Springfield, Mass. -- January 7, 2010 -- Becky Bowman scored 20 points and Nicole Wurdeman added 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead their Babson College women's basketball team to a 77-54 victory over Springfield College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference game this evening at SC's Blake Arena.
With the win, Babson raises its overall record to 9-3, and remains unbeaten in league play at 5-0. Springfield falls to 4-8 overall, and 2-3 in the NEWMAC.
The Beavers had two others score in double figures in this game. They include freshman forward/center Sarah Collins (Weymouth, Mass.) with 12 points (and 11 rebounds), and sophomore forward Kathleen King (Framingham, Mass.) with 10 points (and 5 rebounds). In addition, sophomore guard Michelle Kenel (Rockaway Beach, N.Y.) scored 9 points.
For Springfield, two players scored 16 points each. They were sophomore guard Kelly Murphy (Mechanicville, N.Y.) and freshman guard Meghan Biondolillo (Levittown, N.Y.). No other member of the Pride scored more than 5 points.
It was a game where Babson never trailed and was in control from start to finish, although it was only a five-point difference with 9:23 to go after SC freshman guard Briana Freymuth (Bolton, Conn.) made the second of two free throws. It was an 11-point game with 5:18 left after two free throws were cashed in by Murphy, closing it to 62-51 in favor of Babson.
But after that, the Beavers ended the game with a 15-3 run to put it out of reach.
Bowman, a junior guard from Melrose, Mass., scored 11 of her 20 points in the first half, as Babson fashioned a 36-28 lead at the break. Wurdeman, a sophomore center from Rowley, Mass., scored 9 of her 18 points and was credited with 7 of her 12 rebounds in the second half.
A real difference came in the "points in the paint" category as Babson scored 42 points to Springfield's 22. Points off turnovers also proved to be a difference as Babson counted 26 points to SC's 9 in that category. SC turned it over 20 times to Babson's 14. The Beavers also outrebounded the Pride, 49-33.
Both teams wil continue conference play on Saturday. Babson will travel to Mount Holyoke for a 2 pm start. Springfield will host Wellesley at 1 pm.