Boston, Mass. - February 1, 2014 - The Springfield College women's basketball team got back on track in conference play, cruising to a 67-48 win over host Emerson on Saturday in New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference action.
Ava Adamopoulos (Ludlow, Mass.) scored a career-high 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting to lead the Pride, playing 25 minutes off the bench. The first-year notched a big double-double, adding 12 rebounds to her 19 points. She also tallied two blocks.
Springfield improves to 11-9 overall and 7-8 in the NEWMAC.
Heather Lewis (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and Lexi Windwer (Milton, Mass.) also scored in double-digit figures for Springfield, with 10 points each. Emily Gins (Fort Myers, Fla.) continued to play well for the Pride, grabbing a game-high 16 rebounds. She also chipped in seven points. Danielle Racette (North Adams, Mass.) dished out six assists, had four steals and six points.
The first half saw the Lions pounce out to a 7-1 advantage before Springfield took the lead with 11:25 to play and never looked back. The Pride were up by as much as 17 as they went on a 14-0 run for almost four minutes until Emerson's Emily Cameron and her five three pointers helped bring the Lions back to head into the locker room down 31-20.
Cameron led the Lions with 15 points as she went 5-for-9 from beyond the arc in the half. EC connected on just 7 of 26 shots from the floor, but made 45.5% from three. The Lions turned the ball over 15 times to Springfield's eight.
Windwer and Adamopoulos led the Pride with six points apiece in the half while teammate Emily Gins chipped in four and pulled down ten rebounds. Springfield shot 41.4% in field goals and went 7 for 10 at the free throw line.
The second half saw more action as both team shot better and put up more points. Emerson's Elizabeth Horan had nine points as Emily Cameron connected on two more three pointers to bring her total to seven.The Lions converted 10 of 21 from long distance in the game.
Adamopoulos came alive in the second half to pocket a double-double as she shot 83% from the floor and dropped 13 points to go with 10 rebounds. Springfield stayed consistent and shot 41% from the field and 70% from the stripe in the second half.
The Pride out-rebounded the Lions 44 to 33 in the game.
Springfield scored 27 points off turnovers compared to EC's 11. The Pride made 34 points in the paint to Emerson's six. Springfield's bench contributed 31 to Emerson's 16.
Springfield will play again on Wednesday, traveling to Clark for a 7:00 p.m. tip off.