BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) paced three players in double figures with 14 points and three steals as Babson College defeated Coast Guard, 61-47, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Staake Gymnasium.
With the win, Babson improves to 15-7 overall and 11-2 in conference play, while Coast guard falls to 10-10 on the season and 5-7 in the NEWMAC.
Junior Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) posted 13 points and seven boards, classmate Elizabeth Lane (Skaneateles, N.Y) scored 12 points to go along with seven rebounds and three assists, and fellow junior Tea Spellacy (Belchertown, Mass.) chipped in with nine points for the Beavers.
Senior Gillian Gerton (Lorton, Va.) recorded a team high nine points, sophomore Brenna Wood (Somerset, Mass.) added seven points and eight rebounds off the bench, while senior Jill Bray (Glastonbury, Conn.) and junior Johanna Moolenaar (Denver, N.C) chipped in with six points apiece for the Bears.
Spellacy knocked down back-to-back three-pointers, Tamulionis followed with five straight points and sophomore Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) scored inside to give the Green and White a 15-4 lead late in the first quarter. Despite missing 14 of its 15 shots, Coast Guard pulled within 20-16 on a triple by sophomore Zoe Riis-Fallica (Patchogue, N.Y.) with 4:41 to go until halftime.
Tamulionis converted a pair of layups and Ouimette scored following a steal by sophomore Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) as part of an 8-2 run that pushed the Beavers' advantage back to 28-20 at the break. Lane six scored of the first eight points to begin the third quarter as the hosts built a 16-point lead less than two minutes into the frame.
Ouimette finished off a three-point play to give Babson its biggest lead of the game at 43-26 with 4:29 to go in the third. Coast Guard followed with an 8-2 spurt to pull within 45-34 after a three-point play by sophomore Breanna Wood (Somerset, Mass.) with 9:49 to go in the fourth quarter.
The Bears' momentum was short-lived though, as Lane followed a layup by Ouimette with a jumper and a three-pointer to push the Beavers' advantage back to 52-36 with seven minutes to play.
Babson returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts WPI 6 p.m., while Coast guard travels to Elms on Monday for a 7 p.m. match.
• The Beavers are 33-10 all-time against Coast Guard.
• Babson, which held a 42-36 edge on the glass, is 14-4 this season when outrebounding its opponents.
• The Green and White improves to 7-0 this season and has won its last 26 games when holding opponents below 50 points.
• The Beavers have held their last four opponents to just 32.1 percent shooting.