Springfield, Mass. -- Feb. 1, 2012 -- Rosa Drummond scored 19 points and added 12 rebounds, both game-high totals, to lead her Smith College women's basketball team to a 59-49 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference victory over Springfield College this evening at SC's Blake Arena.
With the win, Smith ups its record to 15-4 overall, 10-3 in the NEWMAC Springfield fell to 11-9 overall, 7-6 in league play. Earlier this season, on Dec. 6 in Northampton, Springfield earned a hard-fought 54-46 victory over the Pioneers.
A sophomore center from Rye, N.H., Drummond led her squad with those 19 points, 15 in the second half when Smith pulled away. She also had one block and two steals to go along with those 12 rebounds, 11 off the defensive glass.
Also scoring in double figures for the Pioneers was freshman guard Maddie Page (Arvada, Colo.) with 15 points, five rebounds, and three steals. Page was also 4-for-6 from the floor and 7-for-7 from the free throw line.
For the Pride, only two players scored in double figures. They were junior guard Meghan Biondolillo (Levittown, N.Y.) with 13 points, and freshman forward Jaimie Bickelhaupt (Brookfield, Conn.) with 10 points. Bickelhaupt also had eight rebounds. In addition, senior forward Kelly Slattery (Somers, Conn.) finished with six points and 11 rebounds.
It was Springfield which jumped out to a 9-0 lead in this contest, doing so when Bickelhaupt made a lay-up with 15:37 to go. But Smith scored next eight points, and tied it at 14-all. It was tied twice more, the last at 18-all on two free throws by Page with 4:55 remaining in the first half.
At the half, Smith led by a point at 23-22.
Biondolillo made a free throw to tie matters one last time, 23-23, with 19:30 left. But a 10-0- Smith run proved to be the big difference over the next 4:11. A lay-up by junior guard/forward Amanda Zakoske (Jacksonville, Fla.) put Smith up for good with 18:54 left.
After Smith stretched it to 10, Springfield would cut it to five on several more occasions, and even cut it to three twice -- the last with 4:23 to go on a pair of free throws by Biondolillo.
But Smith would end the game on a 9-2 run to put it away.
Up next for Springfield is WPI at home this Saturday, Feb. 4, at 12 noon.