Worcester, MA --- Kelly Slattery (Somers, CT) poured in a game-best 22 points to lift Springfield to a 67-51 upset over host WPI in a NEWMAC women's basketball contest on Thursday. With the result, the Pride moves to 8-12 on the season and 8-5 in conference action while WPI dips to 14-5 overall and 10-3 in NEWMAC play.
The visitors held the Engineers without a field goal for a 8:42 span midway through the first half that saw them break a 8-8 deadlock to surge ahead 21-8 with just over eight minutes left in the opening stanza. The Pride parlayed 16 WPI first half turnovers into 15 points.
The hosts tried to mount a comeback late in the half but Springfield got five points in the final 31 seconds before halftime from Emily Walker (East Lyme, CT), including a conventional 3-point play with 0.6 seconds remaining to take a 37-21 advantage into the locker room at the break.
WPI enjoyed a 41-33 advantage on the glass, including 22 offensive rebound but could only muster 12 second chance points. Oddly enough, Springfield turned just nine offensive rebounds into 14 second chance points. The Pride also passed the ball well, tallying 18 total assists on 24 made field goals.
Both teams continue NEWMAC play on Saturday afternoon at 3pm. WPI heads to Babson to take on nationally-ranked Babson while Springfield returns home to face Wheaton.