DARTMOUTH, Mass.—Senior Emily Farrell (New Fairfield, Conn.) scored the go-ahead hoop with 1:15 remaining as Western New England University defeated Babson College, 57-55, in the championship game of the Lafrance Hospitality Tournament inside the Tripp Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Dartmouth on Sunday afternoon.
Babson slips to 1-1 on the year with loss, while Western New England improves to 3-1 with its second consecutive victory.
Senior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.), who was named to the all-tournament team, finished with 20 points on 10-of-15 shooting to go along with a team-high seven rebounds. First-year Megan Bauman (East Lyme, Conn.) scored 11 points and led all players with six assists, while senior Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) chipped in with 10 points, five assists and four boards for the Beavers.
Farrell, who was selected as the tournament's most valuable player, finished with 18 points, a game-high eight rebounds and five assists to pace the Golden Bears. Sophomore Julia Quinn (Thomaston, Conn.), who also was named to the all-tournament team, finished with 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting.
Western New England led 20-15 after one and used a 6-0 run that included points from senior Alyssa Stefanelli (Chicopee, Mass.), Farrell and senior Courtney Carlson (Woodbury, Conn.) to push its advantage to 30-20 nearly five minutes into the second quarter. The Golden Bears carried a 36-27 advantage into the break and opened the third period with a 6-2 run to grab its largest margin of the afternoon at 42-29 on a jumper by senior Meghan Orbann (East Hampton, Conn.) at the 5:55 mark.
The Green and White responded though, scoring eight straight points as part of a 19-7 spurt that cut its deficit to just one late in the third. Bonifacic scored eight points and Bauman added four for the Beavers, who pulled within 49-48 on a three-pointer by Tamulionis with 35 seconds to go in the stanza.
A layup by first-year Samantha Smith (Greenfield, Mass.) cut the lead to one again early in the fourth, but Farrell converted backdoor layups on consecutive possessions to keep Western New England in front 55-52 with 4:33 to play. Tamulionis pulled Babson even for the first time since late in the first quarter with a triple from the right wing, but Farrell hit a short jumper two possessions later for what would prove to be the game-winning hoop.
Babson had three chances to tie or take the lead over the final 64 seconds but was unable to convert.
The Beavers shot 47.2 percent from the floor, but attempted four free throws and were outrebounded 37-28 in the contest.
Babson returns to action next Sunday when it faces No. 21 Ithaca in the opening game of the Amherst Tournament, while Western New England hosts Worcester State on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
• The Beavers are 2-5 all-time against Western New England and Sunday's game was the first between the teams since 2007.
• Bonifacic averaged 29.0 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 77.8 percent from the floor in two games over the weekend.
• The 57 points allowed are the fewest in a loss by Babson since suffering a 52-43 setback to WPI back on February 7, 2018.
• Over their first two games, the Beavers have shot 60.2 percent on two-point field goal attempts.