The Babson College Beavers (28-0) and the SUNY Geneseo Blue Knights (26-3) advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball tournament tonight at the Carl Schrader Gymnasium on the campus of SUNY Geneseo. The teams will play at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 5 for the right to advance to the Sweet 16.
Babson College (78), Medaille College (58)
The Babson College Beavers (28-0) advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball tournament with a 78-58 win over the Medaille Mavericks (22-5) in the Carl Schrader Gymnasium at SUNY Geneseo tonight.
Junior Kathleen King (Framingham, Mass.) 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. Junior Nicki Wurdeman (Rowley, Mass.) had her 10th double-double of the year with 18 points and 10 boards for the Beavers and senior Damisi Adewumi (Bronx, N.Y.) scored 12 of her 19 points in the first half as Babson shot a blistering 32-58 (55.2%) 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 three-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 (Leominster, Mass.) 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 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 (Amherst, N.Y.). "Medaille showed what a great team they are by battling back in the second half, but fortunately we were able to overcome some of our mistakes and hold on for the win," Blinstrub added.
Freshman Joelle Pollak (Kenmore, N.Y.) came off the bench to score 12 points to lead Medaille and senior Amanda Sahhar (Orchard Park, N.Y.) scored 11 points with 13 rebounds. Smiley finished with 11 points and senior Kacie Mills (Buffalo, N.Y.) finished with 10 points and six assists.
Geneseo (62), DeSales (51)
The Geneseo Blue Knights (26-3) advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball tournament with a 62-51 win over DeSales University (19-9) in the Carl Schrader Gymnasium at SUNY Geneseo tonight.
Senior Khadija Campbell (Middletown, N.Y.) scored 13 of her 15 points in the first half and sophomore Melissa Graham (Orchard Park, N.Y.) added 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists, including 5-6 from the line in the final 47 seconds to pace the Blue Knights. Senior Alyssa Polosky (Endicott, N.Y.) contributed 11 points, six rebounds and three blocks and Geneseo held the Bulldogs to 2-18 from the arc.
In the first half, Geneseo opened a 9-2 lead over the first 3:32, capped by a layup by Campbell. The Knights extended their lead to 11 points on a pair of free throws by Polosky with 8:36 to go before gaining the 13-point bulge at intermission. The Blue Knights made 10-12 from the charity stripe in the opening stanza, while DeSales hit 9-9 free throws, but only 1-10 from long range. "The atmosphere in the gym was tremendous and really fueled our play right from the opening tip," Geneseo head coach Scott Hemer said.
Geneseo opened the second half on a 8-4 run to open their largest lead at 49-32 with 12:46 to play on a three-pointer by senior Brittany Finkle (Windsor, N.Y.). Freshman Sondrine Glovas (Easton, Pa.) scored seven points in a 17-5 run as DeSales responded to close within five at 54-49 with 3:07 remaining, but another long-range shot by Finkle with 2:37 to play sealed the contest. "We lost some of our passion on the glass in the second half," explained Hemer. "(Junior Cherelle) Simmons was a player we spent a great deal of time talking about, but her athleticism made her very difficult to contain."
Simmons (Lancaster, Pa.) paced the Bulldogs with 15 points and 12 rebounds on 7-12 shooting, Glovas finished with 14 points and senior Lori Lidlow (Toms River, N.J.) hit 6-6 from the line on her way to 10 points.