BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) scored 17 points and junior Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) added 16 as Babson College defeated visiting Springfield College, 70-57, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Staake Gymnasium.
Babson, which is ranked fifth in the first NCAA regional rankings, improves to 19-4 overall and 12-2 in league play, while Springfield slips to 14-9 overall and 10-4 in the NEWMAC with its third straight loss.
Ouimette was 7-of-11 from the floor and grabbed 11 rebounds to post her 14th double-double of the season. Junior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) scored 11 points and had three blocks, while senior Elizabeth Lane (Skaneateles, N.Y.) contributed a season-high 10 points and three assists for the Beavers. Tamulionis and senior Tea Spellacy (Belchertown, Mass.) also chipped in with three assists apiece in the win.
Senior Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) finished with 18 points and 11 boards to lead the Pride. Junior Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) added 15 points, eight rebounds and three assists, while classmate Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) scored 11 points and doled out three assists.
The opening quarter featured four ties and nine lead changes, the last coming on a buzzer-beating three-pointer by junior Jacqueline Jozefick (Milford, Conn.) to give the Green and White a 20-18 edge going to the second. Springfield pulled even at 28-28 on back-to-back hoops by Jacques and Restiutyo before the Beavers closed out the stanza with a 10-2 run.
Lane scored five straight points, Bonifacic drained a pair of free throws, and Tamulionis buried a triple from the left corner 41 seconds before halftime to give Babson a 38-30 lead at the break. Ouimette scored seven of the Beavers' first nine points of the third quarter and Bonifacic went 1-of-2 at the charity stripe to extend the margin to 48-37 at the 6:01 mark.
The Pride twice got as close as nine late in the third, but another three from Jozefick, a baseline jumper by sophomore Nicole Hiller (Rocky Hill, Conn.) and five points from Tamulionis gave the Green and White a 61-44 edge, its biggest of the game, with 8:01 to go in the contest.
The Beavers hot 44.2 percent for the game and turned 17 Springfield turnovers into 17 points. The Pride shot 39.6 percent but was just 3-of-12 from beyond the arc.
Both teams return to action on Wednesday at 7 p.m. as Babson travels to Wellesley, while Springfield visits Coast Guard.
• The Beavers are 29-12 all-time against the Pride and have won three straight in the series.
• Babson is 14-0 this season when holding its opponents below 60 points.
• The Green and White, which finished with a 32-31 edge on the glass, has outrebounded the opposition in all 19 of its wins this season.
• Prior to the game, Lane, Ouimette, Spellacy and senior Bianca Tomassini (North Branford, Conn.) were honored. The group has helped the program to 83 wins and a share of three straight NEWMAC regular season titles.