Women's Basketball Runs Away from Bryant & Stratton, 81-46

Women's Basketball Runs Away from Bryant & Stratton, 81-46

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Megan Bauman (East Lyme, Conn.) led four players in double figures with a season-high 21 points to help Babson College defeat visiting Bryant & Stratton College of Buffalo, 81-46, in women's college basketball action on Saturday afternoon inside Staake Gymnasium.

With the victory, Babson improves to 4-0 on the year. Bryant & Stratton is now 6-3.

Bauman went 6-of-8 from the floor and 7-of-9 at the free throw line to go along with four rebounds and three assists for the Beavers. Sophomore Samantha Smith (Greenfield, Mass.) finished with 14 points and game-highs of nine boards and five steals, senior Nicole Hiller (Rocky Hill, Conn.) contributed 11 points and seven rebounds, and classmate Katie Jones (Ridgewood, N.J.) added 10 points and four assists.

Junior Armoni Jordan (Lockport, N.Y.) finished with 13 points, four rebounds and three steals, while classmate Tealaya Huff (Buffalo, N.Y.) chipped in with nine points and three boards off the bench for the Bobcats.

Bauman and Smith combined for 11 points as part of a 13-0 game-opening run, and Jones scored the last of her seven points with 30 seconds left in the stanza to extend the Babson lead to 24-4. First-year Madison Odam (San Jose, Calif.) and Bauman made it 31-7 with a three-pointer apiece early in the second, and the Beavers responded to a 9-2 spurt by Bryant & Stratton with a 9-0 run to close the half.

Smith had five points during the spurt and Bauman found Jones for an open layup to make it 42-16 at the break. The Bobcats pulled within 44-23 on a triple by junior Rachel Bruneel (Parkland, Fla.) two minutes into the third quarter, but Bauman and Smith combined for seven consecutive points and sophomore Christina Costa (Weston, Mass.) drilled a three-pointer to push the Beavers' margin back to 54-25 with 3:01 to go in the period.

Up 30 after three, Odam and Hiller accounted for all the scoring as part of a 9-2 run that gave Babson its biggest lead of the contest at 70-33 with 7:24 remaining. Jordan scored nine of her 13 points over the final 6:02 for Bryant & Stratton, which shot 54.5 percent (6-of-11) in the fourth.

The Beavers shot 47.5 percent from the floor and outscored the Bobcats 42-18 in the paint and 19-9 at the free throw line. The Green and White also finished with a 41-33 edge on the glass while holding Bryant & Stratton to just 29.8 percent shooting for the game.

Babson returns to action next Saturday when it hosts New England College at 1 p.m., while the Bobcats take on Rochester on Thursday at 6 p.m.

GAME NOTES
• Saturday's meeting was the first in program history for the Beavers against Bryant & Stratton.
• Babson is off to its first 4-0 start since 2012-13.
• The Beavers dished out 20 assists for the third consecutive game.
• Babson has led at halftime in each of its four wins this winter.

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