Strong First Half Leads Women’s Basketball Past Wheaton for 10th Straight Win, 82-53

Strong First Half Leads Women’s Basketball Past Wheaton for 10th Straight Win, 82-53

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) recorded her 10th double-double of the season with game highs of 17 points and 13 rebounds and four players scored in double figures as Babson College cruised past visiting Wheaton College, 82-53, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Thursday night inside Staake Gymnasium.

Babson, which has won 10 straight games, is now 12-2 overall and 6-1 in league play, while Wheaton slips to 6-8 overall and 2-5 in the NEWMAC.

Junior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) scored 15 points and grabbed nine boards, senior Téa Spellacy (Belchertown, Mass.) was 4-of-7 from three-point range and finished with 12 points, and sophomore Christina Bonfiglio (Westwood, Mass.) added 10 points and six rebounds for the Beavers. Junior Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) chipped in with eight points and four assists, while Ouimette led all players with three steals.

Junior Sara McLeman (Auburn, N.H.) and sophomore Mikayla Pucci (Hopkinton, Mass.) both finished with nine points to lead the Lyons. Junior Natalie Wind (New Canaan, Conn.) added eight points and first-year Mia Len (Amherst, N.H.) tied for game-high honors with four assists in the loss.

Bonifacic scored seven points and Ouimette, Spellacy and Tamulionis all added six apiece as the Green and White jumped out to a 25-11 lead after one. Bonfiglio knocked down a pair of three-pointers, senior Bianca Tomassini (North Branford, Conn.) connected on a triple, and Bonifacic hit a jumper as the Beavers used an 11-2 run to extend the margin to 36-13 just over two minutes into the second quarter.

Wheaton scored on two of its next three possessions, but Bonifacic answered with a pair of hoops in the paint and junior Jacqueline Jozefick (Milford, Conn.) and Spellacy buried three-pointers around a transition jumper by Bonifiglio to give Babson a 48-18 advantage with 3:42 to go until halftime. Spellacy drained her fourth trifecta of the half and Ouimette scored three late points to make it 56-23 at the break.

Ouimette scored six of hosts first eight points to open the third quarter as Babson grabbed its biggest lead of the night at 66-25 on a layup by junior Vanessa Onwe (Tarrytown, N.Y.) midway through the stanza. The Green and White matched its largest margin thanks to a pair of free throws by sophomore Caroline Owens (Charlotte, N.C.) with 6:20 left in the fourth before the Lyons closed the game with a 14-4 run.

The Beavers, who finished with a 59-35 edge on the glass, shot 44.4 percent in the first half and made eight of their nine three-pointers over the first 20 minutes. The Green and White also scored 21 points off of 24 Wheaton turnovers and held the Lyons to just 33.9 percent shooting for the game.

Both teams return to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. as Babson travels to Coast Guard, while Wheaton visits Clark.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers are now 47-16 all-time against Wheaton and have won eight straight meetings between the programs.
• Ouimette has now recorded seven double-doubles in her last eight games and needs just nine points to reach 1,000 for her career.
• Babson's 56 first-half points are a season high and its most since putting up 62 in the opening half of a 104-60 win over Baruch on November 14, 2015.
• The Beavers have now won 81 straight games when scoring at least 75 points going back to 2008.