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Tournament Preview: Women's Basketball Set to Face Wesleyan in Judy Pearson '85 Memorial Tournament Opener

Tournament Preview: Women's Basketball Set to Face Wesleyan in Judy Pearson '85 Memorial Tournament Opener

Judy Pearson '85 Memorial Tournament
Saturday, January 4 | vs. Wesleyan | 1 p.m.
Sunday, January 5 | vs. Connecticut College or No. 22 SUNY Geneseo | 12 or 2 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SETUP
• The Babson women's basketball program will host the Judy Pearson '85 Memorial Tournament for the second year in a row on Saturday and Sunday inside Staake Gymnasium.
• The Beavers will face Wesleyan at 3 p.m., while the other first round matchup pits Connecticut College against SUNY Geneseo. Sunday's consolation game will start at 12 p.m. with the championship game to follow at 2 p.m.

SERIES HISTORY
vs. Wesleyan
• Babson is 1-1 all-time against the Cardinals in a series that dates back to 2009.
• Wesleyan closed the game on a 16-2 run to defeat the Beavers, 65-53, in their last meeting at the Williams Tip-Off Tournament on November 17, 2013.

vs. Connecticut College
• Babson is 8-2 all-time against the Camels in a series that dates back to the 1981-82 season.
• The Beavers suffered a 73-62 loss to Connecticut College in the only meeting between the programs since 1995 back on November 26, 2017.

vs. SUNY Geneseo
• Babson 1-0 all-time against Geneseo and the teams have never met in the regular season.
• The only prior meeting between Babson and the Knights came back in 2011 as the Beavers recorded a 65-53 win over SUNY Geneseo in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (4-4) routed Endicott 72-42 in its home opener on Tuesday afternoon.
• Senior Emily Bonifacic scored 14 of her game-high 20 points in the first half and first-year Megan Bauman added 10 points, four assists and three steals for the Beavers, who outscored the Gulls 52-22 in the paint.
• Bonifacic (18.8 pts, 9.0 reb) is shooting 56.6 percent from the floor, Bauman (11.8 pts, 4.5 ast, 3.7 reb) has scored in double figures in five straight games, and senior Katherine Tamulionis is contributing 10.4 points and 3.0 assists.
• The Green and White is shooting 42 percent and grabbing 12.2 offensive rebounds over its first eight games.

SCOUTING THE CARDINALS
• Wesleyan (7-2) has been off since easing past Fitchburg State 80-45 back on December 7.
• First-year Maggie Lee scored 16 points and sophomores Marina Petruzzi and Maddie Clark added 14 and 13 points, respectively, for the Cardinals, who outscored the Falcons 40-12 in the middle quarters.
• Petrtuzzi (15.7 pts, 3.9 reb) has knocked down a team-high 18 three-pointers, sophomore Caleigh Ryan (14.8 pts, 8.1 reb, 3.7 ast, 2.4 stl) leads the team in assists and steals, and junior Katy O'Connor (10.6 pts, 9.1 reb) is shooting 48.1 percent from the floor.
• Wesleyan is pulling down 17.7 offensive rebounds per game and ranks fifth in Division III with a 1.24 assist-to-turnover ratio.

SCOUTING THE CAMELS
• Connecticut College (4-5) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 61-59 OT win over Endicott last Sunday.
• Senior Sami Ashton scored nine of her game-high 18 points late in regulation and overtime, and sophomore Claire Gulbin chipped in with 12 points for the Camels, who led by 10 entering the fourth quarter.
• Ashton (15.7 pts, 3.9 reb, 2.0 ast) leads the team in scoring and steals, Gulbin (10.6 pts, 3.2 reb) is shooting 41.9 percent from the floor, and junior Casey Walsh is averaging 6.6 points and a team-high 4.2 boards.
• Connecticut College averaged just 51.3 points on 31.5 percent shooting in four December games.

SCOUTING THE KNIGHTS
• No. 22 SUNY Geneseo (6-1) rebounded from its first loss of the year with a 72-48 victory over Oswego back on December 7.
• Junior Kerrin Montgomery scored 17 points and senior Sara Ciotti added 14 points for the Knights, who held the Lakers to just 27.8 percent shooting.
• Montgomery (14.6 pts, 8.4 reb) is shooting 55.2 percent from the floor, junior Lindsay Halpin (12.6 pts, 3.4 ast) has scored in double figures in three of her last four outings, and Ciotti is averaging 10.0 points and a team-high 4.4 assists.
• Geneseo ranks 13th in Division III with a 11.9 rebounding margin.

CLEANING THE GLASS
• Senior Jacqueline Jozefick pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds in Tuesday's victory over Endicott, and is averaging 11.3 boards over the last three games.
• Her 18 rebounds are the most by a Babson player since Payton Ouimette '19 hauled down 22 in a win over Clark last January.

20 SOMETHING
• After being limited to a season-low four points in a loss at Williams on December 7, Bonifacic responded with her fourth game of at least 20 points on Tuesday against Endicott.
• She also shot better than 60 percent from the floor for the fourth time over the Beavers' first eight games going 10-of-16 (62.5 percent) against the Gulls.

BENCH PRODUCTION
• The Green and White got a season-high 23 points to go along with 16 rebounds, six assists and five steals from its bench in Tuesday's victory.
• First-year Jade Perry scored a season-high seven points, classmate Samantha Smith added five points and season-best six boards, and junior Nicole Hiller chipped in with four points on the day.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers are 4-1 this winter and 26-2 over the last two years when outrebounding their opponents.

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