WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.—Junior Maggie Meehan (Southington, Conn.) scored 15 of her game-high 22 points in the opening half to help Williams College defeat visiting Babson College, 64-45, in non-conference women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon inside Chandler Gymnasium.
With the loss, Babson slips to 3-4 on the year, while Williams improves to 8-0 overall.
Junior Shaye Galletta (Riverside, Conn.) scored a season-high 11 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Beavers. Senior Jacqueline Jozefick (Milford, Conn.) added eight points and two blocks, while classmate Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) contributed seven points, four steals and three assists in 40 minutes. Fellow senior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) led all players with nine boards in the loss.
Meehan finished 9-of-16 from the floor and added four steals and three assists for the Ephs. Junior Mikaela Topper (Cupertino, Calif.) scored 15 points and snared five rebounds in the victory.
Jozefick gave the Green and White an 8-7 lead just over four minutes into the first quarter, and first-year Samantha Smith (Greenfield, Mass.) pulled the Beavers within 17-15 on a hoop in the paint late in the period. Babson made just one field goal over the first eight minutes of the second quarter though, while Meehan and Topper combined for 13 points during a 19-3 run that extended the Ephs' advantage to 36-18 late in the half.
The Beavers responded, getting a jumper from first-year Jade Perry (Lewiston, Maine) and a three-pointer from sophomore Christina Bonfiglio (Westwood, Mass.) to spark a 12-2 spurt that cut their deficit to 38-30 on a layup by Tamulionis midway through the third quarter. Tamulionis scored again to make it 43-34 with 1:39 to play in the frame before Williams regained control with a quick 8-0 burst that pushed the margin back to 51-34 on two free throws by Topper with 8:49 remaining in the fourth.
Babson got as close as 11 on a three-point play by junior Katie Jones (Ridgewood, N.J.) with 5:41 to go, but senior Emily Chang (Newton, Mass.) answered with a three-pointer on the ensuing possession.
The Beavers return to action on December 31 when they host Endicott at 2 p.m., while Williams faces Delaware Valley on December 18 in Miami.
• Babson is 4-13 all-time against Williams.
• Tamulionis was named to the Williams Holiday Classic All-Tournament team.
• The Beavers, who had shot better than 40 percent in five of its first six contests, connected on just 30.4 percent of its field goal attempts on Saturday.
• Babson matched its season high with 11 steals in Saturday's loss.