Local Colleges: MCLA names Erica Li interim softball coach
NORTH ADAMS — It didn't take long for MCLA athletics director Laura Mooney to fill the school's softball coaching vacancy.
Erica Li, the athletic department's Coordinator of Athletic Success, has been named interim coach for the 2018 season.
The new coach spent last year as an assistant to Jamie Trudeau.
Trudeau's hiring as the softball coach at Sage Colleges was announced last week.
Li played four years for Kris Herman at Williams. She was a captain her senior year.
Li was the NESCAC softball player of the year in 2016, and earned All-America status that year.
Williams women's basketball
SPRINGFIELD — The Williams women hit the road for the first time in 2017-18, and eked out a 58-54 win at Springfield.
Amanni Fernandez had a team-high 15 points for Williams (3-0). Freshman Maggie Meehan came off the bench to score 12 points, while Kristin Fechtelkotter had 11 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
Springfield (2-1) got a game-high 18 points from Taylor Hall.
Williams led at the end of each quarter. It was 33-23 at halftime. But the Pride held Williams to seven points in the third quarter, cutting the Eph lead to 40-36. But ultimately, the Ephs prevailed.
It was not the cleanest of games for Williams, as the Ephs had 17 turnovers to only nine assists. Fernandez and Lauren Vostal each had five turnovers. Fernandez did, however, have four assists.
MCLA women's basketball
FRANKLIN — Kylah Langston had 16 points off the bench in 23 minutes for the MCLA women, who dropped a 71-64 decision at Dean.
MCLA (1-2) fell behind right off the bat, as the host Bulldogs (2-2) jumped out to a 19-7 lead after one quarter. The Trailblazers show 21.4 percent from the floor in the first quarter. While MCLA righted the ship, it could not surpass Dean.
Langston, a sophomore from East Hartford, Conn., was 6 for 11 from the floor, 1 for 2 from three-point range and 3 for 6 from the foul line.
Courtney Pingelski had 13 points and Samantha Gawron added 11. McKenzie Robinson scored three points, but pulled down four rebounds and had four assists as she played all 40 minutes.
Morgan Turner led Dean with a game-high 24 points. Turner was 12 of 18 from the floor, and she also had a game-high 15 rebounds.
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