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Game Preview: Women's Basketball vs. WPI

Game Preview: Women's Basketball vs. WPI

Women's Basketball vs. WPI
Saturday, January 25 | 3 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 36-25 all-time against WPI in a series that dates back to the 1976-77 season.
• The Beavers and Engineers have split their last six games going back to February 2017.
• Babson is 12-2 inside Staake Gymnasium against WPI dating back to 2010, although both setbacks have come over the four seasons.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Katherine Tamulionis led a balanced attack with 10 points to help Babson defeat WPI, 67-44, on February 16, 2019, in Worcester.
• Seven different players contributed at least six points for the Beavers, who built a 16-point lead and scored 23 points off of 19 WPI turnovers in the victory.
• Alyssa Paul finished with nine points for the Engineers.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
• WPI (11-5, 1-0 NEWMAC) has won six of its last seven games and is coming off a 67-54 victory over Clark in its conference opener on Wednesday.
• First-year Emily Raynowska led four players in double figures with 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting for the Engineers, who forced 25 turnovers and built a 16-point lead at the half.
• Senior Spencer Vinson (10.6 pts, 6.8 reb) leads the team in scoring and rebounding, classmate Alana Keating is contributing 8.0 points on 42.2 percent shooting, and sophomore Melanie Presseau (6.7 pts, 1.4 stl) leads the squad in steals.
• WPI ranks fifth in Division III in field goal percentage defense (30.4) and 18th nationally in scoring defense (52.0 points).

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (8-7, 1-0 NEWMAC) suffered a 73-51 loss at No. 1/1 Tufts on Wednesday night.
• Tamulionis scored 11 points and senior Emily Bonifacic added 10 points and two steals for the Beavers, who were down just eight more than midway through the third quarter.
• Bonifacic (14.7 pts, 9.1 reb) ranks second in the conference shooting 52.7 percent, first-year Megan Bauman (12.2 pts, 3.9 reb, 3.5 ast) is fifth in the league in assists, and Tamulionis (10.3 pts, 2.7 ast) has connected on 62.5 percent of her shots in three games against NEWMAC foes this winter.
• The Green and White is holding its foes to juet 34.5 percent shooting on the season.

START OF A PIVOTAL STRETCH
• Babson, which opened NEWMAC play with a victory for the 15th time in the last 16 seasons last Saturday at MIT, kicks off a pivotal three-game stretch on Saturday against WPI.
• In addition to facing the Engineers, who have recently knocked off Williams and Western New England, the Beavers travel to Emerson next Wednesday and host Smith next Saturday. The Lions and Pioneers were the only two squads to defeat the Green and White in the regular season last year.

DEFENSE AND REBOUNDING
• Babson, which has played the ninth toughest schedule in Division III based on opponents winning percentage (.629) this winter, has gone 8-1 when outrebounding its foes and owns a +14.6 rebounding margin in its eight victories.
• The Beavers are also 7-1 when holding opponents below 60 points.

PEDIATRIC CANCER AWARENESS
• For the second year in a row, Babson has partnered with the Go4theGoal Foundation and will be wearing yellow shoelaces to help raise awareness and money for pediatric cancer.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• Since 2010, the Beavers are 13-1 against WPI when scoring at least 60 points and just 6-4 when being held under 60.

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