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Game Preview: Women's Basketball vs. WPI

Game Preview: Women's Basketball vs. WPI

Women's Basketball vs. WPI
Wednesday, February 7—6 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and WPI will meet for the 58th time on Wednesday night in a series that dates back to the 1976-77 season. The Beavers are 34-23 all-time against the Engineers with the teams having split their last four matchups.

Giovanna Pickering '17 scored a game-high 24 points and Taylor Russell '17 added 16 as top-seeded Babson defeated third-seeded WPI, 65-46, in the NEWMAC Tournament championship game at Staake Gymnasium on February 26, 2017. Junior Katherine Tamulionis added 12 points and Jennifer Narlee '17 led all players with 11 rebounds for the Beavers. Senior Ama Biney scored 11 points and classmate Madison Beck contributed 10 points and five rebounds for the Engineers.

Priscilla Dunphy scored eight of her team-high 15 points in the fourth quarter as the Engineers rallied for a 56-53 win over the Beavers on February 15, 2017, in Babson Park. Pickering scored a game-high 19 points for Babson, which led by as many as 12 early in the third quarter.

WPI (16-5, 9-3 NEWMAC) will look to continue its momentum after defeating MIT, 61-54, for its second consecutive win on Saturday. Beck led all scorers with 18 points, while senior Maura Buckley added 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Engineers, who went in front for good after outscoring their counterparts 17-8 in the third quarter. Biney (13.4 pts, 7.5 reb, 3.1 ast, 2.6 stl) leads the NEWMAC in steals, Beck (11.9 pts, 4.2 reb) is shooting 52.3 percent from the floor, and senior Stasha Greenalch (7.5 pts, 4.7 ast) is second in the league in assists. WPI ranks first in conference play in scoring defense allowing just 48.8 points per game.

Babson (15-7, 11-2 NEWMAC) defeated Coast Guard, 61-47, for its second consecutive win on Saturday at Staake Gymnasium. Tamulionis scored 14 points, junior Payton Ouimette added 13 and classmate Elizabeth Lane chipped in with 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists for the Beavers, who forced 25 turnovers. Ouimette (13.6 pts, 11.8 reb) is tied for ninth in Division III with 14 double-doubles, junior Tea Spellacy (8.7 pts, 3.0 ast) leads the team in assists, and Tamulionis (8.4 pts, 2.7 ast) is averaging 10.3 points and shooting 49.5 percent in league play. The Green and White is shooting 41.6 percent and holding its foes to a league-low 33.6 percent from the floor in league play.

In seven games since January 13, the Beavers' starting backcourt of Lane, Spellacy and Tamulionis have combined to average 29.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 9.3 assists. The trio also is shooting 45.3 percent overall and 44.9 percent from beyond the arc.

Tamulionis was selected as the NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after the Green and White forced 47 turnovers and held Wheaton and Coast Guard to just 32.7 percent shooting last week. She averaged 2.3 steals in three contests last week and is averaging 2.0 pilfers in nine starts going back to early January.

In addition to taking on WPI on Wednesday, Babson travels to conference co-leader Springfield on Saturday before closing the regular season against MIT next Wednesday. Should the Green and White come out of its final three games unscathed, it would capture its third consecutive NEWMAC regular season crown.

The Beavers are 13-1 this season when holding their opponents below 60 points.