Weekend Preview: Women's Basketball vs. Fisher

Weekend Preview: Women's Basketball vs. Fisher

Women's Basketball vs. Fisher
Saturday, January 30 | 1 p.m.
Sunday, January 31 | 1 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson and Fisher will meet for the first time on Saturday afternoon inside Staake Gymnasium.

SCOUTING THE FALCONS
• Fisher (0-0) returns five players from a team that went 16-14 after falling in the quarterfinals of the Association of Independent Institutions Tournament.
• Senior Jennifer Rosales (1.9 pts, 3.0 reb) is the lone returning starter for the Falcons, who must replace their top three scorers.
• Junior Misha O'Neal (7.3 pts, 3.6 reb) was second on the team with 63 steals and classmate Shaniah Hazard (6.0 pts, 3.9 reb) shot 32.8 percent from beyond the arc.
• Fisher forced more than 20 turnovers per game and limited its foes to just 24.4 percent shooting from three-point range last winter.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (0-0) returns seven players from a team that went 18-8 and won its fifth consecutive NEWMAC regular season title in 2019-20.
• Despite the loss of three starters, the Beavers return sophomore Megan Bauman (12.7 pts, 4.0 reb, 3.6 ast), who shot 43.9 percent from the floor, and senior Nicole Hiller, who started the final 16 games and averaged 6.0 points and 3.3 boards.
• Senior Katie Jones contributed 4.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in 22 games, while sophomore Samantha Smith chipped in with 4.1 points and 2.9 boards in 26 games off the bench.
• The Green and White shot 42.1 percent and owned a +7.3 rebounding margin last winter.

MOVING UP THE CHARTS
• Babson head coach Judy Blinstrub begins her 37th season on Saturday ranked fifth among active coaches and 11th all-time in Division III with 662 wins.
• She needs just one more victory to pull into a tie for 10th place all-time with Nancy Funk, who amassed 663 wins over 40 years as the head coach at Messiah and Johns Hopkins.

NOTEABLE MILESTONES
• Bauman shot 91.7 percent (66-for-72) at the free throw line last winter as she set a new single-season program record and ranked second among all Division III players in free throw percentage.
• Hiller enters the year ranked 10th in program history with 60 three-point field goals. She needs just one to tie Marissa Cicchetti '16 for ninth place.

FAMILIAR FOES
• Although Babson and Fisher will meet for the first time this weekend, the Falcons did face four NEWMAC opponents last season.
• Fisher went 2-2 in those four contests, posting three-point victories over Wheaton (61-58) in January and Wellesley (44-41) in February in addition to suffering double-digit losses to MIT and Emerson.

OUT OF THE NORM
• This weekend's games against Fisher, which is part of the NAIA, marks the first time the Beavers have faced a non-Division III opponent since December 19, 2012, when it defeated Metropolitan University of Puerto Rico, 74-39, at the Puerto Rico Shootout.

HOW TO TUNE IN
• While no spectators will be allowed inside Staake Gymnasium, all home games will be streamed on the Babson Sports Network.

UP NEXT
• The Green and White will host Coast Guard on Saturday, February 6 at 1 p.m.

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