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Game Preview: Women's Basketball at Wheaton

Game Preview: Women's Basketball at Wheaton

Women's Basketball at Wheaton
Wednesday, January 31—8 p.m.
Emerson Gymnasium—Norton, Mass.

Babson and Wheaton will meet for the 61st time on Wednesday night in a series that dates back to the 1977-78 season. The Beavers are 44-16 all-time against the Lyons and have won four straight and 18 of the last 19 matchups between the teams.

Junior Payton Ouimette scored 16 points and recorded 16 rebounds as Babson defeated visiting Wheaton, 77-56, at Staake Gymnasium on November 29. Junior Tea Spellacy added a career-high 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting, while classmate Katherine Tamulionis matched her career high with 14 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists for the Beavers. Sophomore Natalie Wind scored 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from three-point range, while senior Emily Cuthbertson added 12 points and five rebounds to lead the Lyons.

Abbie Brickley poured in 31 points and the Lyons finished 13-of-26 from three-point range to edge the Beavers, 77-72, on February 21, 2015, in Babson Park. Rebecca Arnone scored 14 points and Shoemaker recorded a school-record 10 blocks for Wheaton, while Erin Young '15 made five three-pointers and scored 18 points to lead the Beavers.

Wheaton (7-12, 2-8 NEWMAC) is looking to rebound after a 76-46 loss, its third straight, against Smith on Saturday. First-year Mikayla Pucci had 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting and grabbed four rebounds, while sophomore Sara McLeman came off the bench to score seven points for the Lyons, who trailed by 28 at the half. Pucci (13.4 pts, 5.9 reb) is shooting 46.9 percent from the floor, sophomore Natalie Wind (11.5 pts, 2.3 reb) has connected on a NEWMAC-best 49 three-pointers, and senior Rebecca Olivieri (8.9 pts) is shooting 44.3 percent from beyond the arc. Wheaton ranks next to last in the league allowing 67.3 points per game.

Babson (13-7, 9-2 NEWMAC) fell short in its upset bid on Monday night, suffering a 67-63 loss at No. 7/8 Tufts. Ouimette recorded her 14th double-double of the year with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while sophomore Jacqueline Jozefick finished with season highs of 11 points and five boards for the Beavers, who led by as many as 10 in the third quarter. Ouimette (14.2 pts, 12.3 reb) leads the conference in rebounding, Spellacy (8.8 pts, 2.9 ast, 1.5 stl) is first on the team in assists and steals, and Tamulionis (8.1 pts, 2.7 assists) is averaging 10.0 points on 48.8 percent shooting in NEWMAC play. The Green and White is pulling down a league-best 45.9 boards and ranks 12th in Division III with a +12.2 rebounding margin.

The Green and White has won eight straight games at Wheaton with six of the victories coming by at least 10 points going back to 2009.

The Beavers rank first in conference play in points per game (74.4), made free throws (140), free throw attempts (205), field goal defense (33.7 percent), three-point field goal defense (26.8 percent) and rebounding margin (+13.8).

In six games since January 11, junior Elizabeth Lane has scored at least nine points in every game and is averaging 10.5 points on 46.9 percent shooting. She is also contributing 5.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists during this stretch.

The Beavers have snagged 10 or more offensive rebounds in 47 of their last 50 games going back to the start of last season.