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Women's Basketball Uses Big First-Half Run To Down MIT, 72-54

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Springfield, Mass. - January 30, 2010 - Kelly Slattery scored 21 points and her Springfield College women's basketball team used an 19-2 run over the final 5:51 of the first half to take control of the game as it defeated MIT, 72-54, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference contest on Saturday afternoon at Blake Arena.

With the win, the Pride is now 10-9 overall, 8-4 in the NEWMAC, and has won six of its last seven games. MIT falls to 4-14 overall, and 2-10 in league play.

Leading the way for the Pride was Slattery, a sophomore forward from Somers, Conn., who tallied 21 points and added seven rebounds and two blocks. She was also 10-for-12 from the floor, making her 20-of-22 from the floor in her last two home games.

Behind her were a pair of juniors who scored 11 points. Besides the 11 markers, center Amelia Sapowsky (Ware, Mass.) also had six rebounds, three blocks, two assists, and two steals. She was 5-for-8 from the field. Guard Abby Connors (Douglas, Mass.) also had 11 points, along with five rebounds and five assists. Sophomore guard Kelly Murphy (Mechanicville, N.Y.) scored nine points, with three rebounds and two assists.

For the Engineers of MIT, freshman guard Lauren Sascha Burton (Seattle, Wash.) was the only player in double figures with 15 points. She also led MIT in rebounds with six, and in assists with five. Two others scored nine points. They were freshman forward Anna Merrifield (Honolulu, Hi.) and freshman guard Aparna Sud (Wellesley, Mass.). And two more scored eight points. They were senior guard Sally Simpson (Minneapolis, Minn.) and freshman forward Stephanie Cooke (Lanoka Harbor, N.Y.).

Springfield got off to a good start in the first four minutes, taking an 11-5 lead on a Murphy lay-up with 16:06 left in the first half. But in the next five and a half minutes, MIT outscored the Pride, 18-7, for its best spurt of the contest. And with 10:41 left, following a Sud 3-pointer, MIT led 23-18. With 8:51 left, MIT still led by a count of 28-24 after a Simpson 3-pointer.

But this is when SC kicked it into a higher gear. The Pride outscored the Engineers, 18-2, in the final 5:51 to take a 45-30 lead into the intermission. That stretch was culminated by a 3-pointer by freshman guard Colleen Dignum (Albany, N.Y.) with 16 seconds left.

Springfield had its best shooting half of the season, hitting 20-of-30 attempts for a .667 percentage. Meanwhile, the Engineers shot .333 on 11-for-33.

MIT scored the first five points of the second half, but a quick 10-0 run in a span of just 1:45 kept MIT at bay. Key shots in that run were 3-pointers by Murphy and freshman guard Meghan Biondolillo (Levittown, N.Y.) -- and SC led by 20 at 55-35 with 15:48 left. When Sapowsky hit a lay-up with 5:39 left, the Pride had its largest lead at 23 points (69-46).

Springfield shot .554 for the game (31-of-56 and its high for the season), while MIT shot .313 (20-of-64). SC outrebounded MIT, 39-36. SC had seven blocks to MIT's none. MIT shot well from 3-point range (.450 at 9-of-20). SC's 31 field goals made were also a season-best.

The Pride will host WPI on Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm in yet another contest with important NEWMAC Tournament home-court implications.

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