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Game Preview: Women's Basketball at Clark

Game Preview: Women's Basketball at Clark

Women's Basketball at Clark
Saturday, January 5 | 1 p.m.
Worcester, Mass. | Kneller Athletic Center

THE SERIES
• Babson and Clark will meet for the 50th time on Saturday in a series that dates back to the 1976-77 season. The Beavers are 27-22 all-time against the Cougars and have won 16 of the last 17 games between the teams, which includes seven consecutive victories by at least 26 points.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Katherine Tamulionis scored a then-career-high 17 points as Babson defeated Clark , 82-56, on January 13, 2018, at Staake Gymnasium.
• Senior Payton Ouimette posted a double-double with 16 points and 12 boards in addition to her five assists, while classmate Elizabeth Lane finished with 11 points and three steals for the Beavers.

LAST CLARK WIN
• Emily Reilly led all players with 20 points and 14 rebounds as the Cougars held off Babson, 74-72, on February 22, 2014, in Worcester.
• Giovanna Pickering '17 scored 19 points and dished out seven assists, while Erin Young '15 came off the bench to score 14 points for the Beavers.
• Ashleigh Condon added 16 points for Clark, who shot 86.2 percent (25-of-29) at the free throw line.

SCOUTING THE COUGARS
• Clark (4-8, 0-3 NEWMAC) has dropped five of its last six games after falling to Framingham State, 70-66, on Sunday at the Kneller Center
• First-year Emily Sifferlen came off the bench to lead the Cougars with 19 points, senior Ogechi Ezemma added 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, and sophomore Hannah Favaloro recorded 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Cougars, who led by three with 1:28 to go.
• Senior Sam O'Gara (12.2 pts, 3.8 ast) is second in the conference in assists, Favaloro (12.0 pts, 10.8 reb) has posted seven double-doubles and Ezemma (11.2 pts, 10.9 reb) is third in the NEWMAC in rebounds.
• Clark is shooting just 32.4 percent from the floor, but is forcing 22.8 turnovers.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (9-2, 3-1 NEWMAC) is looking to extend its win streak to eight games after a 85-77 win over UMass Dartmouth in the championship game of the Judy Pearson '85 Memorial Tournament on Monday.
• Senior Payton Ouimette recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while junior Emily Bonifacic added 19 points and nine rebounds for the Beavers, who used a 26-6 run to erase a 12-point third quarter deficit in the win.
• Ouimette (14.5 pts, 11.7 reb) ranks second in the NEWMAC and 29th in Division III in rebounding, Tamulionis is averaging 10.8 points and 2.5 rebounds, and Bonifacic (10.5 pts, 6.6 reb) is shooting 50.6 percent.
• The Green and White ranks 21st in Division III in rebounding margin (+11.4) and is forcing 17.5 turnovers per game.

COMING THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH
• Tamulionis and fellow senior Téa Spellacy each contributed 10 points as the Beavers outscored UMass Dartmouth 29-16 in the fourth quarter of Monday's victory.
• The duo combined to go 7-of-8 at the free throw line during the final stanza, and both finished with a season-high 18 points in the game.

PAST SUCCESS AGAINST THE COUGARS
• Spellacy has averaged 11.7 points, 4.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 50 percent in her last three games against Clark.
• Ouimette posted a pair of double-doubles and averaged 15.0 points and 12.0 boards, while Tamulionis chipped in with 13.0 points on 57.9 percent shooting to go along with 4.0 assists in two wins over the Cougars last winter.

OUIMETTE EARNS WEEKLY HONORS
• Ouimette posted a pair of double-doubles and averaged 14.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals in wins over Cal Lutheran, Plattsburgh and Salve Regina on her way to being selected as the NEWMAC Player of the Week on Wednesday.
• She shot 54.5 percent from the floor and also was named to the NEWBA weekly honor roll.

INSIDE THE NUBMERS
• The Beavers are 8-0 this season when scoring at least 65 points, and have not been held below 65 by Clark since 2007.

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