BABSON PARK, Mass.—First-year Megan Bauman (East Lyme, Conn.) scored a season-high 25 points and junior Nicole Hiller (Rocky Hill, Conn.) matched her career with 16 points to help Babson College defeat visiting Wellesley College, 80-61, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Wednesday night inside Staake Gymnasium.
With its season high fourth straight win, Babson improves to 12-7 overall and 5-0 in league play, while Wellesley dips to 12-5 overall and 4-2 in the NEWMAC.
Senior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) scored 11 points and classmate Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) added 10 points and four assists for the Beavers. Fellow senior Jacqueline Jozefick (Milford, Conn.) pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds and also dished out four assists to go along with seven points in the win.
Senior Caitlin Aguirre (El Paso, Texas) scored 19 points and doled out a team-high four assists, while first-year Jiyun Chae (Chantilly, Va.) added 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting to pace the Blue.
Wellesley made five of its first six shots to build a 12-9 lead, but Hiller and Bauman answered with nine straight points and first-year Jade Perry (Auburn, Maine) scored off a feed from senior Vanessa Onwe (Tarrytown, N.Y.) to put the Green and White up 20-17 late in the first quarter. Chae put the Blue back up 27-25 with 7:05 to go in the second before the Beavers closed the half with a 16-4 run. Bauman scored seven points and Hiller added five during the spurt as Babson took a 41-31 advantage into the locker room.
Wellesley got as close as five on a jumper by Chae midway through the third quarter, but first-year Samantha Smith (Greenfield, Mass.) scored on back-to-back possessions and Bauman and Tamulionis combined to go 10-of-10 at the free throw line over the final 4:27 of the stanza to help the Beavers extended the margin to 60-45. The Blue got as close 66-56 with 5:24 to go in the fourth after five straight points by Aguirre, but Jozefick and Bauman knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to push the Babson lead back to 72-56 with 4:21 remaining.
The Beavers shot 48.4 percent on the night and outscored Wellesley 32-18 in the paint and 22-9 off of turnovers. The Green and White also held a 39-25 advantage on the glass.
Both teams are back in action on Saturday at 1 p.m. as Babson travels to Clark, while Wellesley visits Mount Holyoke.
• The Beavers are 53-15 all-time against Wellesley and have won 23 of their last 25 games against Wellesley going back to 2008.
• Babson is 9-0 on the year when shooting 40 percent or better of the floor.
• Over the last three games, Bauman has averaged 20.7 points on 47.4 percent shooting.
• The Beavers have made at least seven three-pointers in three straight games for the first time since December 1-5 of last season.