Beavers Extend Winning Streak to 14 with Rout of Lyons
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Five players scored in double figures and all 14 players contributed points as Babson College rolled to a 99-28 victory over visiting Mount Holyoke College, 99-28, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon inside Staake Gymnasium.
Babson, which extended its winning streak to 14, improves to 16-2 overall and 10-1 in league play. Mount Holyoke drops to 1-18 overall and 0-10 in the NEWMAC.
Seniors Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) and Bianca Tomassini (North Branford, Conn.) tied for game-high honors with 12 points to lead the Beavers. Sophomore Shaye Galletta (Riverside, Conn.) contributed 11 points and eight rebounds, while classmates Caroline Owens (Charlotte, N.C.) and Nicole Hiller (Rocky Hill, Conn.) both scored 10 points. Tomassini recorded five steals and first-year Isabel Aguilar (Avon, Conn.) led all players with a career-high 14 rebounds in the win.
Junior Katlyn Grover (Bernardston, Mass.) scored 11 points and sophomore Annika Brooks (Portland, Maine) added six points and 12 rebounds to lead the Lyons.
The Green and White made eight of its first 11 shots and got points from all five starters to build an 18-0 lead less than five minutes into the contest. Grover scored Mount Holyoke's first hoop at the 4:29 mark of the opening stanza, but the Beavers followed with a 17-2 run that included nine points from Tomassini and Bonifacic to extend the margin to 35-4 just over four minutes into the second quarter.
Babson led 46-11 at the half and got six quick points from Ouimette as part of an 11-0 run to begin the third period. The Green and White shot 61.9 percent in the frame and scored 17 of its 29 points off of turnovers to make it 75-18 going to the fourth. Owens had eight points and first-year Alexis Doherty (Melrose, Mass.) added seven to help the Beavers outscore Mount Holyoke 24-10 over the final 10 minutes.
The Green and White, which shot 44.9 percent for the game, scored 50 points on turnovers and outscored the Lyons 66-18 in the paint. The Beavers also finished with a 61-30 edge on the glass.
Babson returns to action on Monday when its hosts Williams at 6 p.m., while Mount Holyoke will take on Clark on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
• The Beavers are 40-7 all-time against Mount Holyoke and have won 20 straight games in the series going back to 2009.
• Babson has won 82 consecutive games when scoring at least 75 points, a streak that dates back to 2008.
• The Beavers' 14-game-winning streak is the program's longest since 2012 and is now the fifth longest in school history.
• Babson, which forced 45 turnovers on Saturday, are now 9-0 on the year when its foes commit at least 18 miscues.