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Sapowsky Paces Women's Basketball Past Mount Holyoke, 45-39, In NEWMAC Opener

Andrea Butler Box Score

Springfield, Mass. - December 2, 2009 - Junior center Amelia Sapowsky (Ware, Mass.) netted 13 points to go along with 16 rebounds and four blocks in leading her Springfield College women's basketball team to a 45-39 victory over visiting Mount Holyoke College in both squads' New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener tonight at Blake Arena.

With the win, SC is now 2-3, halting a three-game losing streak. Mount Holyoke falls to 2-3.

The only other player in double figures for the Pride was freshman forward Sara Plocharsky (Bristol, Conn.) with 10 points, all 10 in the second half. Sophomore guard and co-captain Kelly Murphy (Mechanicville, N.Y.) scored eight points.

For the Lyons, senior guard Erin Cain (Quincy, Mass.) tallied a game-high 17 points, adding four rebounds. She was the only double-figure scorer for Mount Holyoke. Sophomore Christine Chancy (Bay Harbor Island, Fla.) scored nine points and collected 12 rebounds, not bad at all for a 5-3 guard. Senior forward Jess Olson (Gilbert, Ariz.) pulled down 10 rebounds.

Neither team, to put it mildly, shot well from the floor or from 3-point range. SC shot .277 overall (18-for-65) and .133 from 3-point range (2-for-15). Mount Holyoke shot .222 overall (12-for-54) and .240 from beyond the arc (6-for-25). The Lyons outrebounded the Pride, 50-47. SC forced 24 turnovers, while the Lyons forced 16.

In the first half, neither team played well. Springfield actually took a quick six-point lead at 9-3 just 4:15 into the contest when Murphy hit a 3-pointer. But the Pride scored just seven points the rest of the way in that stanza. At the half, Sapowsky had seven points and nine rebounds.

SC had smallish leads in the early part of the second half, managing to be up by eight, 34-26, on a 3-pointer by Murphy with 9:20 remaining. But the Pride then went cold, and Mount Holyoke scored the next eight points to it at 34-all on consecutive 3-pointers by Cain and Chancy with 4:22 left in the game.

At this point, Springfield went on its best run of the game, scoring the next 10 points, creating its largest lead. It was Plocharsky hitting two straight buckets, the first with 3:57 left, the second with 2:51 left. Sophomore guard Andrea Butler (Cohoes, N.Y.) then stole the ball at mid-court, and scored on a circus-type lay-up. She was fouled on the play, but missed the free throw. But Butler corraled the rebound, and with 2:17 left, Plocharsky rebounded her own missed shot, and put in a short jumper. Murphy completed the 10-point run with 50 seconds left by making two free throws, effectively clinching the win.

Up next, Springfield plays at MIT Saturday (Dec. 5) at 1 pm.

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