-Score: Babson College 75, Clark University 67
-Records: Babson (10-2, NEWMAC 4-1), Clark (4-9, NEWMAC 0-4)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Kneller Athletic Center)
-The Lead: The Clark University women's basketball team battled to a setback to the Beavers of Babson College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday afternoon. The high-energy game saw a total of 12 ties and six lead changes as the Beavers were able to pull away with the eight-point victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-The first half saw eight ties and five lead changes as the Cougars and Beavers battled to a 37-37 tie heading into the halftime break. Clark led by as many as eight points in the first 20 minutes, led by senior Sam O'Gara (Worcester, Mass.) who put up 17 points. Sophomore Hannah Favaloro (Blackstone, Mass.) led Clark under the hoop grabbing 10 rebounds before the break. Babson was led by senior Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) who put up 14 points and 12 rebounds in first half.
-Babson led by as many as eight points in the third quarter when junior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) stepped up with six points on 3-for-3 shooting from the field. Junior Katherin Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) added five points for Babson in the third stanza when she went 2-for-2 with a three-pointer. Senior Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.) put up six points in the third for the Cougars. Babson took a 58-51 advantage into the final quarter.
-The Beavers took their largest lead of the game (14) with 6:48 remaining when senior Téa Spellacy (Belchertown, Mass.) stepped behind the arc for three (65-51). Clark pulled back within seven when they came out of a timeout with a three-pointer from senior Maya Kerstetter (Northampton, Mass.) and back-to-back drives to the basket from Favaloro and O'Gara (65-58) with 5:18 on the clock. Babson held on for the 75-67 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-O'Gara led all players with 29 points on the day while Ezemma added 16 points and Favaloro was just a point shy of a double-double with nine points and a team-leading 12 rebounds.
-Ouimette led Babson to victory with a double-double of 20 points and 22 rebounds. Spellacy added 16 points and Bonifacic rounded out double-digit scoring for the Beavers with 14 points.
-Babson shot 45% from the field and Clark shot 39.7%.
-The Beavers outrebounded the Cougars 46-34.
-Babson went 16-for-21 at the free-throw line for 76.2% shooting. Clark went 12-for-18 from the line for 66.7% shooting.
-Clark forced Babson to turn the ball over 19 times and converted them into 15 points of their own.
-Babson forced 12 Clark turnovers scoring 14 points from those.
-Clark hits the road on Tuesday, January 8th to take on The Blue of Wellesley College in NEWMAC action at 7:00 p.m.
-Babson hosts Emerson College on the same day in a conference matchup at 6:00 p.m.