Women’s Basketball Overpowers New England College, 90-24

Women’s Basketball Overpowers New England College, 90-24

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Katie Jones (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored a career-high 21 points to lead five players in double figures as Babson College rolled past visiting New England College, 90-24, in women's basketball action on Saturday inside Staake Gymnasium.

With the victory, Babson improves to 5-0 on the year while New England College is 0-1.

Sophomore Samantha Smith (Greenfield, Mass.) finished with 15 points and seven rebounds, classmate Megan Bauman (East Lyme, Conn.) added 14 points and seven assists, and senior Nicole Hiller (Rocky Hill, Conn.) chipped in with 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting for the Beavers. First-year Elyse Flannery (Round Lake, N.Y.) scored 10 points and sophomore Jade Perry (Auburn, Maine) matched her career high and led all players with 10 boards.

Junior Ericka Pratt (Miami, Fla.) scored eight points and classmate Mariah Thomas (Cypress, Texas) finished with six points and eight rebounds to lead the Pilgrims, who shot just 14.5 percent.

Leading 5-3 just over two minutes into the first quarter, the Green and White pulled away with a 28-1 run that spanned nearly 10 minutes. Smith and Bauman combined for nine of the next 13 points, first-year Kelly Walsh (Goffstown, N.H.) drained two free throws, and Jones followed with back-to-back hoops to make it 24-4 with 1:35 left in the opening period.

Perry canned a jumper in transition and set up a bucket by Hiller to end the first, and the Beavers got a triple from Bauman and two free throws from Smith to extend the margin to 33-4 with 7:53 to go in the second quarter. Babson, which led 47-10 at the break and opened the third with a 22-4 burst, led by as many as 68 late in the fourth.

Babson shot a season-best 56.9 percent from the floor and outscored New England College 50-6 in the paint. The Beavers also held a 47-28 edge on the glass and scored 32 points off of 27 Pilgrims' turnovers.

The teams will wrap up their two-game series on Sunday in Henniker, N.H. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.

• Saturday's matchup was the first between Babson and New England College.
• The 24 points allowed in Saturday's win are the fewest given up by the Beavers since a 65-23 victory over Wellesley on December 4, 2012.
• Babson has dished out at least 20 assists in four straight games and finished with a season-high 22 dimes in Saturday's win.
• The Beavers have outscored their first five opponents 115-43 in the first quarter.