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Game Preview: Women's Basketball vs. Brandeis

Game Preview: Women's Basketball vs. Brandeis

Women's Basketball vs. Brandeis
Monday, December 3 | 5 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Brandeis will meet for the 48th time on Monday night in a series that dates back to the 1975-76 season. The Beavers are 24-23 all-time against the Judges but had their six-game winning streak in the series snapped last season.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Hannah Nicholson scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Brandeis defeated Babson,69-56, on December 4th, 2017, at Red Auerbach Arena.
• Senior Payton Ouimette finished with 15 points and eight rebounds, while classmate Téa Spellacy added 11 points and three steals for the Beavers. Sophomore Katie Goncalo scored 12 points for the Judges.

LAST BABSON WIN
• Giovanna Pickering '17 scored 11 of her game-high 23 points in the first quarter to help the Beavers defeat visiting Brandeis, 75-68, on December 5th, 2016, at Staake Gymnasium.
• Pickering was 10-of-15 from the floor and led all players with three assists for the Beavers. Junior Vanessa Onwe added a career-high 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting, while Jennifer Narlee '17 contributed nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds to go along with three steals and two blocks.

SCOUTING THE JUDGES
• Brandeis (3-3) is looking for their third straight win after beating Johnson & Wales 77-60 on Saturday.
• Senior Sarah Jaromin posted career highs of 25 points and 12 rebounds, while sophomore Camila Casanueva finished with 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the Judges, who built a 17-point halftime lead.
• Casanueva (17.2 pts, 4.2 ast) is shooting 45.1 percent from floor, Jaromin (15.3 pts, 7.7 reb) leads the team in rebounds, and first-year Shannon Smally (8.8 pts, 4.2 reb) is shooting a team-best 57.9 percent.
• Brandeis owns a +12.8 rebounding margin but has committed at least 19 turnovers in every game this season.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (2-2) is looking for redemption after falling to Smith, 86-62, at Staake Gymnasium on Saturday.
• Sophomore Nicole Hiller scored 13 points to go along with six rebounds, while senior Bianca Tomassini added 11 points five boards to lead the Beavers, who shot just 33.3 percent.
• Ouimette (14.0 pts, 12.5 reb) is fourth in points and leading in rebounds in the NEWMAC, junior Katherine Tamulionis (11.0 pts, 1.5 ast) is shooting 43.6 percent from the field, and classmate Emily Bonifacic is averaging 8.0 point and 4.3 boards.
• The Green and White has allowed just 9.5 offensive rebounds per game over its first three contests.

BENCH PRODUCTION
• Despite its struggles on Saturday against Smith, one bright spot for the Green and White was the emergence of its bench. Hiller and Tomassini combined to go 5-of-10 from three-point range, while sophomore Katie Jones contributed seven points, two assists and two steals in 20 minutes of action.

THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
• The Beavers' 12 three-pointers in Saturday's loss were not only a season high, they were also one more than the team had made in its first three games combined.
• Saturday's three-point outburst was also just the sixth time in the last 86 games that the Green and White have made 10 or more triples.

SHORT MEMORY
• In 14 opportunities dating back to the start of the 2016-17 campaign, Babson has gone 13-1 following a loss.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are pulling down 14.8 offensive rebounds and averaging 14.3 second-chance points through four games.

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