Women's Basketball Survives Late Comeback, Defeats RPI, 85-79

Women's Basketball Survives Late Comeback, Defeats RPI, 85-79

Worcester, Mass. - November 27, 2016 - Senior center Ava Adamopoulos (Ludlow, Mass.) posted 25 points and seven rebounds, as the Springfield College women's basketball program defeated RPI, 85-79, in the second game of the WPI Thanksgiving Classic, hosted in Harrington Auditorium on Sunday afternoon.

For her efforts throughout the weekend, including a double double on Saturday and 25 points on Sunday, Adamopoulos was named to the 2016 WPI Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team. 

The Pride, which is now 2-2 on the year, matched its highest offensive output in nine seasons, as Springfield College's 85 points was just shy of when the Pride defeated Widener, 86-74, on November 18, 2007. With the loss, the Engineers fall to 3-3 overall.

Springfield College shot an outstanding 31-of-54 (57.4%) from the field, while RPI was 30-of-74 (40.5%) in the setback. The Pride also held a slight 36-34 advantage in rebounds, while posting 23 assists to the Engineers' 16. 

Along with Adamopoulos' 25 points, the Pride had four other student-athletes score at least 10 points, as freshman guard Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) registered 14 points to go along with four assists and three rebounds, while senior guard Molly McCausland (Millbury, Mass.) and sophomore guard Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) tallied 10 points apiece. Additionally, senior guard Lexi Windwer (Milton, Mass.) poured in a season-best 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field.

For RPI, sophomore guard Sam Krumbhaar (Glen Burnie, Md.) was effective off the bench, as she notched 19 points, while Shaina Iton (Peekskill, N.Y.) and Lauren Young (Kirkwood, Mo.) registered 13 points apiece. Iton also had a team-best 10 rebounds. 

After surrendering the first three points of the game, the Pride responded with a 7-0 run of its own, including a three-pointer from McCausland and baskets from Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) and Adamopoulos, before back-to-back lay-ups from the senior center gave Springfield College a 13-5 cushion with 4:33 to play in the period. The Engineers would narrow the gap to six points, but Windwer nailed a triple and followed up with a lay-up to make it 18-12, Springfield College, at the end of one.

McAllister kicked off the second quarter with a three-pointer of her own, before the Pride extended its lead to 13 following another triple from Windwer to make it 31-18, Springfield College, with 6:42 remaining in the first half. After RPI cut its deficit to nine on a lay-up from Ines Ortea (Madrid, Spain), the Pride scored six-consecutive points, capped by a basket from McCausland to make it 37-22, Springfield College, with under two minutes in the period. From there, back-to-back baskets from Adamopoulos and McCausland would give the Pride a 41-26 lead at the break. 

McCausland stayed hot in third quarter, as she picked up five-straight points to push the Pride's lead to 20, but another basket from Ortea cut the Engineers' deficit back to 15 midway through the frame. Springfield College would push its lead back to 19 prior to the end of the quarter, benefitting from a lay-up by Rachel Menze (West Haven, Conn.) to make it 58-39, Pride, at the end of three.

Three points over consecutive possessions for the Engineers made it an 11-point game just 1:48 into the final stanza, as RPI would narrow the gap to six after three more points from Iton, before a pair of free-throws from Young made it 71-67 with 3:05 to play. A basket from Goslin would end RPI's run, as strong free-throw shooting down the stretch for the Pride would seal the win.

Up next, Springfield College will play its first home contest of the 2016-17 season on Saturday, December 3 when it will host Wellesley College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play at 12 p.m.