No. 18/22 Babson Defeats Wheaton, 70-50

No. 18/22 Babson Defeats Wheaton, 70-50

Vitagliano nets career-high 17 points

BABSON PARK, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's basketball team fell to Babson College, currently ranked no. 18 in the latest USA Today Top 25 Coaches' Poll and no. 22 in the poll, by a score of 70-50 on Saturday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action in Staake Gymnasium.

Senior guard Hallie Vitagliano (Newton, Mass./Newton) recorded a career-high 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting including a 4-for-7 performance from beyond the arc to go along with one rebound and one steal. Freshman forward Kiley Shoemaker (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) had eight points and four rebounds while sophomore forward Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) added five points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist.

For Babson, senior Sarah Collins (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth) notched a double-double with 16 points (7-for-11 from the field) and 11 caroms. Freshman forward Megan Otto (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) collected a game-high 17 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals. Classmate Kristen Ferola (Amherst, Mass./Amherst Regional) contributed nine points and four assists.

The Beavers opened up the game on a 14-1 run over a four minute and 18-second span as Collins fueled the offense with eight points. Otto registered four points while senior guard Allanah Wynn (Quincy, Mass./Milton Academy) finished a layup at 19:38 to start the scoring run.

Wheaton chipped away at its deficit bringing the game within eight points (19-11) at the 11:40 mark with a 10-5 spurt of its own. Vitagliano buried a pair of three-pointers at 14:03 and 11:40 to lead the Lyons offensively with six points during that stretch. Brickley converted 1-of-2 free throw shots at 18:24 and sophomore guard Laura Pierce (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) and junior guard Melissa McLaughlin (Spindale, N.C./R-S Central) added a bucket apiece.

Babson closed out the half with a 32-20 lead and never looked back pushing its lead to as many as 26 points (55-29) with 9:09 remaining in the contest. The Beavers shot 46.7-percent (28-for-60) from the field, 33.3-percent (3-for-9) from long range and 64.7-percent (11-for-17) at the free throw line. The Lyons connected on 34.7-percent (17-for-49) of its field goal attempts, 40.0-percent (6-for-15) from three-point range and 71.4-percent (10-for-14) at the line. Wheaton outscored Babson, 31-23, in points off of the bench. The Beavers held a 44-6 advantage in points in the paint and a 24-7 margin in points off of turnovers.

Wheaton (8-13, 6-8 NEWMAC) travels to Wellesley College on Wednesday, February 6 for a NEWMAC matchup at 7 p.m. Babson (19-2, 14-0 NEWMAC) hosts MIT on the same day at 6 p.m.