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Women's Hoops Drops OT Thriller at Brandeis, 99-88

Women's Hoops Drops OT Thriller at Brandeis, 99-88

WALTHAM, Mass.—Senior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) led four players in double figures with a game-high 29 points but it wasn't enough as visiting Babson College suffered a 99-88 overtime loss at Brandeis University in non-conference women's basketball action on Tuesday night inside Red Auerbach Arena.

Babson has dropped two straight games to slip to 2-3 on the year, while Brandeis has won two in a row to improve to 5-1 overall.

Bonifacic went 14-of-21 from the floor and tied for team-high honors with eight boards for the Beavers. Senior Jacqueline Jozefick (Milford, Conn.) matched her career high with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go along with eight rebounds and three steals, while classmate Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) finished with 18 points and five assists. First-year Megan Bauman (East Lyme, Conn.) chipped in with 15 points, six dimes and two steals in the loss.

Senior Hannah Nicholson (Sunderland, Vt.) recorded a double-double and paced six players in double figures with 19 points and 16 rebounds for the Judges. Junior Camila Casanueva (Santa Barbara, Calif.) went 11-of-12 from the free throw line in overtime and finished with 19 points, nine boards and eight assists, while senior Lauren Rubenstein (Southbury, Conn.) added 14 points in the victory.

The Green and White led 19-18 after one and built its biggest lead of the opening half after back-to-back hoops by Bonifacic made it 26-20 just over three minutes into the second. Up 34-30 at the break, the Beavers got four quick points from Tamulionis and a three-pointer by Bauman to extend the margin to 45-38 with 6:17 to go in the third quarter.

Brandeis still trailed by seven with 3:30 left in the stanza before embarking on a 15-5 run that included eight points from Rubenstein to go in front 57-54 entering the fourth. Babson pulled even at 59-59 on a triple by Jozefick at the 8:27 mark, and later went back in front 70-65 with 2:49 remaining in regulation after Tamulionis followed two free throws by Bauman with a jumper from the right corner.

Bonifacic responded to a three-pointer by Casanueva with a hoop in the paint, but Rubenstein and junior Jillian Petrie (Marlborough, Mass.) knocked down triples on consecutive possessions to put the Judges back in front 74-72 with 12.5 seconds left. Jozefick converted a feed from Tamulionis on the ensuing inbounds play and junior Katie Jones (Ridgewood, N.J.) came up with a steal on the final Brandeis possession to force overtime.

The Judges dominated the extra session getting a jumper by Nicholson and back-to-back three-pointers from first-year Francesca Marchese (Staten Island, N.Y.) and Petrie to take an 82-76 advantage with 3:24 to go. The hosts went 17-of-18 at the free throw line over the final 2:48 to pull away.

Babson returns to action on Friday when it takes on Rochester at 8 p.m. in the Williams Holiday Classic, while Brandeis travels to Clark on Thursday at 7 p.m.

• The Beavers are now 25-24 all-time against Brandeis.
• Tuesday's loss snapped a streak of 83 straight wins by Babson when scoring 75 or more points, a streak that extended all the way back to January 2009.
• The Beavers last overtime game prior to Tuesday came in the 2018 NEWMAC semifinals.
• Bonifacic has scored at least 20 points in three of Babson's first five games, while Bauman has scored in double figures in four straight outings.