South Hadley, Mass. - December 7, 2016 - The Springfield College women's basketball team improved to 2-0 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play with a convincing 97-31 win over Mount Holyoke on Wednesday night in South Hadley.
With the win, the Pride is now 4-2 overall, and remains unbeaten in conference play, while the Lyons fall to 2-6 on the year, and 0-3 in the league. Springfield College shot 37-of-72 (51.4%) from the field, while Mount Holyoke was just 12-of-55 (21.8%) in the setback. The Pride dominated the glass, holding a 57-25 advantage in rebounds over 40 minutes of play, while also assisting on 21 baskets throughout the night.
The Pride's 97 points marks the most since Springfield College defeated Southern Vermont, 107-35 on January 4, 2000 in the Holiday Inn Naismith Classic, hosted in Blake Arena. Additionally, this marks the third time in the last 15 years that the Springfield College women's basketball has posted 90 or more points.
The maroon and white was led by an outstanding effort from senior center Ava Adamopoulos (Ludlow, Mass.), who has now registered 20 or more points for the third-straight game. The senior poured in 21 points and pulled down eight boards in the win. Springfield College also received a career game from sophomore forward Gracie Restituyo (Jersey City, N.J.), who notched a career-best 19 points and 15 rebounds for her second-career double double.
The Lyons were led by Katlyn Grover (Bernardston, Mass.) and Kathryn Violette (Yokosuko City, Japan), who combined for 23 points, while Xajaah Williams-Flores (Bronx, N.Y.) pulled down a team-high eight rebounds in the contest.
Freshman forward Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) scored three out of the Pride's first four baskets in the first quarter to open an 8-3 lead over the Lyons just 3:18 into the contest, before Springfield College pushed its lead to 11 on back-to-back lay-ups from Adamopoulos and Lexi Windwer (Milton, Mass.) midway through the stanza. With a 17-3 lead and under three minutes left in the first, Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.) registered six-consecutive points to push the Pride's lead to 20, as Springfield College led Mount Holyoke 27-5 at the end of one.
The Pride continued to pour it on in the second quarter, as Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) converted three free-throws, before baskets from Restituyo and Adampoulos made it 34-5 with 7:26 to play in the half. Following a lay-up from Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) with 5:25 to play, Rachel Menze (West Haven, Conn.) would push the Pride's lead to 38, a lead the Pride would retain for the remainder of the half, going into the locker room up 50-12.
Following lay-ups from King and Hall, Windwer drilled a three-pointer with 6:24 to play in the third quarter to give the Pride a 62-17 lead over the Lyons. Springfield College's lead would be extended on another triple and a lay-up from the senior, and a basket from Adamopoulos as time expired to make it 75-23 heading into the final stanza.
Restituyo did most of her work in the fourth quarter, as the sophomore notched 15 points and seven boards in 10 minutes of play to seal the win for the Pride.
Up next, Springfield College will return to Blake Arena on Saturday, December 10 when the Pride will play host to Worcester State at 1 p.m.