WALTHAM, Mass. - Sophomore Hannah Nicholson (Sunderland, Vt.) scored a game-high 18 points and earned nine rebounds as Brandeis University defeated Babson College,69-56, in non-conference women's basketball action on Monday night at Red Auerbach Arena.
With the loss, Babson falls to 4-2 on the year, while Brandeis improves to 5-2 overall.
Junior Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) finished with 15 points and eight rebounds, while classmate Tea Spellacy (Belchertown, Mass.) added 11 points and three steals for the Beavers. Sophomore Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) scored eight points and logged seven rebounds on the night.
First-year Katie Goncalo (Fall River, Mass.) scored 12 points, while senior Eva Hart (Manasquan, N.J.) added nine points for the Judges.
Brandeis opened the first quarter with a 10-2 run, but the Green and White cut its deficit to four when a jump shot from senior Brenna LeGacy (Attleboro, Mass.) brought the score to 14-10 with 4:07 remaining in the frame. The Judges shot 50 percent over the first 10 minutes, and extended a seven-point lead to 35-24 on a pair of free throws by Goncalo with 2:22 left until halftime. The Beavers went 8-of-8 at the free throw line in the second quarter, but trailed 38-28 going to the locker as the teams combined for just five field goals in the period.
Babson faced its largest deficit of the game with 3:36 left in the third quarter after a pair free throws by junior Sarah Jaromin (E. Greenbush, N.Y) and a layup by first-year Camila Casanueva ( Santa Barbara, Calif.) pushed the Judges ahead, 48-35. Trailing 56-47 with 8:41 left in the fourth quarter, the Beavers went on a 9-2 run, led by four points from Spellacy, to come as close as 58-56 with 5:48 remaining.
Unfortunately, the Green and White was unable to get any closer as it missed three-pointers on its next two possessions and got outscored 11-0 by Brandeis over the final 4:40 of the contest. Hart converted a driving layup to make it a four-point game with under five minutes to go and the Judges went 7-of-8 from the free throw line down the stretch to closeout the win.
The Beavers, who shot a season-low 28.6 percent, were outrebounded 42-35, but scored 17 points off of turnovers. The Judges shot just 39.2 percent, but outscored the Green and White 26-18 at the free throw line and 26-24 in the paint.
The teams combined for 48 fouls and 54 free throw attemps on the night.
Babson returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Wellesley for a 7 p.m., while Brandeis hosts Gordon on Saturday at 1 p.m.
• The Beavers, who had won six straight games in the series, are now 24-23 all-time against Brandeis.
• The Green and White is 15-3 over its last 18 road games going back to January 20, 2016.
• Babson is 1-7 over the last two years when trailing entering the fourth quarter.