BABSON PARK, MA – There is a reason why the Babson College Beavers women’s basketball team is ranked fifth in the Division III NCAA national poll. Some of the reasons are due to their tremendous on target passing, shot selections and players that can outrebound opponents for multiple points in the paint.
Against Worcester Poly Tech on Saturday, the Beavers had absolutely no problem defending and scoring against the Engineers, as they not only earned their 21st victory of the season, but also, the top spot in the NEWMAC conference tournament, which will begin later this month.
“I think Babson’s a great team. They’re playing very well and I think they’re going to go far into the [NCAA] playoffs, so I hope they represent [the NEWMAC Conference] well,” said WPI head coach Cherise Galasso.
The Engineers jumped out to an early 10-9 lead in the first half, but the Beavers didn’t fall apart, yet instead, rebounded and finished the first 20-minutes with 37-points. A majority of those first half points were provided by junior forwards Kathleen King and Nicole Wurderman. In fact, both players combined for 43 of the 69-points recorded.
“It wasn’t really a team effort, but we decided to let Kathleen [King] be our point guard for a while there and she did a good job at it. She’s not afraid of anything. She stepped up to the plate, did a good job handling the ball. [Nicole] just rises to the occasion, ” said Babson head coach Judy Blinstrub.
In the second half, Babson denied any chances of a WPI comeback and held the Engineers to 13-points. The Beavers tallied 32-points during the final period and were perfect from the free throw line, connecting on all 10-shots.
“I thought Sarah Collins did a great a job [defending Elle Fontaine], she’s [a] phenomenal shooter [and] we had to put height on her. [Overall] I thought [WPI] really fought back and kept battling us. I thought [Siean Mamayek] did a really good job inside on us, so they’re a tough team and well coached and they do a good job,” said Blinstrub.
With the win, Babson not only remains undefeated, but also, they are [14-0] against conference opponents. While the Engineers may have had the opportunity to hand the Beavers their first loss of the season back in December of 2010, clearly, they looked like a different team that couldn’t contain Babson’s fast paced offense.
Babson appears to be the true frontrunner in this particular division, as well as team that could make a lot of “noise” in the NCAA Division III March Madness tournament.
“Every game I think [about losing our winning streak],” said Blinstrub. “I know we have a target on our back, but we’re just focusing game by game. We don’t try to think about the overall thing that way we come to play every time we walk in the gym.”
Babson has never had a women’s basketball team finish a regular season undefeated, but with only four games remaining the Beavers could certainly make history and finish [25-0].
“I don’t know [if we can finish the season undefeated]. We’ll see [and] take it day by day,” said Blinstrub.
(This article was written by Matt Noonan. Follow him and Noontime Sports on Twitter @NoontimeSports)