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Women’s Hoops Downs Springfield for Third Straight Win, 64-52

Women’s Hoops Downs Springfield for Third Straight Win, 64-52

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—Senior Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) paced four players in double figures with a season-high 19 points as visiting Babson College defeated Springfield College, 64-52, in non-conference women's basketball on Saturday afternoon inside Blake Arena.

With its season-high third straight win, Babson improves to 7-5 overall. Springfield, which entered the day having won six of its last seven games, slips to 9-6 on the year.

Tamulionis finished 8-of-11 from the floor and added five assists and two steals for the Beavers. Senior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) scored 11 of her 13 points in the second half and led all players with 17 rebounds, while first-year Megan Bauman (East Lyme, Conn.) chipped in with 12 points, five boards and two assists. Junior Nicole Hiller (Rocky Hill, Conn.) also matched her season high with 11 points in the win.

Senior Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) scored 11 points and sophomore Grace Dzindolet (Holliston, Mass.) and first-year Sam Hourihan (Bridgewater, Mass.) both added 10 points for the Pride, which shot just 30.9 percent from the floor.

Hiller and Tamulionis helped the Green and White build a 9-0 lead less than two minutes into the contest, but Dzindolet scored the final seven points of the stanza and senior Taylor Hall (Tolland) converted a layup on the opening possession of the second quarter to give Springfield its only lead of the game at 19-17. The Beavers countered with a 15-4 run that included nine points by Bauman and Tamulionis, and withstood late three-pointers by Pride first-year Rachel Vinton (Holden, Mass.) and senior Lauren Rudolph (Franklin, Mass.) to carry a 34-29 lead into the break.

The Pride got as close as three on three occasions in the third quarter, but Tamulionis and Bonifacic combined for 11 points as the Beavers extended the margin to 49-42 late in the period. Goslin converted a three-point play and then hit a pull-up jumper to get the hosts within 52-50 at the 6:40 mark of the fourth, but the Beavers answered with a closing 12-2 run to pull away.

Bonifacic made it a two-possession game with a layup and Hiller made one of two free throws to push the Beavers' lead to 55-50 with 4:26 remaining. Tamulionis canned a pair of free throws two minutes later and Bonifacic scored on her eighth offensive rebound of the game to make it 59-50 with 1:35 left. Bauman and Bonifacic also knocked down two free throws apiece over the final 42 seconds to seal the victory.

The Green and White shot 42.1 percent on the afternoon and outscored the Pride 14-5 at the free throw line and 34-26 in the paint. The Beavers also enjoyed a 50-31 edge on the glass.

Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Trinity at 6 p.m., while Springfield is off until next Saturday when it takes on Coast Guard at 2 p.m.

• The Beavers are 30-12 all-time against Springfield and have won seven of the last eight games between the teams.
• Over the last two seasons, Tamulionis is averaging 19.0 points on 62.1 percent shooting in three games against the Pride.
• Babson is 7-1 this season and has won 29 of its last 31 contests when outrebounding its opponents.
• Bonifacic recorded her fourth double-double of the season, while Bauman reached double figures in scoring for the ninth consecutive outing.