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Women's Basketball Beats WPI, 53-42 For Important Conference Road Win

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Worcester, Mass. - December 4, 2013 - The Springfield College women's basketball team won its second-straight conference contest on Wednesday, topping host WPI, 53-42.

Heather Lewis (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) led the Pride with a game-high 14 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists. Jaimie Bickelhaupt (Brookfield, Conn.) tallied her fourth double-double of the season with 12 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. The junior is ranked in the top 25 nationally in double-doubles this season with four in the first six games.

Springfield improved to 3-3 and 2-2 in the NEWMAC, while WPI fell to 2-3 and 1-2.

Sophomore Jessica Larsen (San Diego, Calif.) had 10 points off the bench for WPI, going 5-for-7 from the field on a tough shooting night for WPI, as the rest of the team shot just 21 percent from the floor. Junior Dani Davis (East Granby, Conn.) matched Larsen’s 10 points, also contributing six rebounds. Davis accounted for three of the Engineers’ four 3-point field goals.

The hosts led nearly the entire first half after Siena Mamayek (Melrose, Mass.) drained a jumper 33 seconds in. Mamayek totaled nine points and six rebounds on the game.

Larsen made a layup with 13:16 left in the first half, giving the Engineers a 7-2 lead to match their largest advantage of the night.

Mamayek kept it a five-point lead, 14-9, with 5:20 left in the opening period.

Springfield sophomore Lewis hit consecutive baskets for the Pride to respond, while Bickelhaupt drained a deep 3-pointer from the right wing at the halftime buzzer to give Springfield a 21-20 lead, just its second of the night.

The Pride then scored the first six points of the second half, giving them a 27-21 advantage.

Springfield held roughly the same advantage before pulling away in the final five minutes on the heels of another 6-0 spurt, with Tamara Tribble (White Plains, N.Y.) sparking the decisive run.

The Pride scored seven straight points late as the hosts began to foul, getting two free throws apiece from Lewis, Tribble and freshman Dina Pitsas (Milford, N.H.).

Andrea Moschetta (Harrision, N.Y.) stuffed the stat sheets with four assists, seven rebounds and a game-best four steals. She shared game-high assists honors with WPI’s Rachel Pineda (Shrewsbury, Mass.).

Springfield will host Emerson at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and will be celebrating the anniversary of 50 years of women's varsity athletics at Springfield College. The school's first women's basketball team will be in attendance for the event.

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