By Framingham State athletics
FRAMINGHAM – The nationally 12th ranked Babson College women’s basketball team defeated Framingham State, who were receiving votes in this week’s D3hoops.com Top 25 poll, by a score of 71-63 on Tuesday evening at Staake Gymnasium at Babson Park.
Framingham State is now 6-2 overall.
Babson remains undefeated at 7-0.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Framingham State jumped out to the first quarter lead up 18-10 on a Katty Haidul jumper late in the first but Babson converted twice from downtown to end the quarter with the Rams leading 18-16.
- After losing the lead midway through the second Flannery O’Connor tied the game back at 25 with just over four minutes to play in the half but the Beavers would roll off an 11-3 capped by a Samantha Smith lay-in to push their lead to 36-28. Krystalee Fernandez would hit the backend of her two free throws to send the teams to the break with Babson leading 36-29.
- Babson would keep their second half lead to right around ten for most of the half before leading as much at 15 with just under five minutes to play in regulation.
- The Rams would go on a 9-0 run capped by a Katherine Haselton jumper with just over two minute to play and cut their deficit to six points.
- The Rams called timeout, got the stop on the defensive end but couldn’t get the roll on the layup on the other end. Babson grabbed the board ran down some time on the clock and eventually converted their free throws to seal the victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Katelyn Mollica led Babson with 14 points on 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. Kelly Walsh added 13 points along with a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds from Smith.
- Katherine Haselton led all scorers with 17 points on 7-of-13 from the floor adding three boards and an assist. Katty Haidul and Flannery O’Connor both earned double-doubles. Haidul scored 11 points with 15 rebounds while O’Connor chipped in 10 points with 11 boards.
- Babson only shot 34% from the field and 33% from long range to the Rams 42% from the floor and 43% from downtown. The difference in the game was in turnovers, the Rams turned the ball over 17 times resulting in 18 Babson points. Babson also scored 11 second-chance points compared to only five for the Rams.
The Rams will host Curry College in non-league action on Thursday evening in Framingham.