WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.—Senior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) led four players in double figures with 19 points to help Babson College defeat the University of Rochester, 65-58, on the opening night of the Williams Holiday Classic on Friday inside Chandler Gymnasium.
With the win, Babson evens its record at 3-3 on the year, while Rochester slips to 4-4 overall.
Senior Jacqueline Jozefick (Milford, Conn.) recorded her first double-double of the season with 12 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, while fellow senior Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) and sophomore Katie Jones (Ridgewood, N.J.) each added 12 points apiece for the Beavers.
Sophomore Julianna Okoniewski (Selkirk, N.Y.) finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds to pace the Yellow Jackets. Senior Lauren Foley (Sudbury, Mass.) went 5-of-6 from beyond the arc and added 15 points in the loss.
All five starters scored at least four points as the Green and White shot 52.6 percent in the opening quarter to build a 24-18 lead. Sophomore Christina Bonfiglio (Westwood, Mass.) hit a jumper to open the second, Bonifacic converted a three-point play, and first-year Christina Costa (Weston, Mass.) scored off a steal to extend the Beavers' advantage to 31-21 with 4:44 to go in the half.
A jumper by Jones gave Babson a 37-29 lead heading to the locker rooms, and Bonifacic and Jozefick followed a three-pointer by Tamulionis with back-to-back hoops for a 44-31 lead less than three minutes into the third quarter. Okoniewski scored six points during a 12-2 Yellow Jackets' spurt the cut the margin to 46-43 late in the stanza, but the Beavers responded with a 9-0 spurt that included four points from Bonifacic and a triple from Jozefick to push their advantage back to 55-43 with 7:04 to play in the fourth quarter.
Rochester closed within five at 58-53 with 4:29 remaining after four straight points by Okoniewski, but would get no closer. The Green and White went 6-of-8 at the free throw line over the next three minutes to regain a nine-point lead with 1:14 to go.
The Beavers, who shot 41.7 percent, outscored the Yellow Jackets 19-10 on second-chance points and 30-14 in the paint in addition to finishing with a 48-44 edge on the glass.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson faces unbeaten Williams at 3 p.m., while Rochester faces Wheaton at 1 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 2-0 all-time against Rochester.
• Junior Shaye Galletta (Riverside, Conn.) made her first collegiate start and finished with four points in 32 minutes on Friday night.
• Babson, which had already defeated Union and Ithaca, is now 3-0 this season against teams from the state of New York.
• The Beavers have shot better than 40 percent in five of its first six games.