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Women's Basketball Falls to Wheaton, 68-58

Riley Fake Box Score

Norton, Mass. - January 19, 2014 - Riley Fake (Brockport, N.Y.) had a career-high 13 points to lead the Springfield College women's basketball team despite a 68-58 road loss to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival Wheaton on Sunday.

Fake came off the bench shooting 3-of-5 from the perimeter and 4-of-4 from the foul line to tally a career-high 13 points. Jaimie Bickelhaupt (Brookfield, Conn.) netted a team-high 14 points for Springfield which was playing its second NEWMAC match up in as many days.

Also in double-digit figures for the Pride was Heather Lewis (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), tallying 10 points and six rebounds. Danielle Racette (North Adams, Mass.) added nine points, four steals and three assists off the bench.

Wheaton sophomore guard Rebecca Arnone (Litchfield, N.H.) helped the Lyons snap their three-game losing streak with a game-high 18 points, three steals, three rebounds and one assist. Junior forward Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah) posted a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds (six offensive), while sophomore forward Kiley Shoemaker (Fayetteville, N.Y) also recorded a double-double with 16 points, ten rebounds, two blocks and three steals. Junior guard Laura Pierce (Hampstead, N.H./) added 10 points and four assists.

The Lyons outrebounded the visitors 45-33 including a 17-10 margin on the offensive glass. Wheaton also held a 28-17 margin in points off turnovers and a 19-6 advantage in second chance points. Springfield outscored the Lyons in the paint, 20-18, and posted a 33-10 differential in bench points.

Wheaton secured a 33-14 lead at halftime as the Lyons shot 39.3-percent (11-for-28) from the field receiving nine points from Arnone (all off of three's), eight points from Brickley and six points apiece by Shoemaker and sophomore guard Alyssa Almario (West Orange, N.J.) to highlight the stanza. Defensively, the Lyons only allowed five field goals as Springfield shot 22.7-percent (5-for-22) from the field and 3-of-7 from the free throw line.

The Blue and White extended their lead to as many as 25 points (43-18) with 16:55 remaining in the second half as Pierce buried her only three-pointer of the game on a feed by Brickley. Springfield slowly chipped away at its deficit eventually bringing the game under double digits at the 2:13 mark on a layup by freshman guard Dina Pitsas (Milford, N.H.).

Wheaton held off any potential rally from Springfield down the stretch going 7-for-11 at the free throw line to secure its second victory of the season against Pride.

The Lyons (13-3, 8-3 NEWMAC) travel to Mount Holyoke College on Wednesday for a NEWMAC contest scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m. Springfield (9-7, 5-6 NEWMAC) hosts MIT on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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