DARTMOUTH, Mass.—Senior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) poured in a career-high 38 points to lead Babson College to a 76-66 win over Union College in the opening game of the Lafrance Hospitality Tournament hosted by UMass Dartmouth on Saturday night inside the Tripp Athletic Center.
With the win, Babson opens the season at 1-0, while Union slips to 1-1 on the year.
Bonifacic went 18-of-21 from the floor, scored 25 second half points and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for the Beavers. Senior Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) contributed 14 points and four assists, and junior Katie Jones (Ridgewood, N.J.) added six points, seven boards, two assists and two steals in the win.
Sophomore Anna Metcalf (Rumford, R.I.), senior Joana Santos (Lisbon, Portugal) and first-year Megan Lee (Neenah, Wis.) all finished with 11 points to lead the Dutchwomen.
The Green and White led by as many as six on three occasions in the opening quarter, but trailed 39-35 at halftime after being held to just two points over the final 5:26 of the second quarter. The Dutchwomen took its biggest lead of the game at 48-43 on a three-pointer by Santos with 6:31 left in the third before the Beavers countered with a 12-1 run over the final 2:14 of the period to seize control of the game.
Senior Jacqueline Jozefick (Milford, Conn.) scored inside and then set up a bucket by Bonifacic with a steal to make it 54-54. Junior Shaye Galletta (Riverside, Conn.) connected on one of two free throws, Jones buried a triple from the left wing and Bonifacic finished a pair of layups in the final 43 seconds of the frame to give Babson a 62-55 lead going to the fourth.
Hoops by Bonifacic and Tamulionis early in the final quarter extended the Beavers' margin to 66-57, and Bonifacic scored on consecutive possessions to give the Green and White its first double-digit lead of the night at 73-62 with 5:31 to go. Union would get no closer than nine down the stretch as it missed five of six field goal attempts and a pair of free throws over the final five minutes.
The Beavers shot 54.7 percent from the floor, finished with a 41-25 edge on the glass and scored 18 second-chance points on 13 offensive rebounds.
The Dutchwomen shot 46.7 percent for the game but was just 5-of-17 (29.4 percent) in the fourth quarter.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson takes on Western New England in the 2 p.m. championship game, while Union faces UMass Dartmouth in the consolation game at 12 p.m.
• The Beavers are 2-0 all-time against Union and Saturday's contest was the first between the programs since 1992.
• Babson has opened the season with a victory in five of the last six seasons.
• The Beavers have won 11 of their last 13 games away from home going back to the start of last year.