WORCESTER, Mass.—Senior Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) scored 20 points and pulled down a career-high 22 rebounds to help visiting Babson College hold off Clark University, 75-67, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Kneller Center.
With its eighth straight win, Babson improves to 10-2 overall and 4-1 in league play, while Clark slips to 4-9 overall and 0-4 in the NEWMAC.
Senior Téa Spellacy (Belchertown, Mass.) scored 16 points and junior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) added 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting for the Beavers. Senior Elizabeth Lane (Skaneateles, N.Y.) contributed a season-high nine points to go along with two assists and two steals, while Ouimette led all players with five dimes in the win.
Senior Sam O'Gara (Worcester, Mass.) led all players with 29 points on 12-of-19 shooting to go along with four assists and four rebounds for the Cougars. Classmate Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.) added 16 points and three blocked shots in the loss.
The opening quarter featured six ties and five lead changes with Clark going up 22-19 thanks to back-to-back jumpers by sophomore Hannah Favaloro (Blackstone, Mass.) and O'Gara. The Green and White pulled even on a hoop by Bonafacic nearly three minutes into the second before the Cougars responded with an 11-3 burst that featured points from four different players to build its biggest advantage of the day at 33-25 on a bucket by O'Gara.
Lane stopped the run with a three-pointer and Ouimette scored four points over the final 2:25 of the stanza to help the Beavers close the half with a 12-4 spurt that sent the teams into the locker room deadlocked at 37-37. Babson took the lead for good on a layup by Ouimette just over two minutes into the third quarter, and then outscored Clark 13-7 over the final 6:30 of the frame to extend the margin to 58-51.
Lane made 1-of-2 free throws with 8:13 left in the fourth and Spellacy followed with consecutive three-pointers to give the Green and White its biggest lead of the contest at 65-51 with 6:48 to go. The Cougars countered with a 7-0 run to pull back within seven on a layup by O'Gara at the 5:18 mark, but Spellacy and Ouimette combined to go 6-of-6 at the free throw line over the final 4:16 to put the game away.
The Beavers, who shot 45 percent for the game, finished with a 46-34 edge on the glass and scored 21 second-chance points thanks to 17 offensive boards.
Both teams return to action on Tuesday as Babson hosts Emerson at 6 p.m., while Clark travels to Wellesley for a 7 p.m. tip off.
• The Beavers are now 28-22 all-time against Clark and have won eight in a row and 17 of their last 18 games against the Cougars.
• Babson is now 10-0 this season when outrebounding the opposition.
• The Green and White, which scored 21 points on Saturday, has put up at least 20 points in the third quarter in eight consecutive games.
• The Beavers have won 22 of their last 23 NEWMAC road games going back to 2016.