Pioneers' Three-Point Barrage Too Much for Beavers in Home Opener
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Lauren Bondi (Burnaby, British Columbia) scored a season-high 32 points and knocked down 10 of Smith College's 18 three-pointers as the Pioneers defeated Babson College, 86-62, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Staake Gymnasium.
Babson, which had its two-game winning streak snapped, slips to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in league play, while Smith improves to 5-2 overall and 1-1 in the NEWMAC.
Sophomore Nicole Hiller (Rocky Hill, Conn.) scored 13 points, all in the second half, to go along with six rebounds, while senior Bianca Tomassini (North Branford, Conn.) added 11 points five boards to lead the Beavers. Classmate Tea Spellacy (Belchertown, Mass.) chipped in with nine points in the loss.
Bondi went 10-of-14 from beyond the arc and dished out four assists for the Pioneers. First-year Dashelle Gleissner (Los Angeles, Calif.) finished with 16 points and was 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, as was senior Stephanie Foukaris (Nicosia, Cyprus), who added 14 points in the victory.
Bondi and Foukaris combined to make seven three-pointers while scoring 22 points as Smith went 8-of-8 from beyond the arc on the way to building a 31-16 after one quarter. Junior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) scored to cut the Babson deficit back to 15 four minutes into the second, but the Pioneers followed with a 10-2 burst capped off by back-to-back three-pointers from Bondi and Gleissner to extend their advantage back to 46-23 with under three minutes to go in the stanza.
Smith followed a triple by Spellacy with a 12-0 run that made it 60-30 on a free throw by Bondi 5:21 into the third quarter. The Green and trailed by as many as 31 in the period before using a 21-10 run that included eight points from Hiller, six points from sophomore Katie Jones (Ridgewood, N.J.) and five from Tomassini to pull within 73-53 with 6:31 to go in the fourth.
It was as close as Babson would get however as senior Katy McClellan (Palmyra, Pa.) scored off a put back and Bondi drained consecutive three-pointers from the left corner to extend the margin back to 23 with under four minutes remaining.
The Beavers, who shot just 33.3 percent, were outscored 26-10 in the paint. The Pioneers shot 52.5 percent for the game and shot a blistering 72 percent (18-of-25) from beyond the arc.
Babson returns to action on Monday when it hosts Brandeis at 5 p.m., while Smith takes on Clark on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
• The Beavers are 39-12 all-time against Smith but have dropped two straight meetings between the programs.
• Prior to Saturday, Babson had won 11 consecutive home games against the Pioneers dating back to 2009.
• The Beavers made a season-high 12 three-pointers and got a season-best 33 points from its bench in Saturday's loss.