Springfield, Mass. - February 15, 2017 - Playing in their final regular-season contest in Blake Arena, the Springfield College women's basketball team's senior class combined for 35 points as the Pride defeated Clark University, 57-48 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Wednesday evening in Blake Arena.
Springfield College, which is ranked No. 10 in the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Regional Rankings, improves to 18-6 overall and 13-2 in league play. With the loss, Clark is now 13-11 overall and 5-8 in the NEWMAC. Springfield College shot 19-for-51 (37.3%) from the field in the win, while the Cougars were just 15-for-54 (27.8%) in the setback. The Pride also held a 41-37 advantage on the glass over 40 minutes of play.
Senior center Ava Adamopoulos (Ludlow, Mass.) led the Pride with 19 points to go along with eight rebounds, while Danielle Racette (North Adams, Mass.) posted a career-best nine assist to go along with five points and six boards. For the Cougars, Aretha Sullivan (Worcester, Mass.) led with 15 points, while Sam O'Gara (Worcester, Mass.) chipped in nine of her own.
Springfield College jumped out to an early 5-2 advantage over the first 3:53 on a basket from Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.), but Clark would take its first lead of the game with 2:43 to play in the stanza on a pair of free-throws from Sullivan. Adamopoulos would give the Pride a one-point lead with a basket, but O'Gara countered with one of her own to end the quarter, giving the Cougars an 11-10 lead at the end of one.
Springfield College evened the score at 14 with back-to-back lay-ups from Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) and Hall, before Adampoulos collected an offensive board and a converted a put-back lay-up to make it 16-14, Pride, with 7:15 to play in the half. Springfield College would then use a 12-0 run to take a 22-14 lead over the Cougars, capped by a free throw from Adamopoulos with 4:53 on the clock. Clark would string together a run of its own to narrow to even the score at 22 apiece, before Haley Wilder (Rindge, N.H.) ended the half with a free-throw to give the Cougars a 23-22 lead at the break.
The Pride would score the first five points of the second half on a basket from Hall and a triple from Lexi Windwer (Milton, Mass.) to take a 27-23 advantage, before consecutive baskets from Adamopoulos and Racette gave Springfield a 31-25 lead with 5:41 left in the frame. Clark pulled it to within a pair on a three-pointer from Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.) to make it 34-32 with 3:19 to play in the third, before a pair of free-throws from Sullivan made it 36-36 with 1:19 on the clock. Molly McCausland (Millbury, Mass.) would finish the quarter with two free-throws to give the Pride a 39-38 advantage heading into the final period.
Following Windwer's second three-pointer of the contest to make it 44-40, Springfield College, Racette would convert a jump shot to push the Pride's lead to six with 6:30 to play. Back-to-back lay ups from Adampoulos would make it 52-40 with 2:05 to play, before the Pride converted its free-throw shots to seal the win.
Up next, Springfield College will travel to Babson for its regular-season finale on Saturday, February 18. Tip is set for 1 p.m.