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Women's Basketball Now 2-0 in NEWMAC Play With 54-36 Win Over MIT

Kelly Murphy Box Score

Springfield, Mass. -- December 4, 2010 -- Led by a balanced attack, the Springfield College women's basketball team upped its record to 2-0 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference play by defeating MIT, 54-36, this afternoon at Blake Arena. Kelly Murphy led the Pride, now 2-4 overall, with 11 points.

MIT is 4-3 overall, 1-1 in the NEWMAC.

Murphy, a junior guard from Mechanicville, N.Y., topped the Pride with her 11 points. She also had three rebounds, two assists, and one steal, while shooting 4-of-6 from the floor, and 3-of-4 from 3-point range. Playing 19 minutes, she was the only double-figure scorer for SC.

Right behind Murphy was junior forward Kelly Slattery (Somers, Conn.) with nine points and six rebounds. Two SC players contributed eight points each. They were senior guard Abby Connors (Douglas, Mass.) and sophomore guard Colleen Dignum (Albany, N.Y.). Dignum was also 2-for-3 from 3-point range, and provided a spark off the bench.

Two others who especially contributed were sophomore forward Emily Walker (East Lyme, Conn.) with seven points and a game-high 13 rebounds, and sophomore guard Meghan Biondolillo (Levittown, N.Y.) with six points and three assists.

As a team, Springfield shot just 32.8 percent from the floor, but was better from behind the arc, going 8-for-18 for a .444 percentage. MIT, meanwhile, shot just .260 overall (13-for-50), and .133 from 3-point range (2-for-15). Each team pulled down 43 rebounds. But MIT turned it over 21 times, while SC committed just 12 turnovers.

The Engineers were led by freshman forward Sydney Beasley (Yorktown, Va.) with 10 points. She also had five rebounds. Freshman guard Tamara Pena (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) certainly rebounded well, leading her squad with 10, although she went 0-for-7 from the field. Senior forward Kristen Whaley (Westborough, Mass.) scored eight points, while sophomore forward Stephanie Cooke (Lanoka Harbor, N.J.) finished with six points.

This was a game where MIT never led, although there was one tie at 8-8. When Dignum nailed a 3-pointer with 10:17 left in the first half, that gave SC the lead for good. Beginning with that field goal, Springfield outscored MIT, 20-10, for the remainder of the half, which was capped off by a 3-pointer from Murphy with five seconds left.

The Pride led by as many as 23 points in the second half when Emily Walker made a lay-up with 10:35 remaining. MIT managed to cut it to 14 points, at 50-36, with 2:51 left. But that was as close as the Engineers would come.

Up next, Springfield hosts WPI in further NEWMAC action Tuesday, December 7 at 7:30 pm in Blake Arena.

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