Babson Runs to NEWMAC Victory Over Cougars

Babson Runs to NEWMAC Victory Over Cougars

THE BASICS

-Score: Babson College 98, Clark University 60

-Records: Clark (4-2, NEWMAC 0-1), Babson (4-1, NEWMAC 2-0)

-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Kneller Athletic Center)

-The Lead: The Clark University women's basketball team dropped to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opponent Babson College on Saturday afternoon. Junior Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) led the Beavers to victory with a double-double including 14 points and 12 rebounds on the day. Freshman Idalis Miranda (Naugatuck, Conn.) led the Cougars with 12 points to go along with five assists and two steals.

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Quarter

-The Beavers started the game on a 5-0 run to take an early 8-0 lead before the Cougars were able to get on the board with a layup from Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.).

-Babson added eight more points including four points from junior Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) to take a 16-2 lead with 4:29 on the clock and forced Clark to call a timeout.

-After leading by as much as 14 points the Cougars were able to cut their deficit to eight with a buzzer beater layup from freshman Jamad Fiin (Boston, Mass.) (21-13).

Second Quarter

-The Beavers added seven unanswered points at the start of the second quarter and took a 15-point lead following a drive to the basket from sophomore Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.).

-Senior Haley Wilder (Rindge, N.H.) added four points on back to back layups for the Cougars at the 8:05 and 7:35 mark (30-17) but the visitors responded with four points of their own from captain Brenna Legacy (Attleboro, Mass.) and Bonnifacic.

-With 5:40 on the clock freshman Hannah Favaloro (Babson, Mass.) knocked down a layup but a three-pointer just 15 seconds later from Babson's Bianca Tomassini (North Branford, Conn.) gave the Beavers an 18-point advantage.

-The Beavers took a 26 point lead heading into the halftime break as Nicole Hiller (Rocky Hill, Conn.) drained back-to-back three-pointers to give the visitors the 49-23 advantage.

Third Quarter         

-Junior Maya Kerstetter (Northampton, Mass.) found herself open behind the arc and drained a three-pointer at the 5:38 mark (62-32).

-The third quarter was the closest of the game with the Beavers putting up 26 points to the Cougar's 24.

-The visitors went up by as many as 34 points in the third quarter, but Clark cut their lead to 25 on a pair of made free throws from Miranda with 2:01 on the clock.

-Babson took a 28-point lead heading into the final quarter on a last second layup from first-year Christina Bonfiglio (Westwood, Mass.).

Fourth Quarter

-The Beavers outscored the Cougars 23-13 in the fourth quarter.

-Freshman Hailey Reynolds (Ramsey, N.J.) led Babson with nine points and four rebounds in the final quarter.

-Babson took the final 98-60 victory and their second conference victory in a row this season.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-The Beavers outshot Clark 57.6% to 33.9% from field goal range and 54.5% to 35.3% from behind the arc.

-The Cougars outshot Babson at the free-throw line 75% to 61.5%.

-Clark was 12-for-16 at the line.

-Babson led in rebounding with 55 rebounds to Clark's 21. The visitors had 39 defensive rebounds and 16 offensive rebounds on the day.

-Both teams turned the ball over 21 times but Babson was able to convert the Clark turnovers into 26 points.

UP NEXT

-Clark hosts Wheaton College in NEWMAC action on Wednesday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m.

-Babson travels to Brandeis University on Monday for a 6:00 p.m. tip-off.