WORCESTER, Mass.—Senior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) scored 28 of her game-high 33 points in the second half as visiting Babson College defeated Clark University, 78-64, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon inside the Kneller Athletic Center.
With its fifth straight win, Babson improves to 13-7 overall and 6-0 in league play, while Clark slips to 4-17 overall and 0-6 in the NEWMAC.
Bonifacic grabbed 11 rebounds to record her fifth double-double of the year, while junior Nicole Hiller (Rocky Hill, Conn.) scored 16 points for the third game in a row to lead the Beavers. First-year Jade Perry (Auburn, Maine) scored a season-high 14 points and senior Jacqueline Jozefick (Milford, Conn.) led all players with 12 boards in the win.
Junior Hannah Favaloro (Blackstone, Mass.) and sophomore Hallie Johnson ( Princeton, Mass.) both logged a double-doubles with 21 points and 12 rebounds and 13 points and 11 boards, respectively, sophomore Emily Sifferlen (North Andover, Mass.) scored 11 points and was 5-for-6 from the free-throw line, and classmate Ginny Benbow (Durham, Conn.) came off the bench to recorded 12 points.
Falling behind 6-0 to start the game, Hiller was 2-3 from behind the arc and Bonifacic grabbed five boards to help the Green and White end the first quarter tied, 16-16 with the Cougars. Babson shot 23.5 percent with Perry coming off the bench to record five of the 12 points, while Jozefick was able to log four rebounds and block two shots as the Beavers trailed just 30-28 heading into the locker room.
Down 33-30 in the third quarter, the Beavers went a 14-2 run sparked by a jumper from Hiller to lead 44-35 with 4:10 remaining. Babson was able to extend its lead to 11 off a layup from first-year Samantha Smith (Greenfield, Mass.), but Clark closed the gap to six with the Green and white leading 52-46 at the end of the quarter. Bonifacic, who was 1-for-8 in the first half, and Hiller chipped in with 8 points apiece in the third quarter.
Clark was unable to close the six-point gap, and the Beavers built up the lead to as large as 18 as Bonifacic registered 20 points in the final 10 minutes of play on 9-for-10 shooting, three boards, and two made free-throws. Jozefick added five more rebounds, and the Green and White shot 63.2 percent in the final quarter.
The Beavers shot 41.6 percent on the night and held a 54-42 advantage on the glass.
Babson will host Connecticut College on Monday at 7 p.m., while Clark heads to Mount Holyoke on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game
• Babson is 23-22 all-time against Clark in a series that dates back to the 1976-77 campaign.
• The Beavers have won 19 of their last 20 games against the Cougars, which includes ten consecutive victories dating back to 2015.
• Babson is 10-0 on the year when shooting 40 percent or better of the floor.
• The Beavers are 12-1 this season and have gone 30-3 since the start of last year when scoring at least 60 points