in with eight points apiece.
First-year Raquel Fitzpatrick (Providence, R.I.) led the Lyons with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting.
The Green and White got early three-pointers from Tomassini, first-year Nicole Hiller (Rocky Hill, Conn.) and Lane, which was followed by back-to-back hoops from Ouimette to give the Green and White a 15-2 lead midway through the first quarter. Leading by 11 late in the first, Jones and Tamulionis combined to score 11 straight points as part of a 17-0 run that extended the Babson lead to 32-4 less than three minutes into the second period.
A free throw by Jones pushed the margin to 30 at the 5:21 mark, and the Beavers held the Lyons off the scoreboard for the final five minutes of the frame to take a 39-7 lead into the locker room. Lane and Spellacy each scored six points in the third quarter, and Babson converted on six of its final 10 possessions to close out the stanza with a 63-16 lead.
The Green and White, which shot 64.7 percent in the fourth quarter, got eight points from Jones and six from first-year Caroline Owens (Charlotte, N.C.) over the final 10 minutes while extending its advantage to as many as 66 in the final minute.
Babson returns to action on Monday when it travels to nationall-ranked Tufts at 7 p.m., while Mount Holyoke is set to host Wellesley next Saturday at 1 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 39-7 all-time against Mount Holyoke and have won 19 straight in the series going back to 2009.
• Babson has won its last 73 games when scoring at least 75 points going back to 2008.
• The Green and White has now won 15 straight games when shooting better than 50 percent from the floor, and extended its winning streak to 27 games when holding its opponents to under 30 percent shooting.
• The Beavers have now won 17 of their last 18 NEWMAC road games going back to 2016.