Women's Basketball Holds On For 77-76 Win Over Falcons

Women's Basketball Holds On For 77-76 Win Over Falcons

Fitchburg, Mass. – Shania Springer (Bayshore, N.Y.) finished with a career-best 20 points, including 14 in the second half and visiting Dean College held on for a heart-stopping 77-76 win over Fitchburg State in non-league women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.

The win for the suddenly surging Bulldogs is their third victory in a row and has them sitting at 4-2 with a busy week of game action ahead. 

THE BASICS
Score: Fitchburg State 76, Dean College 77, Fitchburg State 76
Records: Dean (4-2) | Fitchburg State (3-4)
Location: Parkinson Gymnasium, Fitchburg, Mass.
Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM 

HOW IT HAPPENED
The host Falcons opened the game on an 11-0 run, holding Dean without a basket for almost the first six minutes of the game as they missed their first ten shots.

That difficult start for the Bulldogs was all but erased when they closed the quarter with a 17-6 run to even the score at the end of the first period.

With the score 27-26, Dean took a 41-34 margin into the break on a jumper by Chantell Lopez (Meriden, Conn.) and baskets from Morgan Turner (Winter Park, Fla.) and Nicole Romero (Winchendon, Mass.).

Following the intermission, The Falcons went on a 9-0 stretch to take a 43-41 advantage. Dean regained the lead on a jumper by Shannon Rosensteel (51-49) with four minutes left in the stanza, enroute to a 63-54 advantage going into the final quarter.

In the fourth, Fitchburg State battled back again, cutting the deficit to one, but the comeback fell just short as the Falcons weren't able to convert on their final possession, resulting in the 77-76 final.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
In a game that was incredibly even statistically, Dean's biggest advantage came in the form of 19 points off of 20 Falcon turnovers.

In addition to Springer, Turner had 18 points, eight rebounds and four steals, while both Rosensteel (16 points, seven rebounds) and Romero (11 points) each finished in double figures.

UP NEXT
The Bulldogs kick off their busy stretch next week with a visit to Rhode Island College on Monday to take on the Anchorwomen for a 7:00 PM start.