Score: Emerson 66, Babson 52
Records: Emerson Lions (12-8, 6-5 NEWMAC) ; Babson Beavers (17-3, 10-2 NEWMAC)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)
Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019
The Lead: Junior Quinn Madden (Mokena, Ill.) anchored the Emerson women's basketball team with a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds followed by two more double digit efforts from senior Charlie Boyle and sophomore Sam Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) to push the Lions past Babson, 66-52, for the first time since 2014 in NEWMAC play. The win also breaks the Beavers' 15 game winning streak.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Madden stuffed her stat line with a double-double of 13 boards and 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting to go with four assists and a pair of steals.
- C. Boyle joined with 12 points followed by S. Boyle putting up 10 points, four assists and two steals and sophomore Rachel Davey (Saratoga, Calif.) also handing out four assists.
- Babson also boasted three players with double digits with both Payton Ouimette and Emily Bonifacic each canning 13 as Ouimette completed a double double with 13 boards and Bonifacic handed out four assists.
- Emerson finished the night shooting 42.1% (24-57) and saw 40.9% (9-22) of its three's fall, while Babson shot 19-of-60 from the floor (31.7%).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Emerson cashed in the opening quarter's first six of eight points to jump out to an 6-2 lead over Babson before the Beavers used a pair of jumpers from Spellacy and Bonifacic to pull within two (8-6) at 6:59.
- Kickstarted on a top of the key three from junior Kate Foultz (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) at 5:43, the Gray & Purple outscored the Beavers 14-4 over the next four minutes, extending the hosts lead into double figures (22-10).
- Ouimette connected for the quarter's final four points as the Beavers inched back into a single deficit at eight (22-14).
- Emerson held Babson to shooting 38.5% in the second and outscored the Beavers 18-12 to put the home team up by 14 at the half.
- Much of the second frame's scoring was done within the first four minutes when Emerson maintained a six point edge after Madden turned a quick half court steal into a layup at 6:19.
- After Madden's trey, the defenses went to work and kept each other off the board over the next two and a half minutes when C. Boyle banked a layup at 2:44 (31-23).
- A trip to the free throw line and a layup from Nichole Hiller pushed Babson back to within five with 1:38 on the clock (31-26) as Emerson found the bottom of the net three times from the arc to give the hosts its biggest lead (40-26).
- It took 5:27 for Emerson to get its first basket of the third, thus allowing Babson to erase its double digit deficit and narrow the Lions' advantage down to six on Bonifacic's trey at 5:42 (40-34).
- Emerson held on its lead of nine before once again bumping Babson back into a double digit hole (50-39) as the Beavers clawed back within eight with 33 seconds in the third on three point by Bonifacic to put the score at 50-42.
- Elizabeth Lane nailed an open three on the right wing 26 seconds into the fourth as Emerson's deficit chiseled down to five (50-45).
- The Lions pieced together a 9-3 streak, capped on a triple from S. Boyle, that was enough to push Emerson back in front by 11 with 2:56 remaining in regulation.
- After Boyle connected for the three, Emerson took four trips to the foul stripe to lock up its first win over Babson in a 66-52 victory.
- Emerson stays at Brown & Plofker this coming Saturday, February 2 hosting Coast Guard at 1:00 p.m.
- Babson is also in home action on Saturday afternoon and will welcome WPI at 2:00 p.m.
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