Babson College, ranked no.22 overall in the latest D3hoops.com national poll, used a second half surge to fend off the Wheaton College women's basketball team, 59-42, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on "Blue Out Night" at Emerson Gymnasium.
Sophomore guard Kenzie Kuhn (Glenwood Springs, Colo./Glenwood Springs) scored 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting from the field (3-of-6 from three-point range), four assists, three rebounds and two steals. Senior forward Jana Jagodzinski (Old Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) contributed eight points, one rebound and one block. Freshman forward Kiley Shoemaker (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) added seven rebounds, a game-high five blocks and three points.
Senior forward Sarah Collins (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth)guided the Beavers to their 68th consecutive victory over conference competition with her seventh double-double in eight games. Collins posted a game-high 25 points on 11-for-21 shooting from the field and 15 rebounds (five offensive).
Sophomore guard Erin Young (Westwood, Mass./Westwood)drained five 3-point field goals and went 6-for-13 from the floor overall to compile 17 points in 18 minutes of action. Freshman guardBriana Hunt (Auburndale, Mass./Newton North) filled out the stat sheet with a game-high six steals, five rebounds, four assists and three points.
The Beavers posted a 37.5-percent mark from the floor, went 25.0-percent from long distance and 54.5-percent at the free throw line. Babson outrebounded Wheaton, 41-32, and outscored the hosts, 26-20, in the paint. The Lyons shot 33.3-percent from the field, 33.3-percent from three-point range and 71.4-percent at the line.
Babson jumped out to an 11-3 advantage at the 11:17 mark as Collins erased Wheaton's 3-2 lead with a jumper in the paint at 15:50 and Young capped the run with her first three-pointer of the night. The Lyons responded with a 10-3 run receiving four points from freshman forward Emily Romans (Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) and two points each from senior guard Gabby Barbera (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood), Jagodzinski and Kuhn.
Wheaton cut their deficit to as low as two points, 17-15, with 2:35 remaining on a layup by Jagodzinski before the Beavers closed out the stanza on a 6-2 run. Kuhn nearly sent the Lyons into the break down by just three points but her half-court buzzer beating three-point attempt circled inside the cylinder twice before falling out.
Trailing 29-22 with 16:52 remaining in the second half, Wheaton utilized an 8-2 run to shorten its gap to 31-30 at the 14:37 mark. Kuhn hit a pair of three-pointers including a buzzer beater from way beyond the left wing to put the game within one possession. The Beavers answered with a 10-1 run over the next seven minutes and 49-seconds of play and never looked back keeping their winning streak intact.
Wheaton (4-4, 2-2 NEWMAC) returns to action on Dec. 29 as the Lyons travel to York, Pa. for the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic with opening tip-off scheduled against the hosts at 6 p.m. Babson (8-0, 4-0 NEWMAC) heads to San Juan, Puerto Rico versus DePauw on Tuesday, Dec. 18.