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Women’s Basketball Overwhelms Wheaton, 97-30

Women’s Basketball Overwhelms Wheaton, 97-30

NORTON, Mass.—Senior Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) and junior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) both scored 14 points as visiting Babson College rolled to a 97-30 victory over Wheaton College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Wednesday night inside Emerson Gymnasium.

Babson, which has won two straight games, improves to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in league play, while Wheaton dips to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the NEWMAC.

First-year Alexis Doherty (Melrose, Mass.) scored a career-high 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while sophomore Nicole Hiller (Rocky Hill, Conn.) added 10 points for the Beavers. Junior Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) and sophomore Katie Jones (Ridgewood, N.J.) both chipped in with nine points, and senior Téa Spellacy (Belchertown, Mass.) finished with six of Babson's season-high 18 steals.

Sophomore Mikayla Pucci (Hopkinton, Mass.) finished with six points and four rebounds for the Lyons, who shot just 21.6 percent and committed 29 turnovers for the second consecutive game.

The Green and White got points from six different players, including 13 from Ouimette and Bonifacic, to build a 21-5 lead a little more than six minutes into the contest. Senior Bianca Tomassini (North Branford, Conn.) and Jones hit back-to-back three-pointers, Hiller scored inside and junior Jacqueline Jozefick (Milford, Conn.) contributed five straight points to extend the margin to 38-12 just over three minutes into the second quarter.

After going nearly three minutes without a field goal, the Beavers responded by scoring on six of their final eight possessions of the stanza to push the lead to 49-15 at the break. Tamulionis, Ouimette and senior Elizabeth Lane (Skaneateles, N.Y.) contributed hoops on three consecutive trips to open the third quarter, and Ouimette converted a three-point play to make it 58-17 with 5:08 to go in the frame.

Bonifacic and Hiller combined for the final nine points of the quarter to stretch the lead to 69-24 after three, while Doherty and Jones combined for 17 points as Babson shot 57.9 percent (11-of-19) over the final 10 minutes.

The Beavers shot 51.4 percent for the game, finished with a 49-28 edge on the glass and outscored Wheaton 31-2 off of turnovers.

Both teams return to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. as Babson hosts Coast Guard, while the Lyons travel to Mount Holyoke.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers are now 46-16 all-time against Wheaton and have seven in a row in the series dating back to 2015.
• The Green and White has won each of its last 10 games on the road at Wheaton with eight of the victories coming by double digits.
• Babson has now won 18 of its last 19 NEWMAC road games going back to 2016.
• The Beavers committed just 10 turnovers in Wednesday's win, which is their fewest since finishing with nine in a 103-22 victory over Mount Holyoke on January 6, 2018.

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