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Game Preview: Women's Basketball vs. Coast Guard

Game Preview: Women's Basketball vs. Coast Guard

Women's Basketball vs. Coast Guard
Saturday, February 3—1 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Coast Guard will meet for the 43rd time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to the 1882-83 season. The Beavers hold a 32-10 all-time record against the Bears.

Giovanna Pickering '17 scored a career-high 29 points as Babson defeated Coast Guard 68-56 at Roland Hall on January 10th, 2017. Jennifer Narlee '17 added a season-high 11 points to go along with nine rebounds, six steals and five assists, while Taylor Russell '17 finished with 10 points and three steals. Junior Micaela Martinelli knocked down five three-pointers and led the Bears with 16 points and six rebounds.

Torie Sutherland and junior Gill Gerton each scored 13 points to pace four players in double figures as the Bears edged Babson, 65-61, on February 7, 2015, in Babson Park. Alexi Howland added 12 points for Coast Guard, which took the lead for good on a three-pointer by Sutherland with 1:19 remaining. Pickering led all scorers with 20 points for the Beavers.

Coast Guard (10-9, 5-6 NEWMAC) fell to Springfield 62-43 on Wednesday night Blake Arena. Gerton finished with 11 points and three steals while becoming the 10th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark for the Bears, who missed 15 of their first 16 shots against the Pride. Martinelli (12.6 pts, 5.5 reb) has reached double figures in six of the last seven games, Gerton (11.5 pts, 6.8 reb) is just two rebounds shy of 700 for her career, and senior Jill Bray (8.1 pts, 2.1 reb) is shooting 43.8 percent from the floor. Coast Guard, which is forcing 18.8 turnovers on the year, is holding league foes to just 37.6 percent shooting.

Babson (14-7, 10-2 NEWMAC) defeated Wheaton, 77-43, for its second consecutive conference win on Wednesday night. Junior Elizabeth Lane scored a game-high 12 points, sophomore Emily Bonifacic had 11 points and six rebounds, and juniors Katherine Tamulionis and Bianca Tomassini added 10 points apiece for the Beavers, who led by 24 at halftime. Junior Payton Ouimette (13.7 pts, 12.0 reb) ranks seventh in Division III with 14 double-doubles, classmate Tea Spellacy (8.8 pts, 3.0 ast) leads the team in assists, and Tamulionis (8.1 pts, 2.7 reb) is averaging 10.2 points on 57.5 percent shooting over the last six games. The Green and White is shooting 47.7 percent over its last three outings, and is ranked 13th nationally with a +12.5 rebounding margin.

With six boards on Wednesday at Wheaton, Ouimette has moved into a tie for 16th on the program's single-season list with 253 rebounds through 21 games. Her current 12.0 per game average is also the fourth highest in single-season school history.

Entering the month of February, the Beavers are tied atop the NEWMAC standings with Springfield and are one of three teams to clinch a conference tournament berth. The Green and White is in position to capture its third straight regular season league title and the top seed in the upcoming tournament by winning its final four games.

After shooting just 24.8 percent from beyond the arc over its first 11 games, Babson averaged 6.1 three-point field goals and shot 33.5 percent from distance during 10 contests in the month of January.

The Beavers are 13-4 on the year and 53-10 going back to the start of the 2015-16 campaign when outrebounding their opponents.