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Game Preview: Women's Basketball at Clark

Game Preview: Women's Basketball at Clark

Women's Basketball at Clark
Saturday, February 8 | 1 p.m.
Kneller Athletic Center | Worcester, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 29-22 all-time against Clark in a series that dates back to the 1976-77 camapaign.
• The Beavers have won 18 of their last 19 games against the Cougars, which includes nine consecutive victories dating back to 2015.
• During its current nine-game winning streak in the series, Babson has won eight games by at least 26 points.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Emily Bonifacic led four players in double figures with 14 points and pulled down a career-high 20 rebounds as the Beavers defeated Clark, 77-38, on January 8 in Babson Park.
• Junior Katie Jones added 11 points and first-years Megan Bauman and Samantha Smith both scored 10 for the Beavers, who put the game away with a 27-4 third-quarter run.
• Sophomore Hallie Johnson scored 12 points to lead the Cougars, who shot just 16.9 percent from the floor.

SCOUTING THE COUGARS
• Clark (4-16, 0-5 NEWMAC) has dropped its last eight games after suffering an 86-64 loss to Emerson on Wednesday.
• Junior Hannah Favaloro led four players in double figures with 13 points and sophomore Emily Sifferlen and first-year Sarah Zambrano added 12 points apiece for the Cougars, who were outscored 53-19 in the middle quarters.
• Favaloro (13.7 pts, 9.6 reb) is shooting 40.4 percent from the floor, Sifferlen is averaging 13.5 points and 3.8 rebounds, and dopomore Ginny Benbow (10.4 pt, 1.9 ast) has scored in double figures in each of the team's last two game.
• Clark is shooting just 34.1 percent and committing more than 24 turnovers per game.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (12-7, 5-0 NEWMAC) extended its winning streak to a season-high four games with an 80-61 victory over Wellesley on Wednesday.
• Bauman scored a season-high 25 points and junior Nicole Hiller matched her career high with 16 points for the Beavers, who shot 48.4 percent on the night.
• Bonifacic (14.2 pts, 8.7 reb) is shooting 51.2 percent from the floor, Bauman (13.4 pts, 4.2 reb, 3.4 ast) leads all NEWMAC rookies in scoring and assists, and senior Katherine Tamulionis is chipping in with 9.8 points and 2.7 assists.
• The Green and White is holding its foes to 34.6 percent shooting and is giving up just 56.8 points per game in conference play.

CONFERENCE, REGIONAL HONORS FOR BAUMAN
• Bauman averaged 18.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in wins over Emerson and Smith on the way to be selected as the NEWMAC Player of the Week on Monday and the NEWBA Rookie of the Week on Tuesday.
• She leads all NEWMAC first-year players in points and assists and has taken over first place in Division III shooting 93.5 percent at the free throw line.

CLEANING THE GLASS
• The Green and White pulled down a season-high 24 offensive boards and outrebounded Clark 68-35 in the first meeting between the teams back on January 8.
• Babson ranks second in NEWMAC play with +8.2 rebounding margin and has four players – senior Jacqueline Jozefick (6.6), first-year Jade Perry (6.3), Bonifacic (5.8) and Bauman (5.4) – pulling down more than five boards per outing against league foes.

HEATING UP
• Hiller, who has put together back-to-back 16-point performances, is averaging 14.3 points on 65.4 percent (17-of-26) shooting over the last three games.
• She is 6-of-13 (46.2 percent) from beyond the arc during this stretch in addition to grabbing 6.7 rebounds.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers are 11-1 this season and have gone 29-3 since the start of last year when scoring at least 60 points.

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