December 9, 2011

No. 16 Babson knocks off Wheaton, 82-42

BABSON PARK, Mass. - Junior Jeana Trimboli (Norwalk, Conn./Trinity Catholic) scored 13 points in Wheaton College's 82-42 loss to No. 16 Babson College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action Friday night at Staake Gymnasium.

Trimboli added four rebounds and three assists while freshman Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) added 12 points on 6-of-12 shooting for the Lyons, who slipped to 2-6 (1-3 NEWMAC). Senior Nicole Cullinane (Rindge, N.H./New Hampton School) contributed nine points and three steals for the Lyons, and freshman Kenzie Kuhn (Glenwood Springs, Colo./Glenwood Springs) tossed in eight points off the bench.

Babson senior captain Nicki Wurdeman (Rowley, Mass.) scored 21 of her game-high 22 points in the first half and junior Sarah Collins (Weymouth, Mass.) added a double-double for the Beavers, who improved to 7-1 on the season and 4-0 in the conference. Wurdeman's game-high 22 points came on 8-of-12 shooting from the field and 5-of-7 from the free throw line. The two-time All-American also added seven rebounds, four steals, and three blocked shots in the win. Collins, meanwhile, 19 points, a game-high 15 boards, six assists, three steals, and three blocks.

Babson opened the game on a 7-0 run and built an 11-point advantage (16-5) less than five minutes into the contest. Wheaton trailed by the same margin (18-7) before a lay-up by Cullinane and a three by Trimboli cut its deficit to just six (18-12) with 13:20 left in the first half.

Junior Allanah Wynn (Quincy, Mass.) answered by draining a three-pointer, and Wurdeman followed with six-straight points as the Beavers surged out to a 27-12 lead at the 10-minute mark. The Beavers extended their lead to 16 on three separate occasions and finished the half with six-straight points to take a 42-21 advantage into the break. Trimboli and Cullinane led Wheaton with eight and seven points, respectively.

Babson scored the first eight points of the second half to stretch its lead to 50-21, and never let the lead dip below 26 points the rest of the way.

The Lyons return to action on Dec. 20 when they face Elizabethtown in the first of two games in Puerto Rico at 11 a.m. Babson heads north to face Wisconsin-Stout in the first round of the Huskies Invitational Tournament at the University of Southern Maine on December 30.  

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