Northampton, Mass. - January 9, 2014 - The Springfield College women's basketball team fell victim to a 16-4 run to open the second half by Smith College as it lost a 82-64 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) showdown on Thursday evening.
Smith improves to 4-7, and 4-4 in the NEWMAC, while Springfield falls to 8-5, with a 4-4 NEWMAC ledger.
Rosa Drummond continued her strong play of late with 22 points and eight rebounds. Paulina Solis added 14 points and seven assists, while Sydney Parkmond had 12 points and seven boards, and Jazmine Collins netted 12 off the bench.
Jaimie Bickelhaupt (Brookfield, Conn.) led Springfield with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Emily Gins (Fort Myers, Fla.) scored a career-high 14 points off the bench and Tamara Tribble (White Plains, N.Y.) chipped in with 12.
Smith jumped out to an early 11-4 lead as Drummond sandwiched a three and a short jumper around a basket from Jade Chihara, and the Pioneers led 16-6 when Solis knocked down the first of her three trifectas with 14:23 on the clock in the first half. The Pride countered with a 14-6 run over the next four minutes, capped by Ava Adamopolous' (Ludlow, Mass.) putback to tie the game at 20, but Smith would respond, taking a 31-25 lead on Marissa Munoz-Ruiz' fast break layup with 5:33 left.
Springfield closed the half on a 12-6 burst, getting within 38-37 on Bickelhaupt's jumper with 38 seconds left in the half. Smith carried that one point lead into the break.
The Pride scored the first basket of the second half on Tribble's layup, but it was all Smith from there. The Pioneers scored 16 of the game's next 18 points, with Solis feeding Collins with a beautiful no-look pass for a layup, then burying a three pointer for a 51-41 lead. Smith upped the lead to 54-41 on a Drummond basket, and never looked back.
Springfield got within nine on Danielle Racette's (North Adams, Mass.) layup with 8:55 to play, but the Pioneers never relented, taking their biggest lead of the game on Tia Karapoulios' three pointer in the final seconds.
Smith held a 37-28 advantage on the boards, and had assists on 17 of their 30 baskets.
Springfield is off until January 15, when the Pride will host Mount Holyoke at 7 p.m.