Norton, Mass. - February 6, 2010 - Meghan Biondolillo buried a three-pointer from the left wing as time expired to lift the Springfield College women's basketball team to a thrilling 59-56 victory over Wheaton College on Saturday afternoon. With the win, Springfield improves to 12-9, 10-4 and moves into a tie with Wheaton for second place in the league standings. Click here to see the game-winning shot.
The win marks Springfield's eighth win in its last nine contests.
Of Springfield's 59 points, 40 of them came from the duo of Abby Connors and Amelia Sapowsky, who each tallied 20 points in the win. Connors connected on all six of her three-point attempts, which was one off the program's all-time record for three-pointers in a game. The record was set in 1997 by Katrina Olmstead, who netted seven trifecta's against Southern Vermont.
Sapowsky finished with 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting to go along with eight rebounds and three blocks, while Kelly Slattery grabbed a game-best 12 boards.
Senior Jenny Champney provided 13 points and eight rebounds in the loss, while freshman Gabby Barbera had 11 points. Senior Andrea Bailey dished out 10 assists, and freshman Natasha Colon Ortiz pulled down seven rebounds.
With time ticking down, Pride sophomore Kelly Murphy drove and drew the Wheaton defense into the lane before finding an open Biondolillo on the left wing for the winner. Springfield's first lead of the half came on Connors' jumper at 3:28, giving the visitors a 54-53 edge, before Sapowsky's lay-in 49 seconds later made it a three-point game. Freshman Jeana Trimboli's three at 2:02 knotted the score at 56.
The Lyons had a solid start to the second half, completing a 12-0 run that began in the opening period to capture the game's largest advantage at 40-31 with 16:24 to play. Wheaton held a 45-38 lead with under 13 minutes remaining before the Pride responded with five straight points to trail 45-43 at 12:27. Trimboli's conventional three-point play pushed the Lyon advantage out to five with 9:15 left. Springfield answered with back-to-back hoops, and the margin stayed within four points the rest of the way.
Neither team led by more than three points in the opening half until Barbera's second three made the score 13-9 in Wheaton's favor at 12:54. The Lyons eventually extended their lead to 18-12 following a trio of Barbera free throws at 10:58 before the Pride answered with an 8-0 run in just 56 seconds, as Springfield shot 8-of-13 from the floor and 4-of-6 from deep up to that point.
The game remained tight through the remainder of the half, as the teams experienced five ties before a Connors three made it 31-28 Springfield at 3:22. However, those were the final points the Pride would score until 16:07 of the second frame, as lay-ups from senior Ida Kruse at 3:04 and Champney with 33 ticks left gave the hosts a 32-31 edge at the break. Barbera paced Wheaton with 11 points, while Sapowsky and Connors had 12 and nine, respectively, for the Pride.
The Pride return to action on Wednesday evening when it hosts Coast Guard at 7:00 pm.