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Women's Basketball Knocks Off Smith, 54-46

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Northampton, Mass. - December 6, 2011 - Kelly Slattery notched her first double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds as she led the Springfield College women's basketball team to a 54-46 win at Smith College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Tuesday night.

Trailing 27-24 at halftime, Springfield held Smith to just eight field goals in the second half as it snapped its three-game losing skid to improve to 3-4, 1-2 in league play. The loss was the first of the year for the Pioneers as they fell to 6-1, 2-1.

Kelly Murphy added 13 points and four rebounds, while Colleen Dignum posted 10 points and four assists. Jaimie Bickelhaupt continued to impress in her first season with the Pride as she filled her stat sheet with seven points, seven rebounds, and three assists.

The Pride raced out to a 9-2 lead before the game was three minutes old. Bickelhaupt opened the scoring with a putback off a Slattery miss, then assisted on a three from Murphy after Rosa Drummond tied the score. Bickelhaupt drained two free throws and Dignum's jumper forced Smith into a 30 second timeout.

Out of the timeout, Drummond connected on another basket, and consecutive buckets by Amanda Zakoske and Lizzy BelBruno trimmed the Springfield lead to 9-8. A three from Dignum pushed the lead back to four, but Smith countered with a 9-4 burst capped by a three from Paulina Solis gave Smith their first lead of the game at 17-16.

A Zakoske layup and three free throws by Maddie Page boosted Smith's lead to 27-20 with 1:18 left in the first half, but Springfield scored the final four points of the half to cut the lead to 27-24 at the break.

Springfield came out of the locker room hot, outscoring Smith 10-4 over the first six minutes of the half thanks to a three point play by Murphy and back-to-back baskets from Slattery that gave the Pride a 37-31 lead. Smith struggled meanwhile, missing five of their first seven shots and committing three turnovers during that stretch.

Andrea Butler fed Tamara Tribble for a basket that put the Pride up by as many as 12 (45-33), but Smith began to slowly chip away, starting with a BelBruno foul shot that got the lead back into single digits with 8:16 to play.

A steal and layup from Solis cut the lead to seven, and when BelBruno rebounded Ellie Giles' miss and found Solis in the corner, the first year drained her third three of the game to make it a 45-41 contest with 3:42 to play.

The Pride pushed the lead back to 48-41 on two free throws from Slattery, but Drummond scored inside, and BelBruno drained a three from the top of the key with 1:37 to play that cut the lead to 48-46, but those would be the last points Smith would score. Springfield made six free throws in the final minute to extend the margin of victory.

Both Drummond and BelBruno were limited to six points apiece. Solis led the Pioneers with 13 points. Sydney Parkmond and Drummond pulled down a team high seven boards each.

The Pride are in action again on Friday evening when it hits the road for another league game. Springfield will travel for a 7:00 pm contest at WPI.

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