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Game Preview: Women's Basketball at Wheaton

Game Preview: Women's Basketball at Wheaton

Women's Basketball at Wheaton
Wednesday, February 12 | 8 p.m.
Emerson Gymnasium | Norton, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 47-16 all-time against Wheaton in a series that dates back to the 1977-78 season.
• The Beavers have won eight in a row against the Lyons, which includes sweeping last year's regular season series.
• Babson has won its last 10 road games in the series going back to 2009. 

LAST MEETING
• Payton Ouimette '19 recorded a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds to help the Beavers defeat Wheaton, 82-53, on January 10, 2019, in Babson Park.
• Senior Emily Bonifacic added 15 points and junior Christina Bonfiglio came off the bench to contribute 10 points and six rebounds for the Beavers, who jumped out to a 56-23 halftime lead.
• Junior Mikayla Pucci and senior Sara McLeman finished with nine points apiece for the Lyons.

SCOUTING THE LYONS
• Wheaton (7-12, 1-5 NEWMAC) has dropped its last five games and is coming off a 46-44 loss to Emerson on Saturday.
• Pucci scored 11 points and first-year Bri Forbes added nine points and 10 rebounds for the Lyons, who tied the game on sophomore Sadie Shore's three-pointer with 1:17 left before watching Emerson's Rachel Davey make two free throws with 0:03 ticks left.
• Pucci (12.1 pts, 6.5 reb) is shooting 41.6 percent from the floor, Forbes (9.6 pts, 3.7 reb) is averaging a team-high 11.8 points in conference play, and Shore is contributing 8.3 points and 4.7 boards.
• Wheaton has limited its first six NEWMAC opponents to just 58.5 points per game.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (14-7, 6-0 NEWMAC) extended its winning streak to six with a 70-52 victory over Connecticut College on Monday night.
• Bonifacic scored 15 points, junior Nicole Hiller added 14 and senior Katherine Tamulionis chipped in with 13 points and three steals for the Beavers, who seized control of the game with an early 19-4 run.
• Bonifacic (15.2 pts, 8.8 reb) ranks second in the league in scoring and fourth in rebounding, first-year Megan Bauman (12.6 pts, 4.2 reb, 3.5 ast) leads all NEWMAC rookies in scoring and assists, and Tamulionis is averaging 9.7 points and 2.7 assists.
• The Green and White owns a +8.8 rebounding margin through its first six NEWMAC games while holding its foes to just 35.8 percent shooting.

TOURNAMENT PUSH
• Babson enters the final two weeks of conference play tied atop the league standings with Springfield at 6-0.
• The Beavers can secure a NEWMAC Tournament berth with a win at Wheaton on Wednesday night and need just two victories over their final four contests to secure one of the top two seeds in the seven-team field.

BALANCED BEAVERS
• Entering Wednesday's contest, Babson is the only team in the NEWMAC with six players averaging better than 8.0 points per game in league play.
• Bauman (14.7) and Bonifacic (14.6) rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in scoring in conference action, Hiller is 15th at 10.7 points per game, while senior Jacqueline Jozefick (8.5), first-year Jade Perry (8.3) and Tamulionis (8.0) have combined to reach double figures seven times against conference foes.

MOVING UP THE CHARTS
• Bonifaic moved into 19th place on Babson's all-time list in both made field goals (356) and total rebounds (591) during Monday's win over Connecticut College.
• Jozefick is now 13th in program history with 66 blocked shots, and Tamulionis recorded the 200th assist of her career on Monday and needs just two more to jump into the program's top-20.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers have won 30 of their last 32 road games against NEWMAC opponents.

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