By: Jon Santer
Assistant Sports Editor
Despite a 14 point, 15 rebound double-double for sophomore Jamie BIckelhaupt, the hosting Springfield College Women’s Basketball fell at the hands of the WPI Engineers 62-52 Friday night at Blake Arena. Following the 10 point victory, WPI’s record improves to 4-3 overall (2-2 in NEWMAC). However, the loss drops the Pride to 1-6 overall (0-4 in NEWMAC action).
“I think both teams are a little bit young and it showed in some moments,” reflected Engineer head coach Cherise Galasso. “Tonight’s game showed us what areas we need to improve on. It is a game of runs and luckily we were able to make the run at the end when we had to.”
In the final three minutes of the game, WPI extended their four point lead to ten following made free throws from senior forward Theresa Logan and guard Dani Davis. Davis, a sophomore from East Granby, Conn. finished the contest with 19 points and seven rebounds for the Engineers.
Davis was virtually unstoppable all night, shown off by her 6-11 performance from the floor, including two makes from behind the arc. Although leading the team in points, Galasso expects more from her starting small forward.
I thought she had a rough game,” Galasso commented honestly. “She got off a couple shots early and then she got into a little bit of a slump. She has been dealing with an injury and an illness that she had to battle through. She found other ways to facilitate and got herself to the line a few times. She’s capable of going off at any time.”
Junior Kelly Morgan scored six of her nine points in the opening minute of the game, hitting back to back corner jumpers for WPI. Morgan and Davis turned up the heat in the opening minutes of the game, sparking the Engineer offense, leading to a 20-4 run to begin the game.
Noticing her team needed to take a deep breath, Springfield head coach Naomi Graves called a time-out.
“I told them that we can win this game. I don’t think it was so much what I said but the substitutions we made to get the right people in the game,” said Graves.
Off the bench came Bickelhaupt, igniting a 16 point comeback for the Pride.
“I think we played better tonight than we have been playing lately,” said the sophomore. “We still need to control the ball, it is the turnovers that lost us the game.”
Springfield committed 25 turnovers in the contest, leading to 21 points for the Engineers.
The Pride will be back in action Tuesday night for their final game before break when they travel to Albertus Magnus.