WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.—Senior Ellen Cook (Eugene, Ore.) led four players in double figures with 15 points and junior Jane Thompson (New Milford, Conn.) came off the bench to score 12 points, as 17th-ranked Williams College defeated visiting Babson College, 61-49, in non-conference women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Chandler Gymnasium.
With the win, Williams is now 5-0 overall, while Babson suffers its first loss and falls to 3-1 on the year.
Sophomore Giovanna Pickering (Hull, Mass.) led all scorers and matched her career high with 24 points while tying for game-high honors with 10 rebounds. She went 9-of-14 from the floor and 6-for-9 at the free throw line in addition to collecting four steals. Junior Kristen Ferola (Amherst, Mass.) chipped in with six points and 10 rebounds, while classmate Linnett Graber (Roseland, N.J.) added seven points for the Beavers.
Junior Oge Uwananka (Bronx, N.Y.) came off the bench to score 11 points and grab nine rebounds for the Ephs. Additionally, sophomore Devon Caveney (Andover, Mass.) contributed 10 points, six boards and three assists in the victory.
The Green and White stayed close early, pulling within 19-16 on a layup by Pickering with 7:59 left in the first half before Williams closed the stanza on an 11-4 run. The Beavers missed nine of their final 10 field goal attempts and Thompson scored five points, including a late three-pointer, to give the hosts a 30-20 lead going into the break.
Sophomore Taylor Russell (Braintree, Mass.) and Graber produced back-to-back buckets out of the locker room to cut the deficit to six. Ephs' first-year Amanni Fernandez (Queens, N.Y.) made her only field goal of the night, but junior Marissa Cicchetti (Mansfield, Mass.) finished a layup and Graber followed with consecutive hoops as Babson got within two at 32-30 with 16:13 remaining in the contest. Cook pushed the Williams lead back to four, only to have Pickering counter with three straight points to make it 34-33 with 14:50 left to play.
The Ephs answered though, as Cook knocked down three-pointers on back-to-back possessions to make it a seven-point game, igniting an 18-4 run that would put the game out of reach. The Beavers went without a field goal following a layup by Ferola at the 13:09 mark for six and half minutes and fell behind 52-37 on a three-pointer by Caveney with 6:58 left to play.
Babson used an 8-0 spurt to get back within 52-45 on a Graber free throw with 2:21 left but would get no closer, as Cook and Uwanaka combined for nine late points to secure the win.
The Green and White, which shot just 32.8 percent from the field (19-for-58), outscored Williams 28-18 in the paint.
The Ephs shot 35.6 percent (21-for-59) on the afternoon, held a slim 43-42 edge on the glass, and scored 20 points off 19 Beavers' turnovers.
Babson returns to action on December 3 at 7 p.m. when it opens NEWMAC play at MIT, while Williams will host Springfield College on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
GAME NOTES: Babson is now 3-12 all-time against Williams…the Beavers were held without a three-point field goal for the first time in 32 games going back to March 2, 2013…the double-double by Pickering was the first of her career…Babson is now 7-7 in its last 14 road games going back to the start of the 2013-14 season.