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Game Preview: Women's Basketball at Springfield

Game Preview: Women's Basketball at Springfield

Women's Basketball at Springfield
Saturday, February 10—1 p.m.
Blake Arena—Springfield, Mass.

Babson and Springfield will meet for the 38th time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1993. The Beavers are 26-12 all-time against the Pride but dropped the first matchup between the teams three weeks ago.

Sophomore Alex Goslin paced four players in double figures with 15 points as visiting Springfield defeated the Beavers, 63-56, on January 20 at Staake Gymnasium. Junior Chelsea McAllister scored 14 points and sophomore Emily Jacques added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Pride, which led throughout the second half. Junior Elizabeth Lane finished with 13 points and classmate Payton Ouimette added 11 points and a game-high 13 boards for Babson.

Giovanna Pickering '17 led all scorers with 17 points and Taylor Russell '17 finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Beavers defeated Springfield, 59-35, to clinch their second consecutive NEWMAC regular season title on February 18, 2017, in Babson Park. Junior Gracie Restituyo had 11 points and a game-high 17 boards for the Pride, which got outscored 20-3 in the third quarter.

Springfield (17-6, 11-3 NEWMAC) had its five-game winning streak snapped in a 51-50 overtime loss at Clark on Thursday night. Jacques finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and six steals, and Restituyo led all players with 13 boards for the Pride, which shot just 27.4 percent on the night. Restituyo (11.3 pts, 10.7 reb) is shooting 50.5 percent and ranks second in the conference in rebounding, McAllister (11.0 pts, 3.4 reb) is fourth in the league with 40 three-point field goals, and Goslin (10.3 pts, 4.1 ast) ranks fourth in the NEWMAC in assists. Springfield is holding league foes to 49.3 points and just 34 percent shooting.

Babson (15-8, 11-3 NEWMAC) is looking to bounce back from a 52-43 loss to WPI on Wednesday night at Staake Gymnasium. Ouimette recorded her league-leading 15th double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Beavers, who got outscored 25-6 over the final 14 minutes of the contest. Oiumette (13.7 pts, 12.0 reb) ranks first in rebounding and second in the league in scoring, junior Tea Spellacy (8.4 pts, 3.0 ast) leads the team in assists and steals, and classmate Katherine Tamulionis (8.3 pts, 2.6 ast) is shooting 41.4 percent this winter. The Green and White is tied for first in conference play holding its opponents to just 34 percent shooting.

Despite its loss to WPI on Wednesday, Babson remains tied with Springfield atop the conference standings at 11-3. The Beavers are and Pride are a half-game ahead of Smith and WPI, although both need to win out and get some help to earn the top seed in the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament.

With 15 boards in Wednesday's loss to WPI, Ouimette moved into 11th place on the program's single-season list with 275 rebounds this winter. She is also just 27 caroms away from becoming just the seventh player in Babson history to pull down at least 300 rebounds in a season.

Lane had 10 points in Wednesday's loss and has now reached double figures in scoring in three straight games and six of the last eight contests overall. She also has scored at least nine points in nine straight outings and is averaging 10.8 points on 42.4 percent shooting.

The Beavers are 13-1 on the road against NEWMAC opponents over the last two seasons.