BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Jacqueline Jozefick (Milford, Conn.) and first-year Megan Bauman (East Lyme, Conn.) scored six points apiece in overtime to help Babson defeat visiting Smith College, 79-71, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon inside Staake Gymnasium.
With its third straight win, Babson improves to 11-7 overall and 4-0 in league play, while Smith slips to 17-3 overall and 3-2 with the loss.
Jozefick knocked down six three-pointers and scored a career-high 22 points of 8-of-12 shooting, while Bauman added 20 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals to lead the Beavers. Junior Nicole Hiller (Rocky Hill, Conn.) matched her career high with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting and senior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) chipped in with 10 points, six boards, four assists and two steals in the win.
Sophomore Katelyn Pickunka (Westhampton, Mass.) scored 16 points to go along with eight rebounds, while first-year Morgan Morrison (Detroit, Mich.) added 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting for the Pioneers. Fellow rookie Amelia Clairmont (Laconia, N.H.) scored 13 points and sophomore Dashelle Gleissner (Los Angeles, Calif.) led all players with eight assists.
The Green and White knocked down five first-quarter three pointers and led by as many as eight on two occasions before settling for a 23-18 advantage after one. Despite making just two second quarter field goals, the Beavers went 4-of-6 at the free throw line and forced seven turnovers in the stanza sending the teams into halftime deadlocked at 31-31.
The Pioneers took a quick four-point lead to open the third quarter, but Jozefick canned consecutive triples and Hiller scored inside to cap an 8-0 run that put Babson back in front 39-35 with 6:03 to go in the frame. Smith drew back within three on back-to-back layups by Morrison, but the Green and White responded with a 9-2 run that included five more points from Jozefick to match its largest lead of the game at 55-47 with 6:37 to play in the fourth.
Pickunka and Clairmont combined for all the points during a 9-0 spurt that put Smith back in front 56-55, and Gleissner followed up a triple with two free throws to keep the visitors up one with 2:12 remaining. Hiller gave Babson a 62-61 lead on the ensuing possession, but Bohn answered right back with a three-pointer from the top of the key as the Pioneers regained a 64-62 lead with 1:40 to go. Bauman tied the game on the Beavers' next trip and the teams traded free throws on each of the next two possessions to forge a 66-66 tie with 41 seconds left.
Bauman blocked first-year Jessie Ruffner's (Rocklin, Calif.) layup with 34 seconds to go, but Jozefick's late three-pointer wouldn't go down forcing overtime. The extra session was dominated by the Beavers, who took a 69-68 lead on Jozefick's triple and got a layup before the shot-clock buzzer by Bauman to make it a three-point game with 3:29 to play. The Green and White went 8-of-10 at the free throw line over the final 1:53 to put the game away.
Both teams return to action on Wednesday at 7 p.m. as Babson hosts Wellesley, while Smith takes on Springfield.
• The Beavers are now 40-12 all-time against Smith and have lost just once at home to the Pioneers going back to 2009.
• Babson is 10-0 this season and has won its last 30 games when ahead entering the fourth quarter.
• The Beavers shot 44 percent from beyond the arc and made a season-high 11 three-pointers in Saturday's win.
• Babson is 1-1 this season in overtime games.