Springfield, Mass. - January 28, 2017 - Senior center Ava Adamopoulos (Ludlow, Mass.) matched her career high with 26 points as the Springfield College women's basketball team took down New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) frontrunner MIT, 81-65, on Saturday afternoon in Blake Arena.
With the win, the Pride is now 14-5 overall and 9-1 in league play, while the Engineers fall to 15-4 on the year and 9-2 in the NEWMAC. Springfield College shot a season-best 57.1 percent from the floor over 40 minutes of play, going 32-for-56 in the win, while MIT was just 24-of-55 (43.6%) on the afternoon. The Pride also held a 32-29 advantage in rebounds, while turning 12 Enginneers' turnovers into 15 points.
Along with 26 points from Adamopoulos, the senior posted nine rebounds, while the Pride also received 13 points and four boards from junior forward Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.) and 10 points, including three triples from senior Lexi Windwer (Milton, Mass.). Senior point guard Danielle Racette (North Adams, Mass.) tied her career high with eight assists in the win.
The Engineers were led by Kristen Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.), who posted 19 points to go along with a team-best six rebounds, while Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) and Liana Ilutzi (East Hanover, N.J.) combined for 28 points on the afternoon.
Springfield College jumped out to an early 11-8 advantage over the Engineers as Windwer drilled back-to-back threes before finding Adamopoulos in the low post for an easy catch-and-finish with 3:18 to play in the quarter. Following another lay-up from Adamopoulos, Windwer drilled her third of the stanza to make it 16-11, Springfield College, before Adamopoulos and King knocked down jumpers to make it 22-15, Pride, at the end of one.
MIT pulled to within three following a pair of free-throws from Ilutzi just 2:10 into the second, but the Pride would take a 10-point advantage over the Engineers on a pair of free throws from Adamopoulos midway through the period. Up 38-27 with 2:22 remaining in the half, Adamopoulos would pick up two more baskets followed by a free-throw from Racette to make it 45-31, Springfield College, at the half.
MIT brought its deficit to seven in the opening minutes of the second half following a three-pointer from Yuan, but back-to-back jumpers from Adamopoulos would help the Pride regain an 11-point advantage that it would carry until the final second of the third, when Ngan drilled a corner three to make it 59-51, Pride, heading into the fourth.
Sophomore guard Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.), senior Molly McCausland (Millbury, Mass.) and King kicked off the final stanza with consecutive lay-ups to make it 65-51, Pride, before the Engineers pulled to within eight on an easy basket from Cindy Si (San Antonio, Texas) to make it 68-60, Springfield College, with 5:42 to play. The Pride pushed its lead back to 12 on lay-ups from Adamopoulos and Racette before pushing it to 16 on a basket from King with 2:10 to play. With under 1:30 in the contest, Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) converted a tough lay-up in the lane, and the Pride's defense held tough to seal the 16-point win.
Up next, Springfield College will hit the road for a pair of NEWMAC contests next week, as the Pride will travel to Smith on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. tilt and Wheaton College on Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest.