Beavers Down Williams for First Time Since 2001, Match 1993-94 Squad with Program's Fourth Longest Winning Streak
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) finished with game highs of 21 points and 15 rebounds to help Babson College defeat visiting Williams College, 67-51, in non-conference women's basketball action on Monday night inside Staake Gymnasium.
Babson, which has now won 15 straight games, improves to 17-2 overall, while Williams slips to 9-11 with its fourth loss in the last five games.
Junior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) recorded her third double-double of the year with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while classmates Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) and Jacqueline Jozefick (Milford, Conn.) added nine points apiece. Tamulionis also led players with four assists and senior Bianca Tomassini (North Branford, Conn.) chipped in with six points, five boards, three assists and three steals in the win.
Sophomore Maggie Meehan (Southington, Conn.) scored 14 points and senior Lauren Vostal (Manasquan, N.J.) added 13 points, nine rebounds and three steals to lead the Ephs. Sophomore Mikaela Topper (Cupertino, Calif.) scored nine points and classmate Gabby Martin (Madison, Conn.) led all players with four steals.
Bonifacic scored six early points and six different players contributed at least one hoop as the Green and White opened a 17-9 lead in the closing seconds of the first quarter. Williams, which shot just 4-of-15 in the opening frame, got seven points from Vostal and scored on its first four possessions of the second quarter to pull within 21-20. Ouimette answered with three straight buckets as the Beavers extended their advantage back to 31-24 at halftime.
The Ephs got as close as four at 37-33 on a jumper by Meehan almost four minutes into the third quarter only to see Babson responded with a 12-0 run. Jozefick and Tamulionis converted layups on back-to-back trips, Spellacy followed a three-point play by Jozefick with a triple from the wing, and Ouimette finished off the spurt with a hoop in the paint to make it 49-33 with 1:36 to go in the period.
Williams cut its deficit to 14 three times early in the fourth, but the Green and White shot 8-of-11 from the floor over the final 10 minutes to put the game away. Ouimette scored six points in the frame and Tomassini converted back-to-back steals into hoops to give the Beavers a 62-42 lead, their largest of the game, with 5:34 to go.
Babson shot 43.8 percent from the floor, held a 42-26 edge in paint scoring and finished with a 45-31 advantage on the glass. The Ephs shot just 33.3 percent for the game and finished just 5-of-23 (21.7 percent) from beyond the arc.
The Beavers return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Emerson for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff. Williams hosts Colby on Friday at 7 p.m.
• Babson, which picked up its first win over Williams since 2001, is now 4-12 all-time against the Ephs.
• The Beavers' 15-game winning streak is now the fifth longest active streak in Division III behind Thomas More (23 games) and Bowdoin, Saint Joseph's and Messiah (19 games).
• The Green and White has won nine straight games at home and is 11-1 over its last 12 games inside Staake Gymnasium dating back to last February.
• Babson has won its last 15 contests when holding the opposition below 60 points.