Worcester, Mass. – Visiting Babson College extended their winning streak to five straight games with a decisive 84-51 win over Clark University in New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.
The win for the surging Beavers is their 18th straight conference victory and their fourth in a row over the Cougars. Clark, meanwhile, has now dropped three in a row and four of their last five games.
Score: Babson College 84, Clark University 51
Records: Babson College (14-2, 8-0 NEWMAC); Clark University (9-6, 3-5 NEWMAC)
Location: Kneller Athletic Center, Worcester, Mass.
How It Happened:
Taylor Russell (Braintree, Mass.) led the Babson offensive attack with 16 of her season-best 26 points in the first half as the Beavers methodically built their 38-28 halftime edge.
Even after Clark got a pair of free throws from Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.) and a layup from Sam O'Gara (Worcester, Mass.) they still found themselves down 46-32 less than four minutes into the third quarter.
Babson then went on a quick 9-1 run that featured three points from Raven Brathwaite (Dorchester, Mass.), a layup from Russell and four free throws from Giovanna Pickering (Hull, Mass.) to make the score 55-33.
Clark got the lead down to 16 as Haley Wilder (Rindge, N.H.) and Ezemma each scored, but the Beavers closed the period with a Hannah Metcalf (Middlebury, Conn.) rebound and putback and a Jacqueline Jozefick (Milford, Conn.) traditional three-point play to make the score 62-41 at the end of three periods.
The Cougars never got closer than 20 points in the fourth quarter and the lead ballooned to its peak at 33 on a couple of occasions, including when Paula Materin (Madison, Conn.) dropped in a three-pointer with just under two minutes to play.
Inside The Boxscore:
The Beavers shot a season-best 56 percent from the field, led by Russell who connected on 12 of her 17 attempts.
Babson's bench provided 33 points and as a team the Beavers handed out 25 assists on their 32 made baskets.
Clark shot less than 30 percent (29.1) for the second straight contest and committed 24 turnovers which led to 29 Beaver points.
For The Foes:
In addition to Russell's standout performance, Babson got 12 points, nine assists and four steals from Pickering.
Jen Narlee (Medfield, Mass.) had an excellent all-around effort, finishing with five points, ten rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Aretha Sullivan (Worcester, Mass.) led Clark with 14 points, while O'Gara came off the bench to finish with 13 points and four assists.
Clark will have little time to lick their wounds as they host Newbury College at 1:00 p.m. on Monday afternoon. The Beavers meanwhile, will also step out of conference on Tuesday when they host the nation's No. 1 team in Tufts.