#22 Babson Beats Bears

BABSON PARK, MASS.--(1/4/12)--Babson College used a 36-6 run to pull away from the visiting United States Coast Guard Academy en route to a 79-34 win in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.


With the victory, the Beavers, ranked 22nd in the nation by D3hoops.com, extended their league winning streak to 50 games while improving to 9-2 overall and 5-0 in the NEWMAC. Meanwhile, the Bears dipped to 4-5 overall and 0-5 in conference play.

Babson, which closed out the first half with a 13-4 run and then opened the second with a 23-2 burst, received a trio of double-doubles from its vaunted front court.

Senior captain Nicki Wurdeman scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, senior captain Kathleen King netted 18 points and pulled down 10 boards, and junior Sarah Collins chipped in with 10 points and 12 boards. King also contributed team-highs of seven assists and five steals for the Beavers, while Collins blocked five shots and recorded four steals.

Junior Allanah Wynn and sophomore Liz Trainor paced the Babson backcourt with three three-pointers apiece, with Trainor finishing with 10 points and Wynn adding nine points and four assists. The Beavers recorded 14 steals on defense while posting a commanding 52-31 advantage on the boards.

Coast Guard was led by sophomore Kaitlin Ward, who finished with 11 points and three steals, and freshman Dani Knox, who scored six points and collected a team-best 11 rebounds.

Freshman Brittney Zimmerman chipped in with seven points and four assists for the Bears, while freshman Jamie Waterman tacked on six points and five points despite battling foul trouble throughout the contest.

Neither team played well for the majority of the sluggish first half, which featured 23 total turnovers and only 37 combined points.

Leading by only four at 12-8 with less than 10 minutes remaining in the period, the Beavers closed the session with a 13-4 run that gave them a 25-12 lead at the break.

The hosts then put the game away with a dominating start to the second stanza, scoring 11 straight points as part of a 23-2 eruption that inflated their lead to 34 at 48-14. The Bears would get no closer than 31 the rest of the way as Babson coasted to the 45-point victory.