Beavers' 15-Game Winning Streak Comes to an End Against Lions
BOSTON—Junior Quinn Madden (Mokena, Ill.) finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Emerson College shot 57.1 percent in the first half on its way to defeating visiting Babson College, 66-52, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Wednesday night inside Brown & Plofker Gymnasium.
Babson, which had its 15-game winning streak snapped, suffered its first loss since December 1 to fall to 17-3 overall and 10-2 in league play. Emerson, which topped the Beavers for the first time in 11 tries, improves to 12-8 overall and 6-5 in the NEWMAC.
Senior Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) posted her 12th double-double of the year with 13 points and 13 rebounds, while junior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) scored 13 points to go along with seven boards and four assists for Babson. Senior Téa Spellacy (Belchertown, Mass.) added 10 points, two assists and two steals in the loss.
Senior Charlie Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) finished with 12 points and six rebounds and sophomore Sam Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) added 10 points, four assists and two steals for the Lions. Sophomore Ashley Toner (Barnegat, N.J.) also knocked down a trio of three-pointers for nine points to go along with three dimes.
Emerson scored on three of its first four possessions and went 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, which included a pair of triples from junior Kate Foultz (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) to build a 22-10 lead late in the first quarter. The Green and White scored on its final two trips of the opening frame and got layups from Spellacy and Bonifacic to begin the second, cutting its deficit to 22-18.
Senior Bianca Tomassini (North Branford, Conn.) hit a three-pointer at the 6:49 mark to again pull the Beavers within four, but the Lions answered with a 13-3 run that included a pair of triples by Toner and another by sophomore Rachel Davey (Saratoga, Calif.) to extend the margin to 40-26 at the break.
Babson opened the third quarter with an 8-0 run to pull within six at the 5:42 mark, and despite hitting just a pair of field goals during the remainder of the frame, got as close as 50-45 on a three-pointer by senior Elizabeth Lane (Skaneateles, N.Y.) 27 seconds into the fourth. The Beavers came up empty on their next four possessions and Emerson made them pay as senior Natalie Busch (Weybridge, England) and Charlie Boyle converted inside to push the lead back to nine with 5:10 to play.
Junior Jacqueline Jozefick (Milford, Conn.) canned a three-pointer to cut the Beavers' deficit to 54-48 with 4:24 left, but Busch hit a jumper on the ensuing possession and Sam Boyle buried her second three-pointer of the night one trip later to make it 59-48 with under three minutes remaining.
The Green and White shot a season-low 31.7 percent from the floor and were just 10-of-23 (43.5 percent) at the free throw line. The Lions shot 42.1 percent and outscored the Beavers 24-16 in the paint.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson hosts WPI at 2 p.m., while Emerson takes on Coast Guard at 1 p.m.
• The Beavers are now are now 10-1 all-time against Emerson.
• Wednesday's setback snapped Babson's nine-game road winning streak and is just the second road loss in the last 25 games.
• Babson was held under 65 points for just the second time in the last 16 games at Emerson, and its 52 points matched its lowest output of the season.