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Game Preview: Women's Basketball at Coast Guard

Game Preview: Women's Basketball at Coast Guard

Women's Basketball at Coast Guard
Saturday, January 12 | 1 p.m.
Roland Hall | New London, Conn.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Coast Guard will meet for the 45th time on Saturday in a series that dates back to the 1982-83 season. The Beavers are 34-10 all-time against the Bears and have won five straight in the series since 2015.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Payton Ouimette finished with 17 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists to help the Beavers defeat Coast Guard, 65-54, back on December 8 in Babson Park.
• Sophomore Nicole Hiller added 12 points for Babson, which used a 21-6 third quarter run to pull away. First-year Kyra Hartman scored 15 of her 18 points in the second half to lead the Bears.

LAST COAST GUARD WIN
• Gillian Gerton and Torie Sutherland each scored 13 points to pace four players in double figures as the Bears edged Babson, 65-61, on February 7, 2015, in Babson Park.
• Alexi Howland added 12 points for Coast Guard, which took the lead for good on a three-pointer by Sutherland with 1:19 remaining. Giovanna Pickering '17 led all scorers with 20 points for the Beavers.

SCOUTING THE BEARS
• Coast Guard (4-10, 3-3 NEWMAC) snapped a six-game losing streak by blasting Mount Holyoke, 86-21, on Thursday night.
• Hartman scored a career-high 19 points and Brenna Farrington added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears, who scored 40 points off of 33 Lyon turnovers.
• Senior Micaela Martinelli (12.6 pts, 6.6 reb, 2.6 ast) is seventh in the league in scoring, Hartman (10.5 pts, 3.2 reb) has reached double figures in scoring in five her last six outings, and classmate Emma Puddington (7.5 pts, 5.6 reb) is second on the team in rebounding.
• Coast Guard, which is 3-1 at home, ranks next-to-last in the NEWMAC shooting just 24.8 percent from beyond the arc.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (12-2, 6-1 NEWMAC) extended its winning streak to 10 by defeating Wheaton, 82-53, on Thursday night.
• Ouimette finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds and junior Emily Bonifacic added 15 points and nine boards for the Beavers, who built a 56-23 halftime lead.
• Ouimette (15.1 pts, 12.7 reb, 3.1 ast) leads the league with 10 double-doubles, Bonifacic (11.1 pts, 6.4 reb) is shooting 52.7 percent, and junior Katherine Tamulionis (10.1 pts, 2.4 reb) is averaging a team-high 4.1 free throw attempts per game.
• The Green and White ranks 19th in Division III in rebounding margin (+12.0) and is first in the NEWMAC and 42nd nationally in scoring average (73.6 points).

CLOSING IN ON A MILESTONE
• Ouimette, who has reached double figures in scoring in nine straight outings, enters Saturday's game needing nine points to reach 1,000 for her career.
• She has scored 575 in 41 games at Babson over the last two years after totaling 416 points in two seasons at Connecticut College in New London.

SHOOTING UP THE CHARTS
• Senior Téa Spellacy is 13-of-26 from beyond the arc over the last six games and now ranks fifth in the NEWMAC with 20 three-point field goals on the year.
• Her 55 career triples also currently have her in 11th place on the program's all-time list.

BEAVER BITES
• Sophomore Christina Bonfiglio matched her career high with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting in Thursday's victory over Wheaton.
• Senior Bianca Tomassini has multiple pilfers in four of the last five games and is averaging 2.0 steals during this stretch.
• Bonifacic has reached double figures in scoring in seven consecutive games, while Speallcy is putting up 14.6 points on 51.1 percent shooting over her last five outings.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers have won 21 of their last 22 NEWMAC road games going back to January 2016.

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