Norton, Mass. - January 21, 2012 - Despite a game-high 21 points from Kelly Slattery, the Springfield College women's basketball team dropped a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) road contest at Wheaton, 63-48, on Saturday afternoon.
The Lyons improve to 7-10, 5-5 in NEWMAC play, while the Pride had its three-game winning streak snapped as it dropped to 10-7, 6-4.
Freshman Kenzie Kuhn poured in a career-high 19 points – including five 3-pointers to lead the Lyons to victory. Classmate Abbie Brickley added 14 points, four rebounds and four steals as the Lyons knocked down nine of their 16 three-point attempts (56.3 pct.) and 12 of their 13 free throws. Wheaton also held a 36-26 edge on the glass, led by nine rebounds from senior Gabbie DePalo.
Kuhn buried her first two three-pointers in the opening 6:26 of the contest to give the Lyons an early 15-8 lead. A pair of free throws from Brickley at 7:28 pushed the lead to 10 at 24-14 before Slattery scored 10 straight points for the Pride to tie the score at 24.
Kuhn stopped the run with her third triple of the afternoon, and a layup by DePalo with 1:36 on the clock sent Wheaton to the locker room with a 29-24 lead. Slattery led all scorers with 14 points in the opening half while Kuhn had nine to pace Wheaton.
The Lyons continued their strong play in the second as they opened the half on a 13-4 run to push their lead to 14 at 42-28. Kuhn dropped in a pair of three's during the run while sophomore Melissa McLaughin added a three-pointer of her own. The Pride cut their deficit to eight (48-40) after an Emily Walker free-throw with nine minutes remaining before McLaughlin's second triple of the half restored Wheaton's 10 point lead, which it held the rest of the way.
McLaughlin finished with 11 points, four assists, three rebounds and a pair of steals for Wheaton, which had assists on 18 of its 21 field goals. In addition to her nine rebounds, DePalo also scored nine points.
Slattery finished with a game-high 21 points for Springfield, which finished the contest shooting 34.0 percent from the field – including 1-of-13 from behind the arc. Kelly Murphy added eight points, three assists and three steals for the visitors.
Springfield is in the midst of a three-game road swing and will play at Clark on Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm.