New Haven, Conn. - December 11, 2012 - The Springfield College women's basketball team once again erased a double-digit second-half deficit, but couldn't complete its rally as it dropped a 64-59 decision at Albertus Magnus on Tuesday.
After winning its season-opener, Springfield is in the midst of a seven-game skid. For the Falcons, Lianna Carrero scored a career-high 31 points to lead the hosts, who improved to 8-1. Carrero hit 9-of-20 from the floor and 13-of-15 from the free-throw line to register her fourth game of the year with 20 or more points.
The Falcons struggled from the floor in the opening half, shooting just 30.3% as they began the contest missing their first seven consecutive baskets before Annie Sutila knocked in a three-pointer at the 16:02 mark of the frame.
The Pride owned an early 9-5 lead before Albertus went on a 10-0 run to extend its lead to 15-9 just two minutes later. Springfield took back the lead at 20-19 on a Meghan Biondolillo jumper before the Falcons went on a 12-5 run to finish out the half. Lindsay Karle capped off the first-half scoring as she hit a three-point field goal at the buzzer to give the Falcons a 31-25 lead at the break.
Springfield opened the second half with a 12-6 run to tie the game at 37 at the 13:37 mark of the frame following an inside bucket by Tamara Tribble. Albertus answered with a 14-3 run thanks to both Carrero and Karle who traded baskets for the Falcons to extend their lead to 11. With just over 10 minutes remaining in the game, the Falcons took their largest lead of the contest at 13 as Karle hit one of her four 3-pointers on the night.
A lay-up by Tribble with 4:16 to go cut the Falcons’ lead to one at 56-55 before a Karle bucket and a three-point play by Carrero extended the Falcons’ advantage to 61-55. The Falcons hit 3-of-6 from the charity stripe in the final minute to secure the non-conference victory. Karle finished the night with 23 points for her fourth-straight game with 20 or more points. Carrero added six assists, five rebounds and two steals. Lindsey Raynor pulled down seven rebounds in 18 minutes of work, while Annie Raucci added eight rebounds for the Falcons.
Jaimie Bickelhaupt led the way for the Pride as she scored 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Tribble added a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds, while Emily Walker also pulled down double-digit rebounds with 10. Heather Lewis also chipped in with 13 points.
Springfield will look to start the second semester off on the right foot as it hosts the Hampton Inn/Naismith Classic on Jan. 1-2. Swarthmore, Bridgewater State, and Eastern Connecticut will all by competing for the title.