Strong Fourth Quarter Helps Women's Basketball Remain Unbeaten in NEWMAC Play; Defeats MIT, 73-55

Strong Fourth Quarter Helps Women's Basketball Remain Unbeaten in NEWMAC Play; Defeats MIT, 73-55

Springfield, Mass. - January 7, 2016 - Outscoring the Engineers 21-8 in the fourth quarter, the Springfield College women's basketball team defeated MIT, 73-55, to remain unbeaten in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon in the Rockwell Cage.

With the win, Springfield College is now 8-4 on the year, and improves to 4-0 in conference play, while the Engineers are now 10-3 overall and 4-1 in the conference. The Pride, which shot an impressive 28-of-51 (54.9%) from the field in the win, also held a 37-31 advantage on the glass, as Springfield College's bench outscored MIT, 37-5. The Engineers were just 25-of-66 (37.9%) from the field in the setback.

The Pride was led by the combined effort of senior center Ava Adamopoulos (Ludlow, Mass.) and Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.), as the pair netted 35 of the Pride 73 points on the afternoon. Adamopoulos went for 21 points and seven boards, while King, fresh off a career-best 20-point performance against Clark, followed up with 14 points and five rebounds on Saturday. Additionally, senior guard Lexi Windwer (Milton, Mass.) went 4-for-4 from beyond the arc, scoring 12 points on the afternoon.

For MIT, Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) netted a game-high 25 points and picked up seven rebounds, while Liana Ilutzi (East Hanover, N.J.) scored 10 points and dished out eight assists.

Springfield College jumped out to an early 9-6 advantage over the Engineers on a successful lay-up from Adamopoulos just 4:15 into the contest, and would hold onto its lead until a basket from Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) to make it 15-15 at the end of one.

Both sides traded leads in the opening minutes of the second frame, before the Engineers took a three-point advantage following a lay-up from Sophie Gershon (New York, N.Y.) to make it 25-22, MIT, with 5:27 to play in the half. Trailing 31-27 with 1:57 to play in the quarter, the Pride ended the period on a 6-0 run, including a three-pointer from Lexi Windwer (Milton, Mass.) and a three-point play from Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) to take a 33-31 lead into the locker room.

The Pride pushed its lead to five just 2:51 into the second half on a triple from Molly McCausland (Millbury, Mass.), before the Engineers closed the gap to three on five-consecutive points from V'Dovec midway through the stanza. After re-gaining an eight-point lead on a three-point play from King, MIT once again climbed back to within three on a triple from Liana Ilutzi (East Hanover, N.J.) with 1:12 left in the quarter, but Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) would drive and finish at the rim to give Springfield College a 42-37 lead at the end of three.

Back-to-back lay-ups from McAllister and Adamopoulos just 3:27 into the fourth quarter sparked a 7-0 for Springfield College to push the Pride's lead to 14, before another basket from Adamopoulos made it 69-53 with 1:51 remaining. Springfield College was able to capitalize on its free-throws down the stretch to seal the 18-point win. 

Up next, Springfield College will host Wheaton College in another NEWMAC battle on Tuesday, January 11 at 7 p.m. in Blake Arena.