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Women’s Basketball Rallies to Edge MIT in NEWMAC Opener, 65-59

Women’s Basketball Rallies to Edge MIT in NEWMAC Opener, 65-59

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Senior Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) and first-year Megan Bauman (East Lyme, Conn.) combined for 17 fourth-quarter points as visiting Babson College rallied for a 65-59 win at MIT in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon inside Rockwell Cage.

With the win, Babson improves to 8-6 overall and opens league play at 1-0, while MIT lost for the first time in six contests to drop to 6-8 overall and 0-1 in the NEWMAC.

Bauman finished with 14 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals, while Tamulionis scored 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting for the Beavers. First-year Samantha Smith (Greenfield, Mass.) also contributed a season-high 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting to go along with five boards and three assists in the win.

Junior Jocelyn Luizzi (Colchester, Conn.) scored 19 points, dished out three assists and record four steals, while senior Cindy Si (San Antonio, Texas) added 16 points and five rebounds to pace the Engineers.

MIT jumped out a to a quick 9-0 lead but Bauman scored seven points and junior Shaye Galletta (Riverside, Conn.) buried a pair of three-pointers to help the Green and White pull even at 16-16 late in the first quarter. Smith scored six points to open the second and Tamulionis gave Babson a 24-20 lead before the Engineers embarked on a 16-0 run that spanned the end of the second and start of the third quarter.

Luizzi and Si combined to score the last 11 points of the first half, and Si followed up a three-pointer by sophomore Annika Sougstad (Mahtomedi, Minn.) to give the hosts their biggest lead of the game at 36-24 with 7:53 to play in the third quarter. First-year Caroline Clark (Philadelphia, Pa.) drilled a pair of three-pointers and Smith and Bonifacic each scored four points late in the stanza to cut the Beavers' deficit to 46-41.

Bauman canned a three-point to open the fourth and Tamulionis followed with six straight points to put Babson in front 50-48 with 7:18 remaining. The Engineers pulled even at 52-52 on a layup by junior Kylie Gallagher (Upton, Mass.) at the 4:20 mark, but junior Katie Jones (Ridgewood, N.J.) buried her only triple of the game 51 seconds later to put the Green and White ahead for good.

Tamulionis scored on each of Babson's next two possessions, and Smith added a layup with 1:04 remaining to extend the margin to 61-55. Bauman went 4-of-4 at the free throw line over the final 23 seconds to seal the victory.

The Beavers shot 46.2 percent and matched their season high with eight three-pointers in addition to turning 18 MIT turnovers into 21 points.

Both teams return to action on Wednesday as Babson travels to No. 1/1 Tufts at 7 p.m., while MIT takes on Smith at 6 p.m.

• The Beavers are now 55-12 all-time against MIT and have won five straight regular season meetings between the programs, all of which have been decided by six points or less.
• Babson won 11 straight games at Rockwell Cage going back to 2009.
• The Beavers have won 28 of their last 30 NEWMAC road games dating back to 2016.
• Saturday's victory is the first this season for Babson when it trails entering the fourth quarter.