Babson manhandles Medaille
King scored 13 of her game-high 20 points in the second half
GENESEO, N.Y. -- Babson advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament with a 78-58 win against Medaille in the Carl Schrader Gymnasium at SUNY Geneseo on Friday.
Junior Kathleen King scored 13 of her game-high 20 points in the second half and added a career-high 19 rebounds to post her 12th double-double of the season to lead Babson (28-0). Junior Nicki Wurdeman had her 10th double-double of the year with 18 points and 10 boards for the Beavers and senior Damisi Adewumi scored 12 of her 19 points in the first half as Babson shot a blistering 32-58 (55.2 percent) for the contest.
Babson used a 10-2 run early in the first half to take a 14-6 lead with 15:11 remaining on a 3-point field goal by Adewumi. The Beavers led by as many as 21 points in the first stanza at 41-20 on a layup by senior Amanda Grammel with 1:27 to play and settled for a 41-24 lead at the intermission.
“I thought the way we played in the first half was key,” head coach Judy Blinstrub said. “This is a high-pressure environment and I felt like out tournament experience and composure really helped us set the temp early on.”
In the second half, Babson opened a 28-point lead at 52-24 on a jumper by King, but the Mavericks (22-5) used a full-court press to cut the deficit to 15, their closest margin, at 60-45 with 10:34 to play on a layup by freshman Bianca Smiley.
Freshman Joelle Pollak came off the bench to score 12 points to lead Medaille and senior Amanda Sahhar scored 11 points with 13 rebounds. Smiley finished with 11 points and senior Kacie Mills finished with 10 points and six assists.
Babson will face the winner of Friday’s second game between the DeSales University Bulldogs and the host SUNY Geneseo Blue Knights on Saturday at 7 p.m.