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Fast Start Propels Women's Basketball Past Plattsburgh for Fifth Straight Win, 71-55

Fast Start Propels Women's Basketball Past Plattsburgh for Fifth Straight Win, 71-55

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.—Senior Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) and junior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) both posted double-doubles for the second game in a row as Babson College defeated Plattsburgh State University, 71-55, in its final game of the Miami Exclusive Invitational inside the Fernandez Family Center on Wednesday.

With its fifth consecutive victory, Babson improves to 7-2 overall, while Plattsburgh dropped its sixth straight game to fall to 3-7 on the year.

Ouimette finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Bonifacic contributed 13 points and 12 boards to lead the Beavers. Senior Bianca Tomassini (North Branford, Conn.) scored 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting and junior Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) chipped in with eight points, five rebounds and a game-high four assists in the win.

First-year Ly'rell Walker (Yonkers, N.Y.) led all players with 19 points and classmate Kayla Doody (Troy, N.Y.) added 12 points and seven rebounds to lead the Cardinals, who shot just 9-of-22 (40.9 percent) at the free throw line.

Ouimette and Tamulionis combined for 11 of the first 13 points, junior Jacqueline Jozefick (Milford, Conn.) buried a three-pointer from the top of the key and Tamulionis converted a layup to help the Green and White build an 18-4 lead with 2:12 to go in the opening quarter. Plattsburgh cut its deficit to eight thanks to back-to-back triples by senior Bella DePasquale (Ardsley, N.Y.) and first-year Hanna Whitney (Keene, N.Y.), but Tomassini came off the bench to score eight of the next 11 points as the Beavers extended their advantage to 29-13 less than three minutes into the second period.

Despite its offensive struggles late in the first half, Babson limited the Cardinals to just 29.6 percent shooting in the opening 20 minutes and led 33-19 at the break. Senior Téa Spellacy opened the third quarter with a three-pointer, Ouimette scored inside and knocked down two free throws, and Bonifacic contributed three straight buckets to push the margin to 46-27 just over four minutes into the second half.

Plattsburgh got as close as 15 on a triple by DePasquale with 2:01 to go in the third, but Tomassini answered with a three-pointer and Bonafacic and Ouimette followed with back-to-back hoops to give the Beavers their biggest lead of the game at 57-35 with 30 seconds to go in the stanza.

Although it shot just 37.3 percent, the Green and White enjoyed a 55-41 edge on the glass, which includes a season-high 28 offensive boards, and scored 21 points off of 18 Cardinal turnovers.

Babson returns to action on Sunday, December 30 when it hosts Salve Regina at 1 p.m. in the opening game of the Judy Pearson '85 Memorial Tournament, while Plattsburgh takes on Wesleyan on Thursday at 11 a.m.

• Wednesday's matchup was the first in program history against Plattsburgh.
• The Beavers improved to 5-0 all-time against teams from the SUNYAC conference.
• Babson's five-game winning streak is its first since the end of the 2016-17 campaign.
• Ouimette has recorded three straight double-doubles and is tied for the NEWMAC lead with six in nine outings this season.