Weekend Preview: Unbeaten Women's Hoops Set to Face New England College

Weekend Preview: Unbeaten Women's Hoops Set to Face New England College

Women's Basketball vs. New England College
Saturday, February 20 | 3:30 p.m. | Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.
Sunday, February 21 | 1 p.m. | Bridges Gym | Henniker, N.H.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson and New England College will meet for the first time on Saturday.

SCOUTING THE PILGRIMS
• New England College (0-0) returns nine players from a team that won its second consecutive NECC Tournament title and finished at 21-7 overall after falling to Ithaca in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
• Despite the loss of leading scorer Rene Hudson the Pilgrims returners are highlighted by junior Brianna Pierreval (8.0 pts, 4.8 reb), who shot 51.1 percent from the floor.
• Fellow Kayla Goldring (7.6 pts, 5.6 reb) led the team in rebounding, while classmate Asia Jones averaged 6.6 points in 24 starts.
• New England College forced 22.3 turnovers per game and owned a +11.5 rebounding margin last season.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (4-0) remained unbeaten with an 81-46 victory over Bryant & Stratton of Buffalo last Saturday.
• Sophomore Megan Bauman poured in a season-high 21 points to lead four players in double figures for the Beavers, who opened the game with a 24-4 run.
• First-year Kelly Walsh (14.3 pts, 5.8 reb, 3.5 ast) is shooting 51.3 percent from the floor, Bauman (13.5 pts, 5.8 ast, 4.3 reb) is 6-of-9 this season from three-point range, and sophomore Samantha Smith is contributing 13.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and a team-high 2.5 steals.
• The Green and White ranks fifth in Division III holding its opponents to just 28.3 percent shooting on the year.

STARTING FAST
• The Beavers are averaging 21.8 points in the first quarter this season and have built double-digit leads after the opening period in three of their first four contests.
• The Green and White is shooting 45.1 percent from the floor and 52.4 percent (11-of-21) from long distance in the first quarter on the year.

CONTROLLING THE GLASS
• Senior Nicole Hiller, who is averaging a team-high 8.5 boards, is one of six players pulling down better than four rebounds per game thus far.
• Smith led the team with nine rebounds in last Saturday's win over Bryant & Stratton, while sophomore Jade Perry, who matched her season high, and Hiller both pulled down seven caroms.
• Babson enters the weekend series against the Pilgrims ranked 25th in Division III with a +9.8 rebounding margin.

HEADING BACK HOME
• Sunday's contest in Henniker will be a homecoming of sorts for Walsh, who hails less than 30 minutes away from the New England College campus in Goffstown, N.H.

PLENTY IN COMMON
• Despite never meeting, Babson and New England College shared five common opponents last season.
• Both the Beavers and Pilgrims defeated Coast Guard and Wellesley along with losing to Trinity. The Green and White defeated also defeated both Smith and Ithaca, while New England College suffered double-digit losses to both foes.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• Babson ranks seventh in Division III dishing out 19.8 assists per game.

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

UP NEXT
• Babson will play host to Connecticut College on Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28 at 1 p.m.

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