Game Preview: Women's Basketball vs. Springfield

Game Preview: Women's Basketball vs. Springfield

Women's Basketball vs. Springfield
Saturday, February 9 | 1 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Springfield will meet for the second time in three weeks and 40th time overall on Saturday. The Beavers are 28-12 against the Pride and have won five of the last six matchups between the programs.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Katherine Tamulionis scored 13 of her career-high 22 points in the fourth quarter as Babson built a 20-point first-half lead and weathered a late rally to defeat the Pride, 74-64, in Springfield on January 19.
• Junior Emily Bonifacic scored 13 points and classmate Jacqueline Jozefick added 10 points and 10 boards for the Beavers. Junior Emily Jacques finished with a game-high 19 points to lead Springfield.

LAST SPRINGFIELD WIN
• Junior Alex Goslin paced four players in double figures with 15 points as Springfield defeated the Beavers, 63-56, on January 20, 2018, at Staake Gymnasium.
• Senior Elizabeth Lane scored a team-high 13 points, while classmate Payton Ouimette added 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for the Beavers. Senior Chelsea McAllister had 14 points Jacques scored 13 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for the Pride.

SCOUTING THE PRIDE
• Springfield (14-7, 10-3 NEWMAC) has dropped two of its last three games after suffering an 89-84 3OT loss at Emerson on Wednesday.
• Goslin scored 20 points and Jacques added 16 points, 12 boards and four steals in 53 minutes for the Pride, which put five players in double figures and led by three with 11 seconds left in the second OT.
• Goslin (12.0 pts, 3.2 ast) lead the NEWMAC with a 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio, senior Gracie Restituyo (11.6 pts, 9.6 reb) is shooting 47.4 percent from the floor, and Jacques is contributing 11.0 points and 6.8 rebounds.
• Springfield is allowing just 50.2 points on 34.5 percent shooting, both of which rank second, in conference play.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (18-4, 11-2 NEWMAC), which is fourth in the first NCAA regional rankings, is coming off an 80-61 loss to No. 6/3 Tufts on Wednesday night.
• Joezefick scored a career-high 18 points and Bonifacic added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Beavers, who shot just 35.7 percent over the first three quarters.
• Ouimette (15.0 pts, 11.5 reb) leads the conference with 13 double-doubles, Bonifacic (11.0 pts, 7.0 reb) has scored in double figures in 13 of the last 15 games, and Tamulionis (10.4 pts, 2.0 ast) is shooting 40.4 percent on the year.
• The Green and White ranks 10th in Division III with a +12.4 rebounding margin and is averaging a league-best 73.2 points.

SENIOR SATRUDAY
• The Beavers' senior class of Lane, Ouimette, Téa Spellacy and Bianca Tomassini will play their final regular season home game on Saturday inside Staake Gymnasium.
• The group has led the program to a record of 81-25, a share of three straight NEWMAC regular season titles, and a conference tournament title and NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance in 2017.

LOG JAM AT THE TOP
• With just eight days remaining in the regular season, the Beavers and Pride are two of four teams with at least 10 wins in conference play.
• Babson holds a half-game lead over 11-3 Smith, while both Springfield and MIT are just a game back in the standing at 10-3. The top seed in the conference tournament will receive a bye to the semifinals, while seeds two through four will host a quarterfinal on February 19.

BACKCOURT PRODUCTION AGAINST THE PRIDE
• The Green and White's starting backcourt of Tamulionis, Spellacy and Lane has combined to score an average 34.3 points on 44.2 percent shooting over the last three meetings against Springfield.
• Additionally, Tomassini came off the bench to knock down a pair of three-pointers while contributing nine points and five assists in 20 minutes of Babson's win over the Pride back in January.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 10-0 this season when forcing 18 or more turnovers.