Mass College Hoops Recap: Babson 60, Wellesley 40

By Rory Duyon 

BABSON PARK, MA — The Babson Beavers are headed for their fourth straight NEWMAC championship game after a 64-40 win over the 4th seeded Wellesley College Blue on Saturday afternoon at Staake Gymnasium. Junior Sarah Collins led the charge with 20 points, 14 rebounds four assists and six blocks in 32 minutes.

The Beavers opened an early double digit lead with the help of a 12-0 run to make it 23-10 late in the first half, but poor ball protection allowed the Blue to hang around. 10 first half turnovers by Babson helped Wellesley close the gap to a 28-20 score at the half despite shooting 6-for-27.

Wellesley continued their cold shooting in the second half, but the Beavers struggled to take advantage until freshman Erin Young hit a pair of threes within 30 seconds to make it 41-25 with 14 minutes to go. Wellesley then struggled to net a few points following Young’s basket, but managed to tally 15 more before the buzzer sounded.

Babson senior Nicki Wurdeman finished  the game 14 points, 11 rebounds, six  assists and three blocks. Her 14 points brings her to within 12 points of becoming the first 2,000 point scorer in Babson history, too.

The Beavers will return to the hardwood on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 for the NEWMAC Championship game, and face either Smith College or WPI.

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