Beavers Use 29-4 Run in Middle Quarters to Race Past Bombers
AMHERST, Mass.—First-year Megan Bauman (East Lyme, Conn.) scored a season-high 18 points and Babson College held 22nd-ranked Ithaca College without a field goal for a stretch of 14 minutes in the middle quarters as the Beavers defeated the Bombers, 66-51, in non-conference women's basketball action on Sunday afternoon inside LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the win, Babson improves to 2-1 on the year, while Ithaca slips to 1-3 with its second consecutive loss.
Senior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) scored 15 points to go along with a game-high eight rebounds, while classmate Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) and junior Katie Jones (Ridgewood, N.J.) added 12 points apiece for the Beavers. Senior Jacqueline Jozefick (Milford, Conn.) grabbed seven boards and Bauman led all players with six assists in the win.
Senior Cassidy O'Malley (Summit, N.J.) scored nine of her team-high 15 points in the fourth quarter for the Bombers. Junior Grace Cannon (Bloomfield, N.J.) finished with 12 points, six steals and five rebounds in the loss.
Down as many as eight in the second quarter, the Green and White outscored Ithaca 10-2 over the final 6:27 of the stanza to pull even at 23-23 on a layup by Jones just before halftime. Bonifacic scored the first five points of the third quarter, Bauman followed up two free throws with a layup, and Tamulionis finished another hoop in the paint to give the Beavers are 34-24 lead with 5:45 to go in the period.
Bauman and Jones combined to score the next eight points before junior Megan Yawman (Fairport, N.Y.) connected on a three-pointer with 46 seconds left in the third for the Bombers' first field goal since the 4:49 mark of the second quarter. Tamulionis converted a driving layup on the other end and Bonifacic scored on the first two possessions of the fourth to extend Babson's lead to 48-28 with 9:11 remaining.
A hoop by Jones gave the Beavers their biggest lead of the game at 56-34 with 4:07 to play, and first-year Jade Perry (Lewiston, Maine) converted a feed from Bauman to push the margin back to 21 with 1:24 left in the game.
Babson shot 40.7 percent from the floor, held a 48-34 edge on the glass, and outscored the Bombers 44-24 in the paint. The Beavers also scored 27 points off of 22 Ithaca turnovers.
Babson returns to action on Monday when it travels to No. 1/1 Amherst at 5 p.m., while the Bombers are off until December 6 when they open Liberty League play at Bard.
• Sunday's matchup was the first all-time between Babson and Ithaca.
• The Beavers outscored Ithaca 21-5 in the third quarter on Sunday and have now outscored their first three opponents 69-36 in the third.
• Babson went 16-of-20 at the free throw line in Sunday's victory after scoring just seven points from the charity stripe in its first two games combined.
• Each of the Beavers' five starters and eight players in all finished with at least one steal on Sunday.