Babson College ends Lions’ home win streak

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Kate Foultz scored 13 points while shooting a team high 40 percent from the field.

By Megan MacLaren

The women’s basketball team lost to Babson College by a score of 80-56, snapping the Lions’ six-game home winning streak.

The Lions now fall to sixth place in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference standings.

The Beavers scored 10 points off of the Lions’ 13 turnovers, and the Lions scored 13 points off of the Beavers’ 24 turnovers. The Lions committed 22 fouls on 10 different players, allowing 24 points from the free throw line.

The Lions committed 13 turnovers and 22 fouls throughout the game. Babson shot 50 percent from the field, while Emerson went 20-65 and had no players shoot above 40 percent.

“Our mindset has to change,” head coach Bill Gould said in a post-game interview. “We have to do a better job mentally, which will allow us to do a better job physically. This was a poor performance mentally, which caused us to lose the game.”

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The lead changed six times in the opening five minutes. Beavers’ senior forward Jacqueline Jozefick made a three-pointer with just over four minutes to go in the first quarter, expanding the Beavers’ lead to 12-8. Babson shot 8-15 from deep with seven different players making at least one three-pointer.

The Lions trailed by 16 points at halftime after shooting 21 percent from the field in the second quarter.

“I feel like we are really confident in our defense, and when we get on offense we just take at least one or two quarters to really get into it and find a rhythm,” junior forward Sam Boyle said in a post-game interview.

Three of Emerson’s starters scored in double figures, including Boyle, who scored 16 points and pulled down five rebounds.

All five of the Lions’ bench players played at least five minutes, scoring nine points. Freshman guard Chelsea Gibbons played 21 minutes and scored five points, while sophomore forward Katie Beckmann played 19 minutes.

“They did a nice job,” Gould said. “I always talk to the kids about building trust with a coach. Knowledge of what you are going to do in a given game, so any time you can get minutes and start to be consistent, it is a good thing for them.

The Lions play conference opponent Springfield College on Feb. 1 at home.