Women's Basketball Wins For First Time at Springfield

Elle Fontaine

Springfield, MA --- Elle Fontaine (Franklin, MA) led the Engineers with 13 points as the WPI women's basketball team won for the first time ever at Springfield, claiming a 58-51 win over the Pride on Tuesday evening in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action at Blake Arena.

The win boosts WPI's record to 5-2, 3-0 in league play, while the Pride's two-game winning streak comes to an end as it drops to 2-5, 2-1  The Engineers had previously been 0-8 in games played at SC.

Springfield jumped out to an early 14-9 lead at the 14:24 mark after Kelly Slattery (Somers, CT) converted the conventional three-point play. The Engineers responded with an 8-0 run, capped off by Cindy Chelius' (Northfield, NJ) three-point play, to earn a 17-14 advantage with 10:36 left in the first half. A Rachel Landon (Chaplin, CT) lay-up made it a one-point ball game with 9:56 remaining, only to have the Engineers close out the half on a 16-7 run to go into the locker room up 34-24.

In the second half, SC made it interesting, closing the margin at one point to 42-39. But WPI outscored SC, 16-12, the rest of the way.

Lauren Hannmann (East Greenbush, NY) added 12 points, while Theresa Logan (Southboro, MA) contributed 11. For Springfield, there were two double-figure scorers, including guard Kelly Murphy (Mechanicville, NY) with a game-high 15, and guard Meghan Biondolillo (Levittown, NY) with 10.

WPI made the most out of Springfield's miscues, turning 23 turnovers into 22 points, including 15 in the first half. WPI outrebounded Springfield, 34-31. SC made eight 3-pointers to keep it in the game.

The Pride continues league play on Friday evening when it travels to take on rival Wheaton College for a 7pm tip.  The Engineers continue NEWMAC play when they host Babson on Friday night in a 7pm contest.

Release Courtesy Springfield Sports Information