Bears Fall at Nationally Ranked Babson
BABSON PARK, Mass.-- Babson College senior captain Sarah Collins became just the fifth player in program history to grab 1,000 career rebounds as she led the Beavers to a 75-36 victory over the visiting United States Coast Guard Academy in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.
Ranked 20th in the country by D3hoops.com and 18th by USA Today, Babson (15-2 overall, 10-0 NEWMAC) used a 14-2 run early in the game to race out to a 20-6 advantage. Five different players scored during the burst, with freshman Megan Otto accounting for four and sophomore Erin Young netting three.
The Beavers eventually increased the lead to 25 (39-14) at the break, and Coast Guard never threatened in the second stanza as the hosts cruised to the 75-36 win.
Collins finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds, with her final bucket coming off the offensive glass at 13:25. It was her 11th board of the contest and 1,000th of her career, as she joined Nicki Wurdeman '12, Kathleen King '12, Michele Merten '95, and Joanne Choate '90 as the only women's players in Babson history to eclipse the mark.
Otto added a career-high 13 points in the win for the Beavers, while sophomore Brianna Hunt tacked on 12 points. Collins also blocked six shots while securing her Division III- leading 14th double-double of the season.
Coast Guard (6-9 overall, 4-6 NEWMAC) received a team-high 10 points to go with six rebounds from freshman Victoria Sutherland and six points and a season-high 10 boards from junior Kaitlin Ward.
Coast Guard is back in action on Wednesday in a key NEWMAC game at Wheaton at 8 p.m.