DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Tournament Most Valuable Player Emily Farrell (New Fairfield, Conn.) scored 18 points, including the game-winning jumper with 1:15 remaining, to lead Western New England to a 57-55 victory over Babson in the championship game of the 22nd Annual UMass Dartmouth Lafrance Hospitality Tournament Sunday afternoon at the Tripp Athletic Center. The host Corsairs claimed third place in the event with a 59-44 triumph over Union in the consolation game.
Western New England (3-1) built a nine-point (36-27) halftime advantage on the strength eight points each from Farrell, senior Courtney Carlson (Woodbury, Conn.) and junior Julia Quinn (Thomaston, Conn.), and the Golden Bears extended their edge to 13 points (42-29) on senior Meghan Orbann’s (East Hampton, Conn.) jumper midway through the third quarter. Babson (1-1) closed the frame on a 19-9 run to slice its deficit to three heading into the final 10 minutes of action, and the Beavers pulled to within one on freshman Samantha Smith’s (Greenfield, Mass.) lay-in 39 seconds into the fourth stanza.
The two squads traded baskets before settling into a three minute scoring lull that was broken by Babson senior Katherine Tamulionis’s (Foxboro, Mass.) game-tying three-pointer that evened matters at 55-55 with 2:13 to play, but Farrell gave Western New England the lead for good on a left side jumper two possessions later. The Golden Bears missed a pair of free throws in the closing seconds that gave the Beavers a chance to tie or win the game on the final possession, but a last second jumper sailed wide to close out the contest.
Farrell added eight rebounds and five assists while playing all 40 minutes in the win for Western New England, which received 11 points from Quinn along with eight points and three rebounds each from Carlson and senior Alyssa Stefanelli (Chicopee, Mass.). The Golden Bears shot 39 percent (23-59) from the field and held a 37-28 edge on the glass for the afternoon.
Senior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the setback for Babson, which received 11 points and six assists from freshman Megan Bauman (East Lyme, Conn.) along with 10 points, five assists and four boards from Tamulionis. The Beavers shot 47 percent (25-53) from the field but were outscored by an 8-2 margin at the foul line on the day.
Senior Ashley Brown (New Bedford, Mass.) and sophomore Jessica Carroll (Deep River, Conn.) each scored 12 points in UMass Dartmouth’s (3-1) third place game triumph, as Brown added six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Sophomore Jordan Moretti (Johnston, R.I.) netted 11 points and grabbed six boards for the Corsairs, who received 11 points off the bench from junior Lauren Empey (Middleboro, Mass.). Sophomore Shaelyn Carreiro (Fall River, Mass.) grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds in the win for the hosts, who used a 20-6 second quarter scoring surge to grab at 36-22 edge at the break.
Sophomore Amber Raisner (West Hartford, Conn.) scored 11 points and recorded four steals in the third place setback for Union (1-2), which received seven points, nine rebounds and three steals from senior Elly Vaughan (Milton, Mass.). Freshman Megan Lee (Neenah, Wis.) collected eight caroms for the Dutchwomen, who shot 29 percent (17-57) from the field that included a 3-20 clip from behind the arc.
Farrell was joined on the all-tournament team by Quinn, Bonifacic, Brown and Union sophomore Anna Metcalf (Rumford, R.I.).
UMass Dartmouth heads to Bridgewater, Mass. on Tuesday evening to take on Bridgewater State in a non-league outing that tips-off at 7:00 pm.
(Photo Credit: Kris Jean-Francois '23)