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Game Preview: Women's Basketball at MIT

Game Preview: Women's Basketball at MIT

Women's Basketball at MIT
Saturday, January 18 | 2 p.m.
Rockwell Cage | Cambridge, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 54-12 all-time against MIT in a series that dates back to the 1976-77 campaign.
• The Beavers have won four straight regular season contests between the programs, all of which have been decided by five points or less, but are coming off a loss to the Engineers in last year's conference playoffs.
• Babson has won each of its last 10 visits to Rockwell Cage dating back to 2009.

LAST MEETING
• Taylor V'Dovec led four players in double figures with 14 points and MIT made 12 three-pointers on the way to defeating the Beavers, 73-46, in a NEWMAC Tournament semifinal on February 21, 2019, in Babson Park.
• Kristen Ngan scored 12 points and Kara Holinski added 11 points and six assists for the Engineers, who outscored the Green and White 22-8 in the second quarter to build an 18-point advantage at the half.
• Payton Ouimette '19 recorded a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds to lead

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
• MIT (6-7, 0-0 NEWMAC) extended its winning streak to five by defeating Fisher, 60-47, on Tuesday.
• Sophomore Annika Sougstad paced four players in double figures with 14 points and junior Kylie Gallagher added 12 on 4-of-6 shooting for the Engineers, who shot 51.3 percent from the floor.
• Sophomore Christina Antonakakis (14.9 pts, 3.7 ast) ranks second in the NEWMAC in assists, Gallagher (12.8 pts, 8.8 reb) is shooting 55.3 percent and junior Jocelyn Luizzi is averaging 12.7 points and 7.7 boards.
• During its current five-game winning streak, MIT has held its opponents to 35.7 percent shooting.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (7-6, 0-0 NEWMAC) had its three-game winning streak snapped in a 61-52 loss to Trinity on Tuesday.
• Senior Emily Bonifacic scored 14 points and classmate Jacqueline Jozefick contributed 11 of her 13 points in the fourth quarter as the Beavers cut a 15-point deficit to as little as six late in the game.
• Bonifacic (15.8 pts, 9.8 reb) is shooting 52.3 percent from the floor, first-year Megan Bauman (12.3 pts, 3.5 ast) ranks fourth in the league in assists, and senior Katherine Tamulionis is averaging 10.2 points and 3.0 assists.
• The Green and White, which boasts a +6.9 rebounding margin, is holding foes to just 33.9 percent shooting.

TITLE DEFENSE GETS UNDERWAY
• The Beavers, who have captured at least a share of four consecutive NEWMAC regular season crowns, finished second behind Springfield when the league released its preseason coaches' poll back in November.
• Babson is 56-8 during this stretch, which included a 14-2 mark last winter.
• After a decade of playing either a 16-, 18-, or 20-game conference slate, the NEWMAC has gone to a 10-game schedule for conference play this season.

CONFERENCE HONORS FOR BONIFACIC
• Following back-to-back double-doubles in wins over Clark and Springfield, Bonifacic was tabbed as the NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.
• She averaged 18.5 rebounds with 28 of her 37 total boards coming on the defensive end in addition to contributing 3.0 steals and 1.5 blocks.

GETTING AFTER IT ON THE GLASS
• Jozefick, who is second on the team averaging a career-high 8.2 rebounds, has pulled down at least eight boards in six consecutive games going back to December 31.
• Junior Shaye Galletta pulled down a season-high 11 rebounds in Tuesday's loss to Trinity

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers have won 27 of their last 29 NEWMAC road games going back to January 2016.

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