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Game Preview: Women's Basketball vs. No. 6/3 Tufts

Game Preview: Women's Basketball vs. No. 6/3 Tufts

Women's Basketball vs. No. 6/3 Tufts
Wednesday, February 6 | 7 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Tufts will meet for the 27th time on Wednesday in a series that dates back to the 1982-83 season. The Jumbos hold a 16-10 edge all-time and have won 11 of the last 12 meetings between the teams.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Caitlin Harrington hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 57 seconds remaining to help then-No. 7/8 Tufts University rally to escape with a 67-63 victory over visiting Babson on January 29, 2018, in Medford.
• Senior Payton Ouimette recorded her 14th double-double of the year with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while junior Jacqueline Jozefick finished with 11 points to go along with five boards for the Beavers. Melissa Baptista scored 28 points and grabbed 12 boards for the Jumbos, who trailed by as many as 10 in the third quarter.

LAST BABSON WIN
• Giovanna Pickering '17 and Linnett Graber '16 each scored 16 points as the Beavers rallied from a 19-point halftime deficit to beat Tufts, 58-52, on February 11, 2014, in Medford.
• Babson, which shot 73.7 percent in the second half, outscored the Jumbos 45-20 after the break. Liz Moynahan scored 13 points for Tufts, which shot just 30 percent for the game.

SCOUTING THE JUMBOS
• No. 6 D3hoops.com/No. 3 WBCA Tufts (20-2) is looking to keep up the momentum after a 79-44 win over Hamilton on Saturday.
• Junior Lilly Paro scored a career-high 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting, while senior Jac Knapp added 15 points and seven rebounds as the Jumbos built a 38-16 halftime lead.
• Junior Erica DeCandido (12.8 pts, 5.5 reb) is fifth in the NESCAC shooting 49.7 percent from the floor, Knapp (12.8 pts, 4.0 reb, 3.5 ast) has made a team-high 33 three-pointers, and sophomore Emily Briggs is contributing 10.1 points and 3.7 rebounds.
• Tufts ranks third in Division III in scoring defense allowing just 47.0 points and 12th nationally in field goal percentage defense (32.0).

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (18-3) rebounded from its first loss since December 1 to beat WPI 67-56 on Saturday afternoon.
• Ouimette recorded her 13th double-double with a career-high 28 points and 10 rebounds, while junior Emily Bonifacic added 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting.
• Ouimette (15.2 pts, 11.8 reb, 2.5 ast) ranks 17th in Division III in rebounding, Bonifacic (11.1 pts, 7.0 reb) is shooting 52 percent, and junior Katherine Tamulionis is adding 10.8 points and 2.1 assists in 21 starts.
• The Green and White has won 10 consecutive games at home and ranks 12th in Division III in rebounding margin (+11.9).

OUIMETTE ADDS ANOTHER WEEKLY HONOR
• After posting three double-doubles and averaging 20.7 points and 12.7 rebounds, Ouimette earned her fourth NEWMAC Offensive Player of the Week award on Monday.
• Additionally, she was named to the NEWBA Weekly Honor Roll for the third time this winter on Tuesday.

JUMBO OPPORTUNITY
• Wednesday's contest is the first against a ranked foe for the Green and White since facing Tufts last January. Babson's last win over a ranked opponent came against FDU-Florham in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
• On the flip side, Tufts has won 19 straight games against non-conference opponents and is 47-1 against out-of-conference competition since the start of the 2016-17 campaign.

FINDING HER RYHTHM
• After scoring in double figures in just two of the Beavers' first seven games, Bonifacic has contributed at least 10 points in 12 of the team's last 14 outings.
• She is averaging 12.6 points and 8.4 rebounds while shooting 52.3 percent from the floor and 75.5 percent at the free throw line during this stretch.

THAT TIME OF YEAR
• The Green and White has gone 18-4 in the month of February since 2016, while includes a 12-3 mark at home.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 18-1 this season when outrebounding their opponents.

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