BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) led three players in double figures with 15 points to help Babson College defeat Connecticut College, 70-52, in non-conference women's basketball action on Monday night inside Staake Gymnasium.
With its sixth consecutive win, Babson improves to 14-7 overall. Connecticut College has dropped three straight games to slip to 7-15 on the year.
Bonifaic led all players with eight rebounds to go along with four assists, junior Nicole Hiller (Rocky Hill, Conn.) scored 14 points and senior Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) added 13 points, six boards and three steals for the Beavers. First-year Jade Perry (Auburn, Maine) chipped in with nine points and classmate Megan Bauman (East Lyme, Conn.) finished with eight points and four assists in the win.
Senior Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.) scored 11 points and tied for game-high honors with three steals to lead the Camels.
After being limited to just two points over the opening 4:32 of the contest, the Green and White seized control of the game with a 19-4 run. Tamulionis converted a three-point play in transition, Hiller knocked down an open three-pointer and Bonifacic scored on back-to-back possessions to give the Beavers a 12-7 advantage late in the first. Perry canned a triple from the right wing, and Tamulionis, Bauman and junior Shaye Galletta (Riverside, Conn.) added hoops on three straight trips to extend the margin to 21-9 less than a minute into the second quarter.
Connecticut College closed within seven on a three-pointer by sophomore Claire Gulbin (Wilton, Conn.) at the 4:43 mark, but Tamulionis answered with five straight points, Perry followed with a pull-up jumper and Bonifacic converted back-to-back layups to make it 35-19 at the half.
The Camels got two quick three-pointers from junior Casey Walsh (Phoenixville, Pa.) to open the third quarter, cutting their deficit to 35-25, but the Beavers responded by scoring on six of their next seven possessions to stretch the lead to 47-31 on a transition jumper by Bauman at the 4:14 mark of the stanza. Hiller and Bonifacic combined to score Babson's first nine points of the fourth quarter and Tamulionis made 1-of-2 at the free throw line to make it 61-41 with 5:39 to go in the contest.
The Green and White shot 44.8 percent from the floor and outscored Connecticut College 40-14 in the paint. The Beavers also committed a season-low nine turnovers while finishing with a 41-37 edge on the glass.
The Camels shot just 24.1 percent in the first half and 35.7 percent for the game.
Babson returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Wheaton at 8 p.m., while Connecticut College hosts Hamilton on Friday at a 7 p.m.
• The Beavers are 10-2 all-time against Connecticut College.
• Babson is 13-1 this season when scoring at least 60 points.
• Hiller reached double figures in scoring for the fifth consecutive game and is averaging 14.6 points during this stretch.
• The Beavers have won four straight home games and are 7-2 this winter inside Staake Gymnasium.