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Strong Finish Propels Women’s Basketball Past Connecticut College in Pearson Memorial Tournament Consolation Game, 67-56

Strong Finish Propels Women’s Basketball Past Connecticut College in Pearson Memorial Tournament Consolation Game, 67-56

Bauman Earns All-Tournament Team Honors, Tamulionis Selected as Judy Pearson '85 Award Winner

BABSON PARK, Mass.—First-year Megan Bauman (East Lyme, Conn.) scored a career-high 19 points to help Babson College defeat visiting Connecticut College, 67-56, in the consolation game of the Judy Pearson '85 Memorial Tournament on Sunday afternoon inside Staake Gymnasium.

With the win, Babson evens its record at 5-5, while Connecticut College slips to 4-7 overall.

Bauman went 12-of-12 at the free throw line to go along with seven rebounds, two assists and two steals to pace the Beavers. Senior Jacqueline Jozefick (Milford, Conn.) recorded her second double-double of the year with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while junior Nicole Hiller (Rocky Hill, Conn.) came off the bench to contribute season highs of 12 points and six boards.

Senior Sami Ashton (Clinton, conn.) finished with 19 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals to lead the Camels. Junior Casey Walsh (Phoenixville, Pa.), who was named to the all-tournament team, scored 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting, while senior Dana Muckstadt (Dover, Mass.) led all players with 11 boards.

Jozefick and Bauman combined for nine points and five different players scored to help the Green and White open a 15-6 lead less than seven minutes into the contest. Ashton and Walsh spaked a 10-2 run though as Connecticut College cut its deficit to one over the final 2:57 of the opening quarter.

Despite making just one field goal over the final 7:49 of the second, Babson and the Camels were deadlocked at 26-26 at the break. Connecticut College scored on its first two possessions of the third quarter to take its first lead at 36-31 before the Beavers responded with a 13-2 run that included eight points at the free throw line to go back in front 39-33.

The Camels tied the game at 46-all on a three-pointer by sophomore Emily Tripp (Westport, Mass.) 26 seconds into the fourth, but a driving layup by Tamulionis sparked a 6-0 run that put the Green and White back in front for good with 8:03 to play. Connecticut College got as close as 55-53 on two free throws by Ashton with 2:14 left, but Hiller canned a three-pointer from the right win on the ensuing possession as Babson closed the game on a 12-3 run.

The Beavers shot just 32.7 percent and were limited to a season-low 14 points in the paint, but outscored the Camels 27-7 at the free throw line and finished with a 43-36 edge on the glass.

Babson returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Clark at 7 p.m., while Connecticut College begins NESCAC play at home on Friday at 7 p.m. against Colby.

• The Beavers are now 9-2 all-time against Connecticut College although the teams have met just twice since 1995.
• Bauman, who reached double figures for the seventh game in a row, was named to the all-tournament team, while senior Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) was selected as the Judy Pearson '85 Award winner.
• Babson's 27 made free throws and 34 free throw attempts are the program's most since going 33-of-38 at the charity stripe in a January 3, 2015, win at Coast Guard.
• The Beavers are now 27-2 over the last two seasons when outrebounding their opponents.