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Tournament Preview: Women's Hoops Set to Face Cal Lutheran, Plattsburgh in Miami Exclusive Invitational

Tournament Preview: Women's Hoops Set to Face Cal Lutheran, Plattsburgh in Miami Exclusive Invitational

Women's Basketball at the Miami Exclusive Invitational
vs. Cal Lutheran | Tuesday, December 18 | 11 a.m.
vs. Plattsburgh | Wednesday, December 19 | 11 a.m.
Fernandez Family Center | Miami Gardens, Fla.

• The Babson women's basketball team returns to action following a 10-day layoff when it takes on Cal Luthern and Plattsburgh in the Miami Exclusive Invitational at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Fla, beginning on Tuesday.

vs. Cal Lutheran: first meeting
• vs. Plattsburgh: first meeting

• Cal Lutheran (5-3) extended its winning streak to four with a 76-71 OT victory over Knox last Thursday.
• Sophomores Jade Jordan and Jozie Tangerman both scored 13 points for the Regals, who recorded a season-high 18 steals and went 8-of-10 at the free throw line in OT.
• Junior Natalie Ruhl (9.3 pts, 2.4 ast) leads a balanced attack in scoring and rebounding, first-year Cameron Mallory (8.6 pts, 4.3 reb) is second on the team in rebounds, and Tangerman is contributing 8.3 points in a team-high 25.6 minutes.
• Cal Lutheran is forcing 18.0 turnovers per contest and has allowed just 60 points per game during its current winning streak.

• Plattsburgh (3-6) has dropped five straight games and is coming off an 82-62 loss to then No. 20/20 Geneseo back on December 8.
• Senior Bella DePasquale finished with 18 points and four assists and first-year Ly'rell Walker added 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting for the Cardinals, who trailed by just after three quarters.
• Junior Taylor Durnin (11.9 pts, 3.9 reb, 3.0 ast) reached double figures in six of the team's first seven games, DePasquale (11.8 pts, 5.9 reb) has made a team-high 31 three-pointers, and first-year Kelly Degnan is contributing 9.3 points and 4.1 boards.
• Plattsburgh has allowed its opponents to shoot 42 percent or better from the field in six of the last seven contests.

• Babson (5-2) extended its winning streak to three with a 65-54 victory over Coast Guard back on December 8.
• Senior Payton Ouimette finished with 17 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists, and sophomore Nicole Hiller added 12 points for the Beavers, who pulled away with a 21-6 run to start the third quarter.
• Ouimette (13.7 pts, 11.7 reb, 3.6 ast) has posted four double-doubles, junior Katherine Tamulionis is averaging 10.9 points and 2.6 rebounds, and Hiller (8.6 pts, 2.6 reb) is shooting 54.5 percent from the floor.
• The Green and White boasts a +9.6 rebounding margin and is limiting its foes to just 59.1 points per game.

• Although the Beavers will play in Miami for the first time, Tuesday and Wednesday's game mark the third visit to Florida in the last six years for the program.
• The Green and White dropped a pair of games in the Daytona Beach Shootout in 2013 before returning to the same event and picking up a pair of wins in 2015.

• Entering the week, Babson has outscored its opponents at the charity stripe in every game this season, and has made more free throws (81) than its foes have attempted (71).

• Hiller, who missed the first two games of the season and played just two minutes in a November 28 win over MIT, has averaged 10.8 points while shooting better than 50 percent in each of Babson's last four games.
• She is 6-of-14 from beyond the arc and is contributing 3.0 rebounds during this stretch.

• Although Babson has never faced Plattsburgh, it is 4-0 all-time against SUNYAC opponents. which includes NCAA Tournament victories over Geneseo in 2011 and New Paltz in 2013.
• The only other SCIAC foe the Green and White has faced is Whittier, traveling to southern California for games against the Poets in 1992 and 2000.

• The Beavers are 4-1 this season and 57-8 going back to the end of the 2015 campaign when scoring at least 60 points.