Beavers Improve to 6-0, Off to Best Start Since 2012-13
HENNIKER, N.H.—Sophomore Samantha Smith (Greenfield, Mass.) recorded her first career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds to help Babson College defeat New England College, 71-43, in women's basketball action on Sunday afternoon inside Bridges Gym.
With the win, Babson improves to 6-0 on the year. New England College, which won 21 games and reached the NCAA Tournament last winter, drops to 0-2.
First-year Kelly Walsh (Goffstown, N.H.) scored 14 points, while sophomore Jade Perry (Auburn, Maine) added 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots for the Beavers. Senior Nicole Hiller (Rocky Hill, Conn.) also recorded her first double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.
Junior Asia Jones (Boynton Beach, Fla.) scored a team-high 15 points and classmate Ericka Pratt (Miami, Fla.) added eight points and 10 rebounds to lead the Pilgrims.
Down 7-4 nearly four minutes into the contest, the Green and White got back-to-back three-pointers from Hiller and senior Katie Jones (Ridgewood, N.J.) as part of an 8-0 run to take the lead for good. Walsh canned another triple late in the first and Perry scored on consecutive possessions to extend the Beavers' lead to 25-12 with 5:36 to go in the second quarter.
Babson, which led by as many as 15 before settling for a 33-20 advantage at the break, used five points apiece from Smith and Walsh and four more from Perry to extend the margin to 52-30 in the closing seconds of the third. New England College got as close as 18 early in the fourth before the Beavers closed the game with a 16-6 spurt. Six different players scored during the run, which saw the Green and White go 7-of-10 at the free throw line.
The Beavers shot 40.4 percent from the floor and outscored the Pilgrims 32-22 in the paint and 17-8 off of turnovers. Babson also finished with a 50-39 edge on the glass while holding New England College to just 24.6 percent shooting.
Babson returns to action next Saturday when it hosts Connecticut College at 1 p.m.
• The Beavers are 2-0 all-time against New England College.
• In the two-game series against the Pilgrims, Smith averaged 16.5 points on 52.6 percent shooting to go along with 8.5 rebounds.
• Hiller has reached double figures in scoring in four consecutive games.
• Babson's 27 free throw attempts on Sunday matched a season high.