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Game Preview: Women's Basketball vs. Endicott

Game Preview: Women's Basketball vs. Endicott

Women's Basketball vs. Endicott
Tuesday, December 31 | 1 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 6-4 all-time against Endicott in a series that dates back to the 1975-76 campaign.
• The Beavers are 6-4 all-time against the Gulls, although the programs have met just twice since 1985 and have not played since 2009.

LAST MEETING
• Nichole Duchesne scored 21 points and Endicott held Babson without a hoop over the final 5:26 to pull away for a 69-54 win on January 15, 2009, in Beverly, Mass.
• Kathleen King '12 and Nicole Wurdeman '12 scored 18 and 16 points, respectively, for the Beavers, who led 32-27 at halftime.
• Ashley Vitale added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Gulls.

SCOUTING THE GULLS
• Endicott (4-5) had its two-game winning streak stopped in a 61-59 OT loss at Connecticut College on Sunday.
• Seniors Kaleigh Putnam and Emily Pratt scored 17 and 16 points, respectively, for the Gulls, who overcame a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit.
• Pratt (15.6 pts, 8.1 reb, 3.4 ast) has scored in double figures in every game this season, Putnam (13.0 pts, 3.0 ast) is averaging 16 points over last four contests, and fellow senior Mikaela Rogers (11.6 pts, 5.6 reb) is shooting 48 percent from the floor.
• Endicott, which is shooting 40.4 percent as a team, is giving up 15.2 offensive boards per game.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (3-4) has been off since suffering a 64-45 loss at unbeaten Williams back on December 7.
• Junior Shaye Galletta scored a season-high 11 points for the Beavers, who shot just 30.4 percent in the loss.
• Senior Emily Bonifacic (18.6 pts, 9.0 reb) is shooting 55.7 percent from the floor, first-year Megan Bauman (12.2 pts, 4.6 ast) has reached double figures in each of her last four outings, and senior Katherine Tamulionis is contributing 10.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
• The Green and White is holding its opponents to just 28.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

FINALLY HOME
• Tuesday's home opener comes eight games into the season, which is the latest the Beavers have played their first contest at home in more than three decades.
• Babson, DePauw, Louisiana College and SUNY Potsdam are the only women's basketball programs in Division III that have yet to play an official home game this season.
• Tuesday's contest is the first of four straight inside Staake Gymnasium for the Beavers, who will host the Judy Pearson '85 Invitational on Saturday and Sunday.

SOMETHING IN COMMON
• The Beavers and Endicott share a pair of common opponents in Williams and Western New England.
• Both teams shot under 35 percent and lost by double digits to the Ephs, while the Gulls defeated the Golden Bears, who edged Babson by two points on the opening weekend of the season.

DON'T FORGET YOUR JACKET
• The women's basketball program will running a coat drive during Tuesday's game. All donations will be delivered to the Pine Street Inn and Rosie's Place in Boston.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• In three victories this season, the Beavers are shooting 45.9 percent from the floor and grabbing 14.0 offensive rebounds.

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