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Women's Basketball Pulls Away from Rochester for First Win, 58-48

Women's Basketball Pulls Away from Rochester for First Win, 58-48

ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Juniors Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) and Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) both scored 13 points to help visiting Babson College defeat the University of Rochester, 58-48, in the Chuck Resler Tournament inside the Louis Alexander Palestra on Sunday afternoon.

With the win, Babson improves to 1-1 while Rochester, which reached the NCAA Tournament Elite 8 last year, drops to 0-3 on the year.

Senior Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.), who joined Tamulionis on the all-tournament team, added 12 points to go along with game highs of 20 rebounds and four assists. Classmate Elizabeth Lane (Skaneateles, N.Y.) scored seven points, fellow senior Bianca Tomassini (North Branford, Conn.) chipped in with six points, and Bonifacic hauled down eight boards in the victory.

Senior Lena Ethington (Los Angeles, Calif.) scored 12 points on 6-of-11 shooting and added five rebound and three assists to lead the Yellow Jackets.

The Green and White forced five turnovers and got four points apiece from Tamulionis and Tomassini on the way to opening an 11-4 lead late in the first quarter. Rochester answered with an 11-3 burst to take a 15-14 edge on a three-pointer by junior Kenna Lauer (Newark, N.Y.) just over two minutes into the second, but Babson closed the half with a 13-5 run capped by a triple from Lane to carry a 29-24 advantage into the break.

The Yellow Jackets matched their biggest advantage of the game at 38-35 on a jumper by Ethington with 2:51 to go in the third, but the Beavers rattled off 10 straight points to go in front 45-38 after back-to-back layups by Ouimette and Bonifacic 49 seconds into the fourth quarter. Ethington got Rochester as close as two three minutes later, but Ouimette scored six of Babson's next eight points to extend the margin to 55-45 with 2:32 remaining.

The Green and White, which held the Yellow Jackets to 32.1 percent shooting and forced nine second-half turnovers, finished with a 47-37 edge on the glass. The Beavers shot 53.7 percent (7-of-13) in the fourth quarter and outscored Rochester 34-16 in the paint for the game.

Babson returns to action on November 28 when it travels to MIT for a 7 p.m. tipoff, while the Yellow Jackets host William Smith on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

• Sunday's matchup was the first in program history for the Beavers against Rochester.
• Babson has won 28 consecutive games when holding its foes below 50 points.
• Ouimette now has 19 double-doubles in 29 games at Babson and her 20 rebounds on Sunday were one shy of her career high.