- Score: Babson College 50, MIT 46 (OT)
- Records: MIT (7-4, 3-1 NEWMAC); Babson (8-4, 4-0 NEWMAC)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
- The Lead: A three-pointer by Nicole Hiller with 1:14 remaining in overtime gave Babson College a lead it would not relinquish as it went on to defeat MIT, 50-46, in NEWMAC women's basketball action on Wednesday night. Payton Ouimette powered the Beavers with a game-high 19 rebounds and 15 points as junior Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) paced the Engineers with 14 points, 12 boards, and three assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The first half was a defensive battle until the final 2:15 of the second quarter. Layups by Emily Bonifacic and Katherine Tamulionis gave Babson its first lead of the game, 15-13, at the 1:50 mark. V'Dovec responded with a layup and a three-pointer; however, the Beavers capitalized on two Ouimette free throws and a Bonifacic layup to take a 19-18 edge at halftime.
- The visitors carried the momentum into the third quarter as Ouimette's put-back and a Tamulionis free throw created some breathing room during the first minute. The Engineers came within one point on two occasions, the last at 25-24 on junior Kara Holinski's (Livonia, Mich.) jumper with 7:20 on the clock. Babson replied by outscoring MIT, 10-5, to close out the quarter.
- Yuan's two free throws and a layup brought the hosts within 35-33 with 7:35 to go in the fourth frame. The score remained unchanged until Elizabeth Lane knocked down a three-pointer two minutes later. A layup from junior Kristen Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.) along with another Yuan free throw kept the Engineers within striking distance. A jumper by Lane set off an exchange of baskets until a jump shot by freshman Kylie Gallagher (Upton, Mass.) evened the score at 42 with 1:13 left to play.
- A steal by Ngan set up MIT's final attempt but V'Dovec could not connect from three-point range. Babson, meanwhile, saw Tamulionis's layup get blocked by Yuan with seven seconds left while Brenna LeGacy's jumper was off the mark.
- In the extra session, a layup by Yuan put the Engineers in front after 1:09 elapsed but two Ouimette free throws created the seventh tie of the game. MIT inched ahead, 46-44, on Yuan's layup midway through overtime, however, Hiller buried what proved to be her game-winning three-pointer in front of the Beavers' bench.
- Following a missed layup and turnover by the Engineers, Babson increased its cushion courtesy of a Tamulionis layup with 11 seconds remaining. A three-pointer by Yuan didn't fall as the rebound was hauled in by Bonifacic. With eight tenths of a second left, Bianca Tomassini was fouled and sank the second of her two free-throw attempts to secure the victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Yuan finished with 14 points, seven rebounds, and three assists while Gallagher totaled 10 points, eight boards, and two steals. Holinski bolstered MIT's defense with a game-high three steals.
- Bonifacic registered eight points and eight rebounds as Tamulionis contributed eight points and a game-high six assists.
- The Engineers had a 28-26 edge in points in the paint while the Beavers ended the night with advantages in field-goal percentage (33.3 – 28.8), rebounds (52-42), second-chance points (13-10), and bench scoring (21-0).
- This was the second consecutive meeting between both teams that resulted in overtime. Last season, a 7-2 run early in double overtime gave MIT the lead for good as it held on for a 78-74 victory at Babson Park.
- Both squads continue NEWMAC play on the road on Saturday, Jan. 6. MIT will travel to Clark University for a 3:00 p.m. start while Babson will visit Mount Holyoke College for a 1:00 p.m. tip off.