Norton, Mass. - February 4, 2017 - Behind a dominant 24-point, 14-rebound performance from senior center Ava Adamopoulos (Ludlow, Mass.), the Springfield College women's basketball team picked up a 68-52 win over Wheaton College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Pride is now 15-6 overall, and 10-2 in conference play, while Wheaton 4-18 on the year and 2-11 in the NEWMAC. Springfield College shot a red hot 28-for-54 (51.9%) on the afternoon, while the Lyons were just 19-for-52 (36.5%) from the field in the setback. The Pride also held a 35-26 advantage in rebounds over 40 minutes of play.
Along with Adamopoulos' dominant afternoon, Springfield College also received impressive performances from Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.), who posted 10 points, four assists, three rebounds and one steal, while Lexi Windwer (Milton, Mass.) and Molly McCausland (Millbury, Mass.) notched nine points apiece.
Leading the Lyons on the afternoon was Natalie Wind (New Canaan, Conn.) who posted a career-best 20 points to go along with two rebounds and one assist, while Ruthie Zientek (Holmdel, N.J.) posted eight points and two boards in the loss.
After trading leads to start the game, Springfield College took a 14-8 advantage with 3:23 left in the frame on a triple from Windwer, before the senior canned her second of the quarter, followed by a jumper from King, as the Pride took a 21-10 lead with 1:39 to play in the stanza. Adamopoulos would finish off the first quarter with a lay-up as the Pride would lead 23-13 at the end of one.
The Lyons pulled back to within seven midway through the second, but once again the Pride would push its lead to 11 on a jumper from King with 3:46 to play in the half. Springfield College would hold its 11-point lead until Adamopoulos once again capped the fram with a lay-up to make it 41-28 at the break.
Springfield College would take an 18-point lead on four-consecutive points from McCausland in the early goings of the second half, before another basket from Adamopoulos would push the Pride's advantage to 21 with 1:09 to play in the quarter. From there, Springfield College would never look back, as the Lyons would pull to within 13, but the Pride was able to seal the 16-point win.
Up next, Springfield College will return home to Blake Arena on Wednesday, February 8 when it will host the defending NEWMAC champion WPI at 7 p.m.