South Hadley, Mass. - December 1, 2010 - Led by Kelly Slattery's game-high 20 points, the Springfield College women's basketball team picked up its first win of the season after dispatching Mount Holyoke, 48-37, in both teams New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener on Wednesday evening.
The Pride now stand at 1-4, 1-0 in league play while the Lyons drop to 1-4, 0-1.
Slattery had her way down low as she connected on 10-of-11 shots en route to 20 points to go along with five boards and three assists. Fellow post Amelia Sapowsky also hit double figures in the scoring column as she netted 10 points and added a team-best six rebounds. Meghan Biondolillo finished the game with eight points for the Pride.
For the Lyons, Angelica Pascual scored a team-high 13 points, while Bree Hollinger pulled down a game-high seven rebounds. Mount Holyoke were limited to just 26.0% (13-50) shooting from the floor, including just 4-25 in the opening half.
Springfield finished with a 28-8 advantage in the paint and out rebounded the hosts 37-33. The Pride converted 42.3% (22-52) of their shots from the field. As a team, the guests racked up 16 assists on 22 made baskets.
Neither side led by more than two points in the early going, as the teams jockeyed for position. A three-pointer by junior guard Christine Chancy put Mount Holyoke in front 9-8 at the 10:57 mark of the first half.
Springfield gained control with a 14-1 run over the next nine minutes. Biondolillo highlighted the spurt with a pair of three-pointers. Her second was followed by a layup by sophomore forward Emily Walker, which gave the Pride a 22-10 cushion. They took a 22-12 edge into the locker room.
A jumper by Sapowsky pushed Springfield’s lead to 36-22 midway through the second stanza. She gave her team a 40-27 advantage with another jumper at the 6:27 mark before Mount Holyoke made things interesting with six unanswered points to trim the margin to 40-33 with just over four minutes remaining in regulation. Pascual scored four of the six points during the run, knocking down a pair of free throws and a jumper.
From there, the Pride responded with a 6-0 run of their own to put things away. They made four of their final shots down the stretch.
Springfield will next play on Saturday afternoon in another conference clash as it hosts MIT at 1:00 pm.