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Manhattanville Outshoots Women's Basketball, 63-32

Abby Connors Box Score

Willimantic, Conn. - November 22, 2009 - - The Springfield College women's basketball was limited to just 16 points in each half as it fell to Manhattanville College, 63-32, on Sunday afternoon at the Eastern Connecticut Invitational.

The loss drops the Pride's record to 1-2 on early season.

Colleen Dignum led Springfield with nine points as she connected on 3-of-4 shots from beyond the arc, accounting for all of Springfield's three-pointers in the game. Abby Connors added eight points, all of which were scored in the first half, while Amelia Sapowsky pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.

Springfield fell behind 10-2 just 2:42 in the game as it struggled to find its offensive rhythm and was unable to chip away at Manhattanville's early lead. Despite shooting 42% from the field in the opening 20 minutes of play, the Pride only made eight field goals as it trailed by 15, 31-16.

Things didn't get much better in the second half as Manhattanville led by as many as 35 en route to the victory. The Valiants held the Pride off the scoredboard through the first 11 minutes of the second half to take control of the contest for good. Manhattanville connected on 10 three pointers in the contest and was led by Simona Gordon's game-high 14 points.

The Pride turned the ball over 27 times in the game and finished the game shooting 31.7% (13-41).

After a tough weekend, Springfield will look to get back on the winning track when it travels to take on Williams on Tuesday evening.

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