Women's Basketball Downs Emerson, 74-61, Improves to 7-0 in NEWMAC Play

Women's Basketball Downs Emerson, 74-61, Improves to 7-0 in NEWMAC Play

Springfield, Mass. - January 14, 2017 - The Springfield College women's basketball team pushed its conference win streak to seven, as the Pride defeated Emerson in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday morning in Blake Arena.

With the win, Springfield College improves to 11-4 on the year and 7-0 in conference play, the best start in conference play for the Pride since the 2005-06 season. With the loss, Emerson is now 8-7 overall and 2-5 in the league.

The Pride was 30-of-68 (44.1%) from the field in the victory, as the maroon and white also held a 45-42 advantage on the glass over 40 minutes of play. Springfield College also dominated the Lions in the paint, holding a 38-28 advantage, and turned 13 Emerson turnovers into eight points on the day. Emerson was just 24-of-63 (38.1%) from the field in the setback.

Leading the Pride was the senior duo of Ava Adamopoulos (Ludlow, Mass.) and Lexi Windwer (Milton, Mass.), who combined for 40 points and 19 rebounds. Adamopoulos notched her third-consecutive double double this week, going for 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Windwer was 5-for-11 on the day, including 4-for-8 from downtown with 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Additionally, Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.) had 11 poitns to go along with five boards, and freshman guard Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Mass.) dished out a game-high and career-best eight assists.

The Lions were led by Maya Savino (Killingworth, Conn.), who posted 12 points, while Sierra Ducey (Poway, Calif.) finished with seven points and 10 rebounds. Elizabeth Horan (Ashland, Mass.) also reached double figures in the scoring column, going for 11 points and six boards on the morning.

Emerson jumped out to an early 7-4 advantage following a three-pointer from Horan and a lay-up from Ducey just 2:36 into the contest, before the Lions pushed its lead to six on a lay-up from Eastin Ashby (Pittston, Penn.) midway through the contest. Trailing by nine late in the stanza, the Pride finished the quarter with five consecutiive points to make it a four-point game. 

It took just 1:19 for the Pride to pull even with the Lions, as Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) drilled a three-pointer to make it 21-21. From there, both sides traded leads before a knock-down jumper from King with 3:49 to play in the half sent Springfield College on an 8-2 run, followed by a buzzer-beating triple from Windwer to make it 42-34, Pride, at the break. 

Springfield College pushed its lead to 13, benefitting from a 10-0 run to begin the third quarter on a pair of three-pointers from Windwer and baskets from King and Molly McCausland (Millbury, Mass.) to make it 53-40 with 5:15 left in the quarter. The Pride never looked back from there, as it would push its advantage to as much as 17 on another triple from Windwer.

A lay-up from McAllister made it 65-46 just 2:01 into the final quarter, before a late surge from Emerson, capped by a three-pointer from Leena Kardacz (Harleysville, Pa.), made it a 10-point game with 1:37 on the clock. From there, Adamopoulos converted a three-point play to seal the win for the Pride.

Up next, Springfield College will travel to NEWMAC-rival WPI on Wednesday, January 18, and will tip off at 7 p.m.