Women's Hoops Pulls Away from Fisher, 70-35

Women's Hoops Pulls Away from Fisher, 70-35

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Samantha Smith (Greenfield, Mass.) scored a career-high 20 points to help Babson College defeat visiting Fisher College, 70-35, in non-conference women's basketball action on Sunday afternoon inside Staake Gymnasium.

With the win, Babson improves to 2-0 on the year, while Fisher drops to 0-2.

Senior Katie Jones (Ridgewood, N.J.) finished with 11 points and two steals and first-year Kelly Walsh (Goffstown, N.H.) chipped in with 11 points and four assists for the Beavers. Senior Nicole Hiller (Rocky Hill, Conn.) led all players with 11 rebounds, while sophomore Megan Bauman (East Lyme, Conn.) contributed nine points and a game-high six assists.

Junior Misha O'Neal (Tampa, Fla.) led the Falcons with 12 points, five rebounds and five steals. Classmate Shaniah Hazard (Providence, R.I.) added eight points and seven boards in the loss.

Trailing 7-6 after a three-pointer by Fisher senior Laura Brunet (Byron, Mich.) midway through the first quarter, the Green and White ripped off a 16-4 run to seize control of the game. Smith followed a pair of free throws by Jones with a three-point play and Walsh drained a triple in transition to give the Beavers a 14-7 lead. Sophomore Christina Costa (Weston, Mass.) canned a three-pointer from the right corner, classmate Jade Perry (Auburn, Maine) scored inside and first-year Madison Odam (San Jose, Calif.) knocked down another trifecta to extend the margin to 22-9 in the closing seconds of the quarter.

Babson used a 9-2 run late in the second to lead 35-19 at the half and then limited the Falcons to just 2-of-19 shooting in the third. Jones, who sank two free throws and set up layups by Smith and Bauman late in the frame, buried a three-pointer and followed up a transition bucket by Smith with a layup to cap a 15-0 burst that put the Beavers in front 58-25 with 6:52 to play in the game.

The Green and White grabbed its biggest lead of the game at 70-33 on a put back by first-year Nihanika Noel (Southborough, Mass.) with a little more than three minutes remaining.

Babson shot 41.3 percent from the floor and outscored Fisher 36-16 in the paint. The Beavers also held a 56-42 edge on the glass while limiting the Falcons to just 20.5 percent shooting for the game.

The Beavers are set to travel to UMass Dartmouth on February 10, while Fisher will visiting NVU-Johnson next Sunday.

• Babson is now 2-0 all-time against Fisher.
• The Beavers recorded assists on 20 of their 26 field goals in Sunday's win.
• Head coach Judy Blinstrub passed Nancy Funk, who coached at Messiah and John Hopkins, for 10th on the Division III all-time wins list with her 664th career victory.
• Saturday and Sunday's games against NAIA Fisher were Babson's first against a non-Division III opponent since 2012.