Ouimette Surpasses 1,000 Career Points as Beavers Use 16-0 Third-Quarter Spurt to Take Down Bears
NEW LONDON, CONN.—Junior Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) scored a career-high 21 points and senior Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her career as visiting Babson College defeated the Coast Guard Academy, 75-62, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon inside Roland Hall.
Babson, which has won 11 straight games, improves to 13-2 overall and 7-1 in league play, while Coast Guard slips to 4-11 overall and 3-4 in the NEWMAC.
Tamulionis added six rebounds and four assists, while Ouimette finished with 16 points and nine boards to lead the Beavers. Junior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) contributed 13 points, eight rebounds and a game-high five steals, and senior Téa Spellacy (Belchertown, Mass.) scored 13 points in addition to hauling down seven caroms.
Junior Zoe Riis-Fallica (Patchogue, N.Y.) scored a career-high 21 points and senior Micaela Martinelli (Vero Beach, Fla.) put up 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting to lead the Bears.
Trailing 35-34 at halftime, the Green and White used a 16-0 run over the first six minutes of the third quarter to seize control of the game. Spellacy scored eight points, which included connecting on a pair of three-pointers, and Ouimette reached the 1,000-point milestone with a hoop in the paint to cap the spurt and give the Beavers a 50-35 lead with 4:06 to go in the frame.
Tamulionis gave Babson a 58-40 advantage, its biggest of the afternoon, with back-to-back jumpers late in the third. Riis-Fallica pulled Coast Guard within nine on a three-pointer with 4:32 to go in the fourth, but Bonifacic, Ouimette and Tamulionis scored on each of the next three possessions to push the margin back to 70-57 with 1:49 remaining.
Tamulionis scored 11 points to help the Green and White emerge with a 22-20 lead after a first quarter that featured three ties and six lead changes. Spellacy made it 33-29 with a three-pointer at the 2:13 mark of the second quarter, but Riis-Fallica and Martinelli answered with triples to give the Bears a one-point advantage after 20 minutes.
The Beavers shot 43.8 percent for the game, outscored Coast Guard 32-22 in the paint and finished with a 42-28 edge on the glass. The Bears shot 47.1 percent but committed 23 turnovers in the loss.
Babson is back in action next Saturday at 10 a.m. when it travels to Springfield, while Coast Guard hosts Clark on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
• The Beavers improve to 35-10 all-time against Coast Guard and have won six in a row in the series since 2015.
• Ouimette, who now has 1,007 career points, scored the first 416 at Connecticut College prior to transferring to Babson before last season.
• The Beavers have won 22 of their last 23 NEWMAC road games going back to January 2016.
• Spellacy has gone 15-of-29 (51.7 percent) from beyond the arc over the last seven games, and is now tied for ninth in program history with 57 career three-pointers.