Springfield, Mass. -- December 3, 2011 -- The Wellesley College women's basketball team scored the last 12 points of the game in the final 2:02 to defeat Springfield College, 51-42, this afternoon in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference game at SC's Blake Arena. Despite Colleen Dignum's game-high 16 points, the Pride fell to 2-4 overall, 0-2 in league play.
Wellesley is now 3-2 overall, 2-0 in the conference.
Dignum, a junior guard from Albany, N.Y., was the only player to reach double figures for SC. Behind her was junior guard Meghan Biondolillo (Levittown, N.Y.) with eight points, and senior forward Kelly Slattery (Somers, Conn.) with seven.
For Wellesley, freshman forward Morgyne Weaver (Oklahoma City, Okla.) topped her team with 15 points and a game-high six rebounds. Behind her was junior guard Malia Maier (Torrance, Calif.) with 12 points.
It was a lackluster first half, with Wellesley leading at the half, 17-15. Springfield actually took the early lead at 7-2 four and a half minutes into the game. But the Blue outscored the Pride 15-8 for the remainder of that half. Neither team shot well. Wellesley shot .368 from the floor (7-for-19), while Springfield did not fare as well, shooting .261 (6-of-23). Maier led Wellesley with five points. Dignum topped SC with six.
In the second half, the Blue steadily built the lead to 11 points at 39-28 with 8:36 to go on two free throws by junior forward Ashleigh Sargent (Bedford, N.H.). But Springfield then put on its best spurt of the game, scoring the next 14 straight points. That stretch, culminated by a jumper by Dignum, gave SC a 42-39 lead with 2:18 to go.
But, in what may have been the key basket of the game, Maier righted the ship for the Blue by canning a 3-pointer with 2:02 left, which was followed by an immediate Wellesley time-out.
After an SC turnover, Weaver scored on a short jumper with 1:29 to go. Weaver followed with a free throw with 1:09 remaining, giving Wellesley a three-point lead.
Turnovers plagued SC down the stretch. With 38 seconds left, senior guard Elisha Orama (Miramar, Fla.) added two free throws. After one more turnover, Maier added two more free throws, pushing the lead up to seven (49-42) with 32 seconds left. A basket by Weaver with nine seconds to go finished things off for Wellesley.
The Pride will play again on Tuesday evening when it travels to take on conference-foe Smith College at 7:00 pm.