No. 5 Babson remains perfect
A 60-18 advantage in the paint pushed Beavers to 44-point win
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – Led by forwards Damisi Adewumi, Nicki Wurdeman and Kathleen King, fifth-ranked Babson topped Mount Holyoke 95-51 Saturday afternoon at the Mildred S. Howard Gymnasium. The trio combined for 71 points and 25 rebounds, as the Beavers improved to 25-0 and finished a perfect regular season.
For the second consecutive year, Babson posted an 18-0 mark in league play, and including tournament games, it has racked up 43 consecutive wins against NEWMAC foes.
Saturday’s win clinched just the sixth perfect regular-season in Babson athletics history, and the first of at least 20 games. Previous unbeaten regular seasons include the men’s soccer program in both 1973 (14-0-0) and 1975 (13-0-1), women’s tennis in 1983 (14-0), women’s soccer in 1992 (15-0-1) and men’s tennis in 1997 (11-0). Of those teams, only women’s tennis in 1983 and the national champion men’s soccer team of 1975 (17-0-1) finished the year undefeated.
Babson sizzled from the floor, converting 59.0 percent (36 of 61) of its attempts. The Beavers finished with an overwhelming 60-18 advantage in the paint and outrebounded Mount Holyoke 41-22. The 95 points were a season high.
Adewumi was nearly unstoppable for the guests. In addition to pouring in 21 points on 9 of 11 shooting from the floor, she also pulled down a game-best 14 rebounds to complete the double-double, the first of her two year career at Babson. The forward dished out a game high seven assists. Wurdeman racked up 28 points, while King added 22.
Eleven players scored points for Mount Holyoke, which converted 37.0 percent (20 of 54) of its shots from the field and drained six 3-pointers. Sophomore guard Angelica Pascual connected on four shots from beyond the arc en route to a 20-point performance. The Lyons also received a boost from sophomore guard Jasmine Brown, who scored seven points off the bench.
Pascual recorded 14 of her 20 points in the first half to keep Mount Holyoke in the game. Her fourth trey of the day sliced the deficit to 30-21 at the 6:42 mark. The Lyons trailed 38-30 following a fast break layup by first year forward Jennine Vizcaino with just under three minutes remaining in the frame.
From there, Babson took over.
The Beavers closed out the half with eight consecutive points to open a 46-30 edge at the break. They then outscored Mount Holyoke 35-8 in the first 13 minutes of the second stanza to put things away. Adewumi registered 13 points after the intermission.