BABSON PARK, MASS.—Senior Taylor Russell (Braintree, Mass.) scored 23 points and sophomore Bianca Tomassini (North Branford, Conn.) added a career-best 21 points off the bench as Babson College defeated visiting Mount Holyoke College, 99-30, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Staake Gymnasium.
Babson is now 11-2 overall and 5-0 in league play, while Mount Holyoke slips to 2-9 overall and 0-5 in the NEWMAC.
Russell added eight rebounds and Tomassini finished 9-of-12 from the floor for the Beavers, who shot 45.2 percent for the game. Junior Julianna Rosenberg (Verona, N.J.) scored a career-high 10 points and sophomore Raven Brathwaite (Dorchester, Mass.), one of three players to score seven points, ripped down a game-high nine rebounds in the victory. Classmate Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) led all players with five assists.
Sophomore Leah Hodges (New Haven, Conn.) finished with nine points and six rebounds, while senior Xajaah Williams-Flores (Bronx, N.Y.) contributed six points, eight boards and a game-high four steals for the Lyons.
The Green and White made seven of its first 10 shots and used a 37-point first quarter to seize control of the game. Russell went 5-of-6 from the floor and the Beavers hit five three-pointers, including two by Tomassini, to build a 37-6 lead after 10 minutes.
Tomassini opened the second quarter with a jump shot, first-year Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) knocked down a pair of free throws, and Tomassini and sophomore Tea Spellacy (Belchertown, Mass.) drained consecutive three-pointers to push the Babson advantage to 47-11 less than four minutes into the stanza. First-year Vanessa Onwe (Tarrytown, N.Y.) hit two free throws and classmate Jacqueline Jozefick (Milford, Conn.) buried another triple to give the hosts a 54-13 lead at the break.
Russell and Rosenberg each scored eight points in the third quarter and Tomassini added 10 in the fourth as the Beavers led by as many as 69 with under four minutes remaining.
Both teams are back in action on Tuesday at 7 p.m. as Mount Holyoke travels to Wellesley, while Babson visits Coast Guard.