BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Senior Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) notched a double-double effort of 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead four players in double figures, as host Babson overcame a 12-point third quarter deficit to post an 85-77 victory over UMass Dartmouth in the championship game of the Judy Pearson Memorial Tournament Monday afternoon at Staake Gymnasium.
After trailing by one (36-35) at the break, the Beavers (9-2) scored the first six points after intermission to take a five-point edge, but the visiting Corsairs (9-2) scored 14 of the game’s next 20 points to take a two-point cushion into the closing 3:57 of the third quarter. UMass Dartmouth then used a 9-0 run over a 92-second stretch to take its 12-point lead (61-49) on junior Kayla McMahon’s (Hanover, Mass.) lay-in, but Babson responded by netting the final seven points of the frame to close back to within five (61-56) heading into the fourth quarter.
Eight combined points by Ouimette, senior Tea Spellacy (Belchertown, Mass.) and junior Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) capped a 15-0 run that gave the Beavers a three-point cushion early in the final stanza, and after senior Danyel Gonzalez’s (Pawtucket, R.I.) free throw pulled the Corsairs back to within a bucket, Babson held the visitors to just two points over a 3:36 stretch as part of a decisive 7-0 run that built a double-digit advantage (78-65) with under three minutes remaining. Free throws by Tamulionis and Spellacy helped ice the Beavers’ triumph, as UMass Dartmouth got no closer than the final margin in the closing minutes of play.
Junior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) collected 19 points and nine rebounds in the win for the hosts, who received 18 points and seven rebounds from Spellacy. Tamulionis added 18 points (nine at the foul line) on the afternoon for Babson, which shot 43 percent (28-65) from the field overall (60 percent in the fourth quarter) and held a 25-16 scoring edge at the foul line for the contest. The Beavers also held a 43-39 rebounding advantage on the afternoon and converted 14 offensive rebounds into 17 second chance points.
Freshman Jordan Moretti (Johnston, R.I.) led all scorers with a career-high 25 points (including a trio of three-pointers), six rebounds and five steals in the setback for UMass Dartmouth, as she earned a spot on the all-tournament team for her efforts. Senior Nakira Examond (New Bedford, Mass.) became the Corsairs’ all-time leading scorer on a fourth quarter free throw as part of 16 point performance, as she passed Alicia Kutil ’18 with 1,396 points. Examond added five rebounds and a pair of blocks for the visitors, who also received nine points, six rebounds, six assists and a pair of steals from junior Ashley Brown (New Bedford, Mass.) as well as nine points and four boards from McMahon. Freshman Shaelyn Carreiro (Fall River, Mass.) notched seven points and seven rebounds for UMass Dartmouth, which received six points, seven caroms, six assists and three steals from senior Jess Korzec (West Brookfield, Mass.). The Corsairs shot 41 percent (28-69) from the floor and scored 46 points in the paint on the day, as the visitors converted 21 Babson turnovers into 25 points.
UMass Dartmouth heads to Weston, Mass. on Thursday evening to take on Regis in a non-league outing that tips-off at 6:00 pm, while Babson travels to Worcester, Mass. on Saturday afternoon to square off with Clark in a New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference clash that tips-off at 1:00 pm.
(Photo Credit: Mikayla Seavey)