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Second-Half Run Leads Women's Basketball to 69-46 Win Over Coast Guard

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Springfield, Mass. - January 11, 2012 -The Springfield College women's basketball team used a 30-6 run to blow open a seven-point halftime lead as it ran past visiting Coast Guard, 69-46, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Wednesday evening in Blake Arena.

With the win, Springfield raises its record to 8-6 overall, 4-3 in the NEWMAC, while Coast Guard falls to 5-6 overall, and 1-6 in the conference. The Pride has now won six of its last eight.

For SC, a total of 12 players played and a total of 12 players scored. The Pride was led by junior guard Meghan Biondolillo (Levittown, N.Y.) with 24 points. She was 8-for-11 from the floor, including 6-of-8 from 3-point range. Senior guard and co-captain Andrea Butler (Cohoes, N.Y.) gave the home team quite a lift by scoring 13 points, including 6-of-9 from the floor. Up next was senior forward and co-captain Kelly Slattery (Somers, Conn.) with eight points. Nine others scored, led by post players Tamara Tribble (White Plains, N.Y.), Emily Walker (East Lyme, Conn.), and Rachel Landon (Chaplin, Conn.) with four points each.

For the Bears of Coast Guard, three players scored eight points apiece. They were freshman guard Brittney Zimmerman (Lewistown, Pa.), freshman guard Alexi Howland (Latham, N.Y.), and sophomore guard Kaitlin Ward (Saline, Mich.). Freshman forward Dani Knox (Centreville, Va.) added five.

Coast Guard outrebounded the Pride, 44-43. That included 16 offensive rebounds. The Bears accumulated 17 turnovers to SC's 13.

The main difference came in the field goal percentages. Springfield shot .435 from the floor (27-of-62), while Coast Guard shot .286 (18-of-63).

The Pride opened up a seven-point lead after Biondolillo connected on a pair from the charity stripe to make it 13-6 with 12:17 to play. The Bears answered back with a 9-0 run, capped off by a mid-range jumper from sophomore forward Larla Brown (Kingswood, Tex.) as they snagged their first lead of the game at 15-13. Over the next three minutes, the Pride used a 9-3 burst, including four points from Slattery, to open up a 24-18 lead with 5:21 on the clock. Much in part to 10 first-half points from Biondolillo, Springfield went into the locker room up 28-21.

Even more of a difference came at the start of the second half. It was 28-21 in favor of the Pride at the intermission. But in the first 11:10 of the second half, SC outscored Coast Guard, 30-6, making the score 58-27. With the score 61-31, Coast Guard scored 10 straight points to cut the margin to 61-41 with 4:39 left.

The real stars for SC were Biondolillo, who kept firing, and making, her 3-point attempts (she was 4-of-5 from long-range in the second half), and Butler, who was credited with a game-high five steals. She also had four assists.

Springfield will play its first road contest since December 9 on Saturday when it travels for a conference clash with MIT beginning at 2:00 pm.

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