Waltham, Mass. - November 17, 2012 - The Springfield College women's basketball team opened up the season with a 54-50 win over Trinity in the Brandeis Invitational on Saturday afternoon. Jaimie Bickelhaupt came off the bench to net a game-high 15 points.
With the win, Springfield will take on host Brandeis in the championship game on Sunday.
Springfield held Trinity to just one field goal over the final 5:36 as the Pride erased a 10-point deficit. Trailing, 47-37, Springfield forced four turnovers and grabbed three offensive rebounds down the stretch, going ahead on a Meghan Biondolillo trifecta with 1:07 left.
Bickelhaupt came off the bench to score a game-high 15 points in 23 minutes. She connected on 5-of-7 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line, with nine of her points coming in the second half. Biondolillo added 10 points and the Pride’s only two 3-pointers, including the dagger at the end of the game. Junior forward Tamara Tribble totaled a game-high 12 rebounds, four on the offensive glass, while Emily Taylor notched eight points and four steals.
Trinity had three players score in double figures, including two off the bench. Sophomore Hannah Brickley and rookie Christina Raiti each had 11 points in reserve, while junior Abby Hancock had 10 as a starter. Junior Shantel Hanniford led the Bantams with eight rebounds, six offensive, while junior Moriah Sweeney had seven boards and matched Raiti with four assists each.