BABSON PARK, Mass.—Seniors Giovanna Pickering (Hull, Mass.) and Taylor Russell (Braintree, Mass.) both scored 16 points to lead five players in double figures as Babson College defeated visiting Clark University, 86-50, 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 is now 18-4 overall and 12-1 in conference play, while Clark slips to 12-9 overall and 5-8 in the NEWMAC with its third consecutive loss.
Sophomore Tea Spellacy (Belchertown, Mass.) scored a career-high 15 points to go along with four boards and four assists, while first-year Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) contributed 13 points and five boards for the Beavers. Sophomore Elizabeth Lane (Skaneateles, N.Y.) added 12 points, six boards and three assists, Russell led all players with eight rebounds and Pickering dished out four assists in the win.
Sophomore Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.) finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, while junior Sam O'Gara (Worcester, Mass.) chipped in with 11 points for the Cougars.
The Green and White jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead and got six points apiece from Lane and Spellacy on its way to building a 23-13 lead after one quarter. Lane and junior Hannah Metcalf (Middlebury, Conn.) hit back-to-back three-pointers to make it 29-15 less than two minutes into second, and Metcalf buried two more triples following an 11-0 Clark run to give the Beavers a 35-28 advantage at the 6:18 mark.
Senior Jennifer Narlee (Medfield, Mass.) sandwiched a layup in between a pair of hoops by Russell, and Pickering knocked down two free throws to give Babson a 45-32 edge at the break. Two straight buckets by Bonifacic pushed the margin to 17 early in the third quarter, and the Green and White broke the game open with a 21-1 run that spanned parts of both the third and fourth quarters.
Bonifacic and Spellacy each went 2-of-2 at the free throw line late in the third, Pickering drilled a corner three-pointer to open the fourth and Bonifacic converted her own steal into a layup to make it 68-46 with 8:28 to go in the game. Russell followed a jumper by Spellacy with a three-pointer, and Spellacy knocked down two free throws to extend the margin to 77-46 with 5:34 left.
The Green and White shot 41.5 percent overall and 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) from beyond the arc, which included a 7-of-8 effort in the first half. The Beavers also scored 30 points off of 28 Clark turnovers and finished with a 46-33 edge on the glass.
The Cougars shot just 29.3 percent and were just 4-of-23 (17.4 percent) from downtown.
Both teams return to action on Wednesday as Babson visits Emerson at 7:30 p.m., while Clark travels to MIT at 7 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 25-22 all-time against Clark and have won 14 of the last 15 meetings between the teams.
• Babson head coach Judy Blinstrub picked up her 599th win on Saturday and is now just one shy of becoming the 14th Division III coach all-time to reach 600 victories.
• The Beavers matched a season high with 10 three-point field goals and have now made at least one triple in 38 straight games.
• Babson also matched its season high with 22 made free throws and improves to 15-3 on the year when outscoring its foes at the chartity stripe.