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Game Preview: Women's Basketball vs. MIT

Game Preview: Women's Basketball vs. MIT

Women's Basketball vs. MIT
Wednesday, January 23 | 7 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and MIT will meet for the 65th time overall and second time this season on Wednesday night. The Beavers are 53-11 all-time in a series that dates back to the 1976-77 season.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Payton Ouimette finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds and visiting Babson College built a 17-point third-quarter lead on its way to defeating MIT, 76-71, on November 28, 2018, inside Rockwell Cage.
• Junior Katherine Tamulionis scored 15 points, senior Téa Spellacy had 12 points, and classmate Elizabeth Lane added eight points and a game-high seven assists for the Beavers. Senior Taylor V'Dovec scored 14 of her team-high 16 points in the second half to lead the Engineers.

LAST MIT WIN
• The Engineers rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit and went 9-of-11 from the free throw line in the second overtime period on their way to defeating the Beavers, 78-74, on January 25, 2017, in Babson Park.
• Giovanna Pickering '17 finished with a then-career-high 31 points to go along with seven rebounds, three assists and two steals for Babson, while V'Dovec scored 29 points on 12-of-19 shooting to lead MIT.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
• MIT (13-4, 7-2 NEWMAC) has won 10 of its last 11 games after beating Clark, 76-59, on Saturday in Worcester.
• V'Dovec tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds on the way to becoming the ninth player in program history to reach 1,000 points. Senior Kristen Ngan as the Engineers led by as many as 29 in the third quarter.
• Senior Kara Holinski (12.1 pts, 4.0 reb) is shooting a conference-best 47.3 percent from three-point range, V'Dovec (10.6 pts, 5.5 reb) has averaged 19.8 points over her last four games against Babson, and first-year Christina Antonakakis is contributing 8.8 points and 2.9 assists.
• MIT, the reigning NEWMAC Tournament champions, ranks second in league play shooting 46 percent and third in scoring offense (70.7 points).

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (14-2, 8-1 NEWMAC) extended its winning streak to 12 games with a 74-64 victory over Springfield on Saturday inside Blake Arena.
• Tamulionis scored a career-high 22 points and junior Emily Bonifacic added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Beavers, who led by as many as 20 in the second quarter.
• Ouimette (14.5 pts, 12.3 reb) leads the NEWMAC in rebounding and is third in scoring, Bonifacic (11.2 pts, 6.5 reb) ranks second in the conference shooting 53.1 percent, and Tamulionis is contributing 11.5 points and 2.8 rebounds.
• The Green and White is ranked 14th in Division III in rebounding margin (+11.9) and is first in the NEWMAC and 36th nationally in scoring offense (73.8 points).

DOWN TO THE WIRE
• Each of the last four games between Babson and MIT have been decided by five points or less.
• The Beavers' three wins have come by a total of 12 points, while the Engineers' victory during this stretch came in overtime after overcoming a 14-point deficit back in 2017.

BACKCOURT MATES SWEEP NEWMAC WEEKLY AWARDS
• Tamulionis, who scored 13 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter, earned the league's offensive player of the week honors, while Spellacy collected defensive player of the week accolades after finishing with a career-high five steals in Saturday's victory at Springfield.

BIG GAMES OFF THE BENCH
• Junior Jacqueline Jozefick scored eight straight points late in the third quarter and posted her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds in 19 minutes on Saturday.
• Senior Bianca Tomassini scored all nine of her points in the first half and dished out a career-high five assists in the win over the Pride.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 13-0 this season and have won 18 straight games going back to last year when scoring at least 65 points.

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