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Second-Half Rally Sends WPI Past Women's Basketball, 52-43

Second-Half Rally Sends WPI Past Women's Basketball, 52-43

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Visiting WPI closed the game with a 25-6 run on its way to defeating Babson College, 52-43, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Wednesday night at Staake Gymnasium.

Babson, which entered the night tied for first place, falls to 15-8 overall and 11-3 in league play, while WPI improves to 17-5 overall and 10-3 in the NEWMAC with its third consecutive win.

Junior Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) led all players with 15 points and 15 rebounds, while classmate Elizabeth Lane (Skaneateles, N.Y.) added 10 points for the Beavers.

Senior Ama Biney (Worcester, Mass.) had 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting to go along with seven rebounds for the Engineers. Sophomore Alana Keating (Leominster, Mass.) added 10 points, all in the second half, while senior Stasha Greenalch (Newington, Conn.) finished with six points, seven rebounds and a game-high seven assists.

Ouimette scored seven first-quarter points and the Green and White used an 11-2 spurt that spanned parts of both periods to build a 20-10 lead with 6:23 to go in the second. WPI responded with hoops on three straight possessions to get within four, but the Beavers shot 54.5 percent in the frame and extended their advantage back to 27-21 at the break.

Babson matched its biggest lead of the game at 37-27 on back-to-back layups by first-year Katie Jones (Ridgewood, N.J.) with 3:33 to go in the third quarter. The Engineers closed the frame with an 8-0 run that included a buzzer-beating jumper from Greenalch, and then pulled even on a layup by senior Breanna Dozier (Dedham, Mass.) on the first possession of the fourth.

The Beavers went back in front a pair of free throws by Lane and took their final lead at 41-39 on a bucket by Ouimette with 6:56 remaining. WPI took over from there, getting seven points from Keating as part of an 11-0 run that made it 50-41 on a steal and layup by Biney with 54 seconds to go.

The Green and White was held to just 2-of-16 shooting and commited eight of its 15 turnovers in the final quarter.

Both teams return to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. as Babson travels to Springfield, while WPI is at Clark.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers are now 34-23 all-time against WPI and the teams have split their last six meetings.
• The Green and White recorded a season-low five assists on 18 field goals and matched a season low with 43 points.
• Wednesday's loss drops Babson to 13-2 this season when holding its opponents below 60 points.