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Game Preview: Women's Basketball at WPI

Game Preview: Women's Basketball at WPI

Women's Basketball at WPI
Saturday, February 16 | 3 p.m.
Harrington Auditorium | Worcester, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and WPI will meet for the 61st time in a series that dates back to 1976-77. The Beavers are 35-25 all-time against the Engineers.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Payton Ouimette poured in a career-high 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Babson defeated visiting WPI, 67-56, earlier this season on February 2 in Babson Park.
• Junior Emily Bonifacic scored 12 of her 15 points in the second half for the Beavers, who outscored the visitors 36-22 in the second half. First-year Bailey Savage scored a game-high 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting to lead the Engineers.

LAST WPI WIN
• Stasha Greenalch '18 score the go-ahead hoop with 46 seconds left in overtime as second-seeded WPI defeated third-seeded Babson, 64-56, in a NEWMAC Tournament semifinals on February 24, 2018, in Northampton, Mass.
• Ouimette finished with 14 points and 14, while junior Jacqueline Jozefick came off the bench to score 11 points and pull down eight boards for the Beavers. Ama Biney had 14 points, 10 rebounds and three steals for the Engineers.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
• WPI (10-13, 5-10 NEWMAC) fell short in a 61-55 loss at Emerson on Wednesday night.
• First-year Victoria Mirecki led the Engineers with 13 points and a game-high of 11 rebounds, while sophomore Caitlin Boermeester and first-year Alex Scariati combined for 21 points in the loss.
• Junior Spencer Vinson (10.1 pts, 7.7 reb) leads the team in points and rebounds, Savage (7.5 pts, 3.1 reb) is averaging 11.4 points on 45.7 percent shooting over her last four games, and Paul (7.4 pts, 2.3 reb) has made 23 three-pointers over the last 11 contests.
• WPI, which needs a win to clinch a spot in the NEWMAC Tournment, has held opponents to a league-low 53.0 points per game.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (20-4, 13-2 NEWMAC) is looking to extend its winning streak to three after picking up a 62-40 victory at Wellesley on Wednesday night.
• Bonifacic scored 10 of her game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter and Ouimette recorded her 15th double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds as the Beavers outscored the Blue 36-14 in the second half.
• Ouimette (15.0 pts, 11.5 reb, 2.4 ast) ranks 25th in Division III in rebounding, Bonifacic (11.3 pts, 6.8 reb) is third in the NEWMAC shooting 53.3 percent, and junior Katherine Tamulionis is recording 10.7 points and 2.8 rebounds.
• The Beavers ranks 21st in Division III with a +10.3 rebounding margin and lead the conference in scoring average at 72.3 points per game.

CARRYING ON THE TRADITION OF SUCCESS
• The Beavers clinched a share of their fourth consecutive NEWMAC regular season title on Wednesday night, and have a chance to earn the top seed in the league tournament for the third time in four years with a win at WPI.
• Babson also collected its 20th victory of the year at Wellesley and has now won 20 or more games in nine of the last 11 years.

DOMINATING THE PAINT
• In three career games against WPI, Ouimette has recorded three double-doubles while averaging 19.0 points and 13.0 rebounds. She has shot 52.4 percent from the floor in these contests and has gone 13-of-17 (76.5 percent) at the free throw line, which includes a 10-of-11 effort two weeks ago.

NUMBERS TO KNOW
• The Beavers have assisted on 71.1 percent of their made field goals over the last two games.
• The Green and White has outscored its opponents at the free throw line in every game this season and have gone 10-1 when shooting 70 percent or better from the charity stripe.
• Babson is 15-0 on the year when holding its foes below 60 points.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers have won 24 of their last 26 NEWMAC road games dating back to January 2016.

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