DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Western New England and Babson will meet for the title in the 22nd Annual UMass Dartmouth Lafrance Hospitality Tournament on Sunday afternoon, as the Golden Bears and Beavers advanced with respective opening round victories over the host Corsairs and Union Saturday evening at the Tripp Athletic Center
Senior Emily Farrell (New Fairfield, Conn.) scored 19 points and dished out eight assists as Western New England overcame an 11-point fourth quarter deficit to post an 88-83 overtime triumph over UMass Dartmouth, while senior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) scored 38 points on an 18-21 performance from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds in Babson’s 76-66 win over the Dutchwomen.
Western New England (2-1), which trailed 60-49 heading into the final 10 minutes of regulation, began the fourth quarter on a 17-6 run over the first 5:45 of action to even matters (66-66) on a three-pointer by senior Meghan Orbann (East Hampton, Conn.) with 4:15 to play. The host Corsairs (2-1) regained the lead on their next four possessions, the final coming on a jumper from senior Ashley Brown (Fairhaven, Mass.) with 1:07 remaining, but junior Lauren Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) knotted the score at 74-74 on a lay-in with 17 seconds left for Western New England. Brown’s potential game-winning three-pointer with seven seconds to go rimmed out, and the visitors quickly seized control in the extra session by scoring the first seven points of overtime and building their advantage to as much as 10 points in the final minute of play.
Senior Courtney Carlson (Woodbury, Conn.) added 18 points and four rebounds in the triumph for the Golden Bears, who hit 12 of their 16 shots in the final 15 minutes of action. Junior Julia Quinn (Thomaston, Conn.) netted 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals for Western New England, which received 10 points and eight boards from Orbann along with 10 points from junior Emily Scurka (Billerica, Mass.). The visitors shot 46 percent from the field and held a 46-35 edge on the glass for the contest.
Brown just missed a triple-double for the third straight game with 19 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists in the setback for UMass Dartmouth, which also received 19 points from sophomore Jordan Moretti (Johnston, R.I.) along with 12 points and four assists from senior Kayla McMahon (Hanover, Mass.). Junior Lauren Empey (Middleboro, Mass.) was also in double figures with 11 points and four boards for the Corsairs, who shot 47 percent from the field and connected for nine three-pointers.
Bonifacic erupted for 25 points after intermission to help Babson (1-0) overcome a four-point halftime deficit in its season opener, as the Beavers scored 12 of the final 13 points in the third quarter to grab a 62-55 advantage heading into the final frame. Union (1-1) crept back to within six on sophomore Anna Metcalf’s (Rumford, R.I.) lay-in with 6:49 remaining, but Babson held the Dutchwomen to just four points in the closing minutes to post their triumph.
Senior Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) added 14 points in the win for the Beavers, who shot 55 percent (35-64) from the field and held a 41-25 rebounding advantage. Metcalf and senior Joana Santos (Lisbon, Portugal) each had 11 points in the setback for Union, which also received 11 points and six boards from freshman Megan Lee (Neenah, Wis.) along with nine points from sophomore Amber Raisner (West Hartford, Conn.). The Dutchwomen shot 47 percent (28-60) from the floor and connected for seven three-pointers on the evening.
Sunday’s third place game between UMass Dartmouth and Union will tip-off at Noon, while the championship contest between Western New England and Babson follows at 2:00 pm.
(Photo Credit: Kris Jean-Francois '23)