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Game Preview: Women's Basketball vs. Mount Holyoke

Game Preview: Women's Basketball vs. Mount Holyoke

Women's Basketball vs. Mount Holyoke
Saturday, February 15 | 12 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 40-7 all-time against Mount Holyoke in a series that dates back to the 1981-82 campaign.
• The Beavers have won their last 20 games against the Lyons dating back to the 2008-09 season.
• Just four of the last 20 contests between Babson and the Lyons have been decided by less than 20 points.

LAST MEETING
• Payton Ouimette '19 and Bianca Tomassini '19 both scored 12 points, junior Shaye Galletta finished with 11 points and eight rebounds, and classmate Nicole Hiller added 10 points as the Beavers defeated Mount Holyoke, 99-28, on January 26, 2019, in Babson Park.
• The Beavers outscored the Lyons 66-10 in the paint and scored 50 points off of 45 Mount Holyoke turnovers.
• Senior Katlyn Grover led the Lyons with 11 points.

SCOUTING THE LYONS
• Mount Holyoke (1-21, 0-7 NEMWAC) has dropped its last 19 games after suffering a 90-37 loss to Clark on Wednesday.
• Junior Annika Brooks finished with 18 points and nine boards for the Lyons, who finished just 3-of-24 (12.5 percent) from beyond the arc.
• Brooks (13.5 pts, 11.8 reb) leads the conference with 13 double-doubles, first-year Ellie Hayward (9.0 pts, 5.1 reb) has scored in double figures seven times, and classmate Kyra Sanborn-Burch is averaging 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds.
• Mount Holyoke has suffered 78 straight losses in NEWMAC play going back to January 2015.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (15-7, 7-0 NEWMAC) has won seven consecutive games after defeating Wheaton, 78-60, on Wednesday night.
• Senior Emily Bonifacic scored 17 points and first-year Megan Bauman added 13 to lead four players in double figures as the Beavers outscored the Lyons 47-18 in the middle quarters.
• Bonifacic (15.3 pts, 8.6 reb) leads the NEWMAC in scoring, Bauman ranks in the top 10 in the league in scoring and assists, and senior Katherine Tamulionis (9.7 pts, 2.6 ast) is shooting 40 percent from the floor.
• The Green and White ranks first in rebounding margin (+9.4) and second in scoring margin (+16.1) through its first seven conference outings.

LYON HUNTERS
• Junior Katie Jones is averaging 12.3 points on 52.2 percent shooting, Tamulionis has chipped in with 10.0 points on 12-of-15 shooting (80 percent), and Galletta is averaging 9.3 points and 8.7 rebounds in three games against Mount Holyoke going back to the 2017-18 campaign.

SENIOR SATURDAY
• Seniors Bonifacic, Jozefick, Tamulionis and Vanessa Onwe will be honored prior to Saturday's contest against the Lyons.
• The group helped the program win 78 games since arriving on campus in addition to capturing three straight NEWMAC regular season titles and winning the 2017 conference tournament final, which was followed by a run to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.

FREE THROWS FOR A CAUSE
• Babson is one of 41 Division III programs taking part in the Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge during the month of February.
• Fans are encouraged to get involved by visiting Babson's team page and pledging for each free throw made during the upcoming month. All proceeds benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
• The Green and White has 59 free throws over its first five February games.

TOURNAMENT IMPLICATIONS
• Babson, which debuted at No. 12, is one of three NEWMAC programs along with Springfield (6th) and Smith (7th) to appear in Wednesday's first NCAA regional rankings.
• The Beavers and Pride have both locked up conference tournament spots and both unbeaten atop the league standings. The winner of Wednesday's contest will likely be the top seed in the NEWMAC Tournament, which begins on February 26.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers have allowed an average of 27.8 points to Mount Holyoke in five games since 2017.

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