Westfield, Mass. - December 16, 2016 - Junior forward Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.) registered 15 points to go along with 13 rebounds but the Springfield College women's basketball team fell to Westfield State, 92-72, on Friday evening in the Woodward Center.
With the loss, Springfield College has its four-game win streak snapped, and is now 5-3, while Westfield State evens out its record at 5-5. The Pride shot 29-of-66 (43.9%) in the contest, while the Owls were 27-of-73 (37%) in the win.
Along with King's double double, Ava Adamopoulos (Ludlow, Mass.) netted 14 points and hauled in seven rebounds, while Molly McCausland (Millbury, Mass.) notched 11 points and freshman guard Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) 10 points to go along with a career-best six assists.
Westfield State was led by Jill Valley (Orange, Mass.), who posted 20 points in the win. Lucy Barrett (Williamstown, Mass.) dropped 15 points, while Kierra McCarthy (Ludlow, Mass.) had 11 points and nine boards.
Springfield College jumped out to an early 7-0 lead following five-consecutive points from McCausland and a lay-up from King just 1:38 into the contest. The Owls would make it a two-point game, but another triple from McCausland pushed the Pride's lead back to five. Following another basket from King, sophomore guard Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) would hit back-to-back three-pointers to give Springfield College a 23-15 lead at the end of one.
In the opening minutes of the second quarter, Westfield State cut its deficit to two on a three-pointer from Cayla Durkee (Georgetown, Mass.), before tying up the game on a triple from Valley. From there, Springfield College went on a 9-0 run, capped by a free throw from Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) to give the Pride a 42-36 lead at the half.
The Owls would take back their lead just 59 seconds into the second half on a jumper from Keri Paton (Russell, Mass.). The two sides would trade the lead until Westfield State went on an 8-0 run to finish off the third quarter, putting the Owls up 64-56 heading into the final frame.
Westfield State would take a 12-point lead just 1:41 into the fourth quarter, and would push it to 16 on a three-pointer in transition from Valley to make it 76-60, with 5:09 to play. From there, the Owls would push its lead to 20 to seal the victory.
Up next, Springfield College will take on Middlebury in the Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic on December 30 at 5:30 p.m.