KEENE, N.H. – Babson College (1-0) defeated Saint Joseph's College (1-1), 81-64, in a non-conference women's basketball contest in the Keene State College Tip-Off Tournament on Friday night.
Juniors Kelsi McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) and Emily Benway (Rochester, N.H.) netted 13 points apiece while classmates Julia Champagne (Brunswick, Maine) and Hannah Marks (Waldoboro, Maine) both added 10 in a loss at the hands of the Beavers, who advanced to the NCAA DIII Tournament Sweet 16 last winter.
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In the first half, the Monks and Beavers posting shooting percentages that would be indicative of the halftime score, as St. Joe's was just 3-30 (10%) from the floor – including a 0-10 performance from three-point distance – while Babson posted a 48.3% (14-29) clip from the field and carried a comfortable 35-14 cushion into intermission.
In the end, the Beavers essentially sealed the Monks' fate by winning the second quarter by a 17-3 score.
Though ultimately unable to overcome the slow start, Saint Joseph's fared considerably better after the break with a 54.8% (17-31) field goal rate and outscored Babson by a 50-46 margin in the third and fourth frames combined.
Trailing 63-35 with nine minutes left in the fourth, the Monks mounted a 17-4 run to cut the Beavers' advantage down to 15 points (67-52) with 5:15 remaining, but the effort proved to be too late, as Babson regrouped following a timeout and did not allow St. Joe's to climb back into contention.
Babson junior forward Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) led all players with a double-double performance of 19 points and 11 rebounds.
The Beavers held the lead in rebounds (40-37), assists (19-8), points off turnovers (18-13), and bench points (28_16) while the Monks held a 14-13 edge in second-chance points.
With the loss, Saint Joseph's falls to 1-2 in the history of the matchup with Babson College, a team the Monks had not faced, before tonight's contest, since the 2000-01 season.
Saint Joseph's will face tourney-host Keene State in a consolation game at 1:00 PM while Babson takes on Framingham State in the invitational championship at 3:00 PM.
Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.