Worcester, Mass. - January 18, 2017 - Despite a combined 22 points from senior guard Danielle Racette (North Adams, Mass.) and junior forward Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.), the Springfield College women's basketball program fell to WPI, 61-49, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Wednesday evening in the Harrington Auditorium.
With the loss, the Pride is now 11-5 on the year, and suffers its first blemish in conference play, falling to 7-1. Prior to Wednesday's game, Springfield College was off to its best start in the league since the 2005-06 season, as it had won its first seven NEWMAC contests. With the win, WPI, the defending NEWMAC Champions from a season ago, improve to 15-2 overall and 7-1 in the conference.
The Pride shot just 17-of-53 (32.1%) from the field in the setback, while the Engineers were 24-of-56 (42.9%) shooting over 40 minutes of play. The Engineers out-rebounded Springfield College, 37-32, and dominated the paint, holding a 26-10 advantage over the maroon and white.
Leading Springfield College was sophomore guard Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) with 12 points, while Racette and King both added 11 apiece. Senior center Ava Adamopoulos (Ludlow, Mass.) notched a game-high nine rebounds in 28 minutes of play.
For WPI, junior Ama Biney (Worcester, Mass.) posted 13 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Sarah Rogers (Colchester, Conn.) registered 10 points and eight boards in the victory.
The Engineers scored the first 10 points of the game over 3:58 before the Pride narrowed the gap to four points on a jumper from King with 2:35 to play in the stanza. Down 16-13 with 1:01 to play following a pair of free-throws from Molly McCausland (Millbury, Mass.), Rogers drilled a three with 48 seconds left in the period to give WPI a 19-13 lead at the end of one.
Springfield College kept it within three on a triple from Lexi Windwer (Milton, Mass.) just 3:47 into the second quarter before evening the score at 26 apiece on a three-pointer from McAllister with 1:00 to play in the half. On its final possession of the stanza, the Engineers received another three from Rogers to help WPI carry a 29-26 lead into the locker room.
Trading leads for much of the third quarter, the Engineers started the fourth on a 7-0 run to take a 44-36 lead over the Pride with 7:23 to play. From there, WPI never looked back as it would extend its lead to as much as 15, before sealing the 11-point win.
Up next, Springfield College will hit the road once again when it travels to MCLA on Saturday for a 1 p.m. tip.