Springfield, Mass. -- January 5, 2012 -- The Springfield College women's basketball team scored the game's last 18 points, giving the Pride a 63-58 victory over Wheaton College tonight at SC's Blake Arena. Kelly Murphy scored a season-high 23 points, followed by 14 more from Jaimie Bickelhaupt for the winners, upping their record to 7-5 overall.
The home team now owns a 3-2 record in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference play. Wheaton falls to 3-8 overall, 1-4 in league play.
The game was played in like a three-part series. After the game was tied at 8-8, Springfield outscored the Lyons, 17-7, to take a 25-15 lead. A few moments later, it was 29-19 in favor of the Pride. But Wheaton tallied the last five points of the half to close it to 29-24.
A lay-up by Kelly Slattery gave the Pride a 35-26 lead with 16:50 left, and Springfield was still in control. But the Lyons then put together a great 32-10 run over a span of 10 minutes and 15 seconds. And they were in complete control.
But in the final 6:35 of the contest, Springfield ran off 18 unanswered points to close out the game. With just over five minutes remaining, Wheaton still led 58-45.
Free throws by Murphy and Andrea Butler cut the margin to 11 with 4:37 left. A conventional three-point play by Bickelhaupt cut it to eight, 58-50, with 4:08 to go. A free throw by Murphy closed it to seven with 3:57 left. At this point, the Lyons were committing fouls and turnovers.
Two more free throws by Bickelhaupt cut the margin to five (at 58-53) with 3:12 to play. Murphy made a lay-up with 2:39 left, and the lead was down to three (58-55).
Tamara Tribble made one free throw with 2:06 to go, and the lead was two. After a missed lay-up by the visitors, Meghan Biondolillo made one of her two 3-pointers with 1:31 left, and Springfield had regained the lead at 59-58.
The Lyons again turned it over, and with 29 seconds left, Bickelhaupt came through with a conventional three-point play. Murphy added one free throw to close the scoring with eight seconds left.
In the final 6:35, Wheaton missed all seven of its attempted shots, and turned it over eight times.
Springfield had one more double-figure scorer in Biondolillo with 10 points. Bickelhaupt led her squad with seven rebounds.
Wheaton finished with three double-figure scorers in Abbie Brickley with 15, Gabbie DePalo with 12, and Kenzie Kuhn with 10.
DePalo also had nine rebounds, five assists, two blocks, and one steal. Brickley had seven rebounds, three assists, one block, and one steal. From the floor, DePalo was 5-for-8, while Brickley was 7-of-10.
Springfield outrebounded Wheaton, 45-35. and Wheaton turned it over 24 times, while forcing 20. Springfield scored 27 points off Wheaton turnovers.
Springfield shot just .328 (20-of-61) from the field. Wheaton was more accurate at .434 (23-of-53).
Springfield next faces #16-ranked Babson at home Saturday at 1 pm in Blake Arena.