WORCESTER, Mass.—Junior Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) led a balanced attack with a game-high 10 points as visiting Babson College defeated WPI, 67-44, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Harrington Auditorium.
With its third straight win, Babson (21-4, 14-2 NEWMAC) captured the outright regular season league title and will be the top seed in next week's conference tournament. WPI sees its season come to a close at 10-14 overall and 5-11 in the NEWMAC.
Junior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) scored nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while seniors Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) and Tea Spellacy (Belchertown, Mass.) and sophomore Katie Jones (Ridgewood, N.J.) all finished with eight points apiece for the Beavers. Ouimette led tied for game-high honors with four assists and Bonifacic recorded three steals in the win.
Senior Alyssa Paul (Shaghticoke, N.Y.) scored nine points, while junior Spencer Vinson (Los Anglees, Calif.) and first-year Victoria Mirecki (Rock Tavern, N.Y.) chipped in with eight points apiece to lead the Engineers.
The Green and built a seven-point lead just over six minutes into the contest, and got back-to-back jumpers from junior Jacqueline Jozefick (Milford, Conn.), a hoop from senior Bianca Tomassini (North Branford, Conn.) and a layup from Bonifacic to extend its advantage to 20-11 just over 90 seconds into the second quarter. Ouimette pushed the margin to double digits for the first time at the 6:44 mark, and the Beavers went 7-of-8 at the free throw line in the frame to carry a 36-20 lead into the break.
Six different players contributed a field goal in the third quarter as Bonifacic and Tomassini scored on back-to-back possessions to make it 47-26 with 2:18 to go in the period. Sophomore Nicole Hiller (Rocky Hill, Conn.) hit a three-pointer late in the frame and Bonifacic converted consecutive layups pushing the margin to 54-30 with 7:42 remaining in the fourth.
WPI got as close as 19 on a layup by Mirecki, but Jozefick followed up two free throws apiece by Ouimette and Tamulionis with a baseline jumper, and Jones drilled a three-pointer from the wing to give Babson its biggest advantage of the game at 63-38 with just over three minutes left.
Although they shot just 37.7 percent, the Beavers outscored the Engineers 14-1 at the free throw line and 26-16 in the paint to go along with a 44-28 rebounding edge.
Babson returns to action on Thursday at 7 p.m. when it hosts either MIT or Emerson in a NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal.
• The Beavers are now 36-25 all-time against WPI.
• Babson has now won 25 of its last 27 NEWMAC road games going back to January of 2016.
• The Green and White has won 33 straight games when giving up less than 50 points and is 16-0 this year when holding the opposition below 60 points.
• Babson's 21 wins in the regular season are the program's most since 2013 when it entered the postseason at 23-2.