January 3, 2010






Williamstown, MA—Babson College went on a 16-2 run to close its game with Rhode Island College on Sunday, rallying from an 11-point deficit, to post a 75-72 win in the opening contest of the 2010 Williams College Winter Classic. The Beavers improved to 8-2 with the win, while the Anchorwomen sank to 8-2.




            "By not putting the game out of reach when we had the chance, we allowed a very good Babson team back into the game and they took full advantage," RIC Head Coach Marcus Reilly said. "As a group, we understand that we need to defend with more intensity and more consistently than we did today if we want to continue to be successful."






Sophomore guard Stephanie Coro 




Babson’s first-year guard Allanah Wynn drained a 12-foot jumper from the baseline with 9.1 seconds remaining, giving the Beavers the lead at 73-72. After a missed three by RIC sophomore guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI), Babson’s Michelle Kenel hit two free throws with 1.1 seconds remaining to account for the final score.




Nicole Wuderman led Babson with 17 points while Kathleen King and Kristy Benoit each scored 12. Benoit scored all 12 of her points in the second-half.




Coro led all scorers with 20 points while senior guard Alice Mullen (Saunderstown, RI) added 14 for Rhode Island College. Coro’s driving basket to finish a fastbreak with 6:44 left in the game gave RIC a 70-59 lead.




After a Wurderman bucket from the paint cut that deficit to 70-65, Benoit came up with back-to-back baskets to bring Babson within one, first flipping in a baseline runner from eight feet, then hitting a lay-up off a pass from Wynn to finish another fastbreak.




Babson took its first lead since the 11:03 mark of the first half when Sarah Collins scored an offensive putback with 47 ticks left. Two free throws from sophomore guard Brittany Saccoccio (Glocester, RI) with 24 seconds remaining gave RIC a 72-71 lead and set up the finish.




RIC held a 43-37 edge at the halftime break. The Anchorwomen produced a 15-3 run that lasted just over 5 and ˝ minutes and turned an 18-18 battle into a 33-21 lead with 5:45 remaining. Mullen drained two of her three first-half treys during that run, while senior forward Jenn Knott (Narragansett, RI) added all five of her first-half points.




Wurdeman led Babson with 11 points over the first 20 minutes while Kathleen King added eight points and secured seven rebounds.



Rhode Island College will take part in the consolation game of the Williams Classic tomorrow afternoon at 5 p.m. vs. the hosts.