NORTON, Mass.—Senior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) led four players in double figures with 17 points as visiting Babson College recovered from a slow start to defeat Wheaton College, 78-60, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Wednesday night inside Emerson Gymnasium.
Babson, which is 12th in the initial NCAA regional rankings, has won its last seven games to improve to 15-7 overall and 7-0 in conference play, while Wheaton slips to 7-14 overall and 1-6 in the NEWMAC with its sixth consecutive loss.
First-year Megan Bauman (East Lyme, Conn.) contributed 13 points, six rebounds and three assists, while classmate Samantha Smith (Greenfield, Mass.) came of fthe bench to score 11 points for the Beavers. Senior Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) finished with 10 points, three steals and two assists, and classmate Jacqueline Jozefick (Milford, Conn.) chipped in with eight points and two blocks in the win.
Junior Mikayla Pucci (Hopkinton, Mass.) scored 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting, while senior Natalie Wind (New Canaan, Conn.) finished with 11 of her 13 points in the first quarter to pace the Lyons.
Wheaton jumped out to a quick 11-point lead and were up 24-14 after one quarter before going scoreless over the first eight-plus minutes of the second. Junior Katie Jones (Ridgewood, N.J.) and Jozefick knocked down three-pointers, Tamulionis made three free throws, and Bonifacic connected on a jumper to cap a 15-0 run that put the Green and White in front 29-24 with 1:57 to go before halftime.
The Lyons pulled within one before the break, but Bauman, junior Nicole Hiller (Rocky Hill, Conn.) and Jozefick all hit three-pointers as part of an 11-2 run that extended the Beavers' lead to 40-30 with 5:45 to go in the third. Bonifacic followed with five straight points and junior Shaye Galletta (Riverside, Conn.) converted a three-point play stretching the margin to 50-32 at the 3:28 mark.
Smith scored six points late in the third and finished a layup on the opening possession of the fourth quarter helping Babson push its advantage to 63-42. Bauman scored six points around a hoop by Bonifacic, and Smith connected on 1-of-2 free throws with 5:25 left in the contest to give the Green and White its largest lead of the night at 74-48.
The Beavers shot 50 percent for the game and turned 19 Wheaton turnovers into 24 points. They also held a 38-25 edge on the glass. The Lyons shot 43.1 percent on the night but went just 3-of-14 (21.4 percent) from beyond the arc over the final three quarters.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson hosts Mount Holyoke at 12 p.m., while Wheaton visits WPI at 1 p.m.
• The Beavers are 48-16 all-time against Wheaton and have won nine in a row overall and 11 straight against the Lyons on the road.
• Babson has won 31 of its last 33 road games against NEWMAC foes.
• The Beavers' 32 third-quarter points are a season high.
• The Green and White outscored Wheaton 47-18 in the middle quarters.