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Tournament Preview: Women's Hoops Set to Face Cal Lutheran, Plattsburgh in Miami Exclusive Invitational

Tournament Preview: Women's Hoops Set to Face Cal Lutheran, Plattsburgh in Miami Exclusive Invitational

Women's Basketball at the Miami Exclusive Invitational
vs. Cal Lutheran | Tuesday, December 18 | 11 a.m.
vs. Plattsburgh | Wednesday, December 19 | 11 a.m.
Fernandez Family Center | Miami Gardens, Fla.

HOLIDAY HOOPS
• The Babson women's basketball team returns to action following a 10-day layoff when it takes on Cal Luthern and Plattsburgh in the Miami Exclusive Invitational at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Fla, beginning on Tuesday.

SERIES HISTORY
vs. Cal Lutheran: first meeting
• vs. Plattsburgh: first meeting

SCOUTING THE REGALS
• Cal Lutheran (5-3) extended its winning streak to four with a 76-71 OT victory over Knox last Thursday.
• Sophomores Jade Jordan and Jozie Tangerman both scored 13 points for the Regals, who recorded a season-high 18 steals and went 8-of-10 at the free throw line in OT.
• Junior Natalie Ruhl (9.3 pts, 2.4 ast) leads a balanced attack in scoring and rebounding, first-year Cameron Mallory (8.6 pts, 4.3 reb) is second on the team in rebounds, and Tangerman is contributing 8.3 points in a team-high 25.6 minutes.
• Cal Lutheran is forcing 18.0 turnovers per contest and has allowed just 60 points per game during its current winning streak.

SCOUTING THE CARDINALS
• Plattsburgh (3-6) has dropped five straight games and is coming off an 82-62 loss to then No. 20/20 Geneseo back on December 8.
• Senior Bella DePasquale finished with 18 points and four assists and first-year Ly'rell Walker added 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting for the Cardinals, who trailed by just after three quarters.
• Junior Taylor Durnin (11.9 pts, 3.9 reb, 3.0 ast) reached double figures in six of the team's first seven games, DePasquale (11.8 pts, 5.9 reb) has made a team-high 31 three-pointers, and first-year Kelly Degnan is contributing 9.3 points and 4.1 boards.
• Plattsburgh has allowed its opponents to shoot 42 percent or better from the field in six of the last seven contests.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (5-2) extended its winning streak to three with a 65-54 victory over Coast Guard back on December 8.
• Senior Payton Ouimette finished with 17 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists, and sophomore Nicole Hiller added 12 points for the Beavers, who pulled away with a 21-6 run to start the third quarter.
• Ouimette (13.7 pts, 11.7 reb, 3.6 ast) has posted four double-doubles, junior Katherine Tamulionis is averaging 10.9 points and 2.6 rebounds, and Hiller (8.6 pts, 2.6 reb) is shooting 54.5 percent from the floor.
• The Green and White boasts a +9.6 rebounding margin and is limiting its foes to just 59.1 points per game.

HEADED BACK TO THE SUNSHINE STATE
• Although the Beavers will play in Miami for the first time, Tuesday and Wednesday's game mark the third visit to Florida in the last six years for the program.
• The Green and White dropped a pair of games in the Daytona Beach Shootout in 2013 before returning to the same event and picking up a pair of wins in 2015.

MAKING A LIVING AT THE LINE
• Entering the week, Babson has outscored its opponents at the charity stripe in every game this season, and has made more free throws (81) than its foes have attempted (71).

PROVIDING A SPARK
• Hiller, who missed the first two games of the season and played just two minutes in a November 28 win over MIT, has averaged 10.8 points while shooting better than 50 percent in each of Babson's last four games.
• She is 6-of-14 from beyond the arc and is contributing 3.0 rebounds during this stretch.

FRIENDS OF FOES
• Although Babson has never faced Plattsburgh, it is 4-0 all-time against SUNYAC opponents. which includes NCAA Tournament victories over Geneseo in 2011 and New Paltz in 2013.
• The only other SCIAC foe the Green and White has faced is Whittier, traveling to southern California for games against the Poets in 1992 and 2000.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 4-1 this season and 57-8 going back to the end of the 2015 campaign when scoring at least 60 points.

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