Riis-Fallica Scores Career-High in Loss to Babson

Zoe Riis-Fallica
Zoe Riis-Fallica

New London, Conn.-- Coast Guard women's basketball falls to Babson in a 75-62 setback at home on Saturday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play. Coast Guard drops to 4-11 on the season and 3-4 in conference action, while Babson improves to 13-2 overall and 7-1 in the NEWMAC.

Zoe Riis-Fallica scored a career-high 21 points to lead all Coast Guard players. She was 8-16 from the field and 5-8 from behind the arc, and also tallied three assists. Micaela Martinelli had 20 points for Coast Guard as she went 9-14 from the field and 2-5 from three point range. Breanna Wood had a game-high 10 rebounds and also added five points for the Bears.

Babson was led by Katherine Tamulionis with 21 points. Payton Ouimette had 16 points, including a layup that marked 1,000 career points for the senior. Emily Bonifacic and Téa Spellacy had 13 points each for the Beavers.

Tamulionis had 11 points in the first quarter to lead Babson to a 22-20 advantage in the first quarter. Ouimette opened the second quarter with a jumper at 8:25 to extend Babson's lead 24-20. Riis Fallica answered by sinking a three pointer to bringt the Bears within one. Wood made a free throw to tie the game 24-24 at 6:47. Riis-Fallica and Martinelli both scored back-to-back threes in the final two minutes of the second quarter to help Coast Guard take a 35-34 lead heading into halftime.

Babson took control of the game in the third quarter, outscoring the Bears, 24-9. Spellacy led the Beavers in the third with eight points. Ouimette scored her 1,000th career point at 4:06 when she made a layup to extend Babson's lead, 50-35.

Coast Guard had an 8-4 run in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 11 but Babson continued to extend their lead to take the 75-62 final in their second meeting of the season.

Coast Guard shot 47.2% (25-53) from the field as Babson shot 43.8% (28-64). The Bears were 40.9% (9-22) from three point range and Babson was 35.7% (5-14). Babson held a 42-28 advantage in rebounds.

Coast Guard will host Clark University on Wednesday, January 16 at 7:00 PM in NEWMAC play.