Fitchburg, MA- Courtney Pingelski scored 24 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, and added 6 steals in helping the MCLA Women's Basketball team notch a much needed MASCAC win over Fitchburg State University 82-53 this evening. MCLA snaps a seven game slide as they move to 5-11 on the season and are now 1-3 in the conference.
Fitchburg drops to 5-10 on the season and is still winless in the league at 0-3.
Pingelski paced all scorers with her 24 point night. The junior went 8-17 from the floor and canned 4-10 from beyond the arc. Sam Gawron had her best game of the season scoring a career best 19 points off the bench on 9-13 shooting. L'Rae Brundige chipped in with 10 points while Mckenzie Robinson facilitated the offense all night long. Robinson collected 7 points, pulled down 8 rebounds, dished out 9 assists, and added 4 steals.
MCLA led just 12-7 early on, but ended the first quarter on a run to take a 20-11 lead heading to the second. Fitchburg pulled with 22-14 but MCLA answered with an 11-2 run to take a commanding 33-16 lead midway through the quarter. They would eventually lead 46-29 at halftime. MCLA shot a solid 52% in the opening half of play.
Fitchburg got within thirteen points at 50-37 in the third quarter, but MCLA outscored the Falcons 16-5 to close the third with an insurmountable 67-42 lead. The Trailblazers cruised home from there for their first MASCAC win of the season.
MCLA ended the game shooting 48% from the floor and committed a season low 11 turnovers in the win. They held the Falcons to just 32% shooting and forced 20 turnovers.
Fitchburg was led by Angelina Marazzi's team high of 16 points. Mikaela Mitchell added 12 for the Falcons.
MCLA is off until Tuesday when they host Salem State at 5:30pm.