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Second-Half Surge Helps Women's Basketball Pull Away from Coast Guard, 65-54

Second-Half Surge Helps Women's Basketball Pull Away from Coast Guard, 65-54

BABSON PARK, Mass.--Senior Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) finished with 17 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists as Babson College defeated the visiting Coast Guard Academy, 65-54, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Staake Gymnasium.

With its third straight win, Babson improves to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in league play, while Coast Guard slips to 3-6 overall and 2-1 in the NEWMAC.

Sophomore Nicole Hiller (Rocky Hill, Conn.) scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting off the bench and junior Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) added nine points for the Beavers. Senior Téa Spellacy (Belchertown, Mass.) and junior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) each contributed eight points, while senior Elizabeth Lane (Skaneateles, N.Y.) dished out five assists in the victory.

First-year Kyra Hartman (Shillington, Pa.) scored 15 of her game-high 18 points in the second half for the Bears. Classmate Julia Guerrero (Rohnert Park, Calif.) came off the bench to score eight points in the loss.

Following a sloppy first half, Ouimette and Tamulionis combined for 11 points during a 21-6 run that extended Babson's three-point halftime lead to 48-30 with just over three minutes to go in the third quarter. The Green and White made nine of its first 12 shots and scored eight points in transition to seize control of the game.

Coast Guard got as close as 48-34 on a free throw by Guerrero with 8:47 to go in the fourth before the Beavers rattled off 11 straight points to put the game away. Bonifacic scored twice in the span of three possessions, Spellacy knocked down a three-pointer and Tamulionis followed with a hoop in transition to make it 59-34 with 5:32 remaining.

Babson led by as many as six on three occasions over the opening 20 minutes. The Beavers jumped out to an 8-2 advantage and led 18-12 at the 5:51 mark of the second quarter despite making just two field goals over a stretch of nearly 10 minutes. Coast Guard responded by scoring on four of its final six possessions of the second half to cut its deficit to 27-24 going into the locker room.

The Beavers shot 47.2 percent and finished with a 41-30 edge on the glass. The Bears, who never led in the contest, shot 36.7 percent overall and were just 2-of-20 (10.5 percent) from long range.

Babson returns to action on December 18 when it takes on California Lutheran in Miami at 11 a.m., while Coast Guard travels to William Peace on December 30 at 2 p.m.

• The Beavers are now 34-10 all-time against Coast Guard and has won five consecutive games in the series since 2015.
• Babson is 20-2 going back to the start of last year when holding the opposition below 60 points.
• Ouimette is tied for the NEWMAC lead with four double-doubles on the year.
• Over the last two contests, the Beavers have outscored their opponents 42-18 in the third quarter.