Women's Basketball Falls to Middlebury on Buzzer Beater in Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic

Women's Basketball Falls to Middlebury on Buzzer Beater in Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic

Springfield, Mass. - December 30, 2016 - Three student-athletes reached double figures in the scoring column but the Springfield College women's basketball program fell to Middlebury College, 60-57, in the opening night of the 2016 Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic on Friday afternoon in Blake Arena.

With the loss, the Pride falls for the second-straight contest and is now 5-4, while the Panthers improve to 7-1 with the win. Springfield College shot 22-of-56 (39.3%) in the setback, while Middlebury was 22-of-68 (36.8%) from the field. The Panthers held a 42-37 edge on the glass, while the Pride's bench held a 28-9 advantage over 40 minutes of play. 

For Springfield College, Gracie Restituyo (Jersey City, N.J.) led with 15 points and five rebounds, while Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.) registered 14 points to go along with six boards. First-year point guard Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) notched 10 points and dished out two assists to go with a pair of rebounds.

Middlebury was led by Colleen Caveney (Andover, Mass.), who netted 25 points to go along with three rebounds, while Sarah Kaufman (Boulder, Colo.) had 14 points, including the game-winning three-pointer to lift the Panthers to victory.

Middlebury took an early 7-2 lead following a basket from Maya Davis (Milton, Mass.), before the Pride pulled even on four-consecutive points from Restituyo. to make it 7-7 with 1:54 to play in the quarter. After surrendering the next basket, Springfield College would end the quarter on back-to-back baskets from King and Goslin to lead 11-9 at the end of one. 

King would score four more in the opening minutes of the second frame to make it 15-11, Pride, but the Panthers would cut its deficit to one on a corner three from Colleen Caveney (Andover, Mass.), with 8:21 to play in the half. From there, another basket from King and a pull-up jumper in transition from Goslin made it 19-14, Springfield College, forcing a Middlebury timeout. 

A 5-0 run capped by a three-point play from Davis would pull the Panthers even once again, but Lexi Windwer (Milton, Mass.) drilled a three-pointer from the wing on the Pride's next possession to provide the hosts with a three-point cushion. The Pride would retain a three-point lead until Caveney evened the score with another triple from the corner, forcing a Springfield College timeout with 2:51 to play in the half. Goslin would drive the lane and finish at the rim to give the Pride a 28-26 lead at the break. 

Springfield College pushed its lead to six with the opening four points of the second half before a 9-0 run for the Panthers gave the visitors a 34-32 lead 2:25 into the stanza. After a pair of free throws from Restituyo, Caveney hit a jumper in transition, before knocking down a baseline shot to make it 38-34, forcing a Pride timeout with 6:25 left in the quarter. From there, Springfield College went on an 13-2 run, capped by five-consecutive points from Molly McCausland (Millbury, Mass.) to take a 47-40 lead with 1:10 to play in the third. Both sides would trade three-pointers in the final minutes to give the Pride a 50-43 lead at the end of three.

A three-pointer from Alex Huffman (Lynn, Mass.) with 3:47 made it 50-48, Springfield College, before Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) helped the Pride regain its four-point advantage after picking up an offensive rebound and put-back basket. With under 1:30 to play, the Panthers evened the score at 55 on a deep three-pointer from Huffman, but Goslin would give the Pride a two-point lead on a basket underneath the basket with 35 seconds on the clock. After Knox nailed a jumper with 19 seconds left to even the score, before Kaufman hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to seal the Panthers' victory. 

The Pride will take on the winner of the Framingham State and Roger Williams matchup on Saturday, December 31 at 2 p.m.

Roger Williams 71, Framingham State 58 -- Game Two

Senior forward Bridget Quilty (Duxbury, Mass.) recorded 22 points and 15 rebounds to help lift the Roger Williams women's basketball team past Framingham State, 71-58, in the first day of the Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic on Friday evening in Blake Arena. 

With the win, Roger Williams handed the Rams its first loss of the season, as the Hawks improve to 5-3 on the year while Framingham State falls to 9-1 overall. Roger Williams shot 25-of-63 (39.7%) from the field in the win, while the Rams were just 21-of-71 (29.6%) over 40 minutes of play.

The Hawks jumped out to an early 8-2 advantage following a lay-up from Mariah Nicholas (Acushnet, Mass.) just 3:49 into the contest, before Monta Connolly (Lynn, Mass.) evened the score at 10 apiece with a basket of her own with 3:38 to play in the quarter. From there, Roger Williams regained a six-point lead, benefitting from a pair of free-throws by Stephanie Bramante (Stoneham, Mass.) to make it 18-12 with 1:43 left in the stanza. Roger Williams' Anna Walther converted a lay-up with three seconds left in the frame to make it 22-17, Hawks, at the end of one. 

The Hawks would push its lead to 10 midway through the second quarter on a lay-up from Bridget Quilty (Duxbury, Mass.) to make it 27-17, but Framingham State would pull back to within seven on a triple from Quinn O'Connell (Sterling, Mass.) with 5:10 to play in the half. Trailing by 10 points, Tiphani Harris (Revere, Mass.) would score back-to-back baskets before a three-pointer from O'Connell brought the Rams to within three, forcing a Roger Williams' timeout still up 30-27 with 2:30 left in the second quarter. From there, the Hawks closed out the half on a 7-0 run to hold a 37-27 lead at the break.

The Rams would cut their deficit to five in the opening stages of the second half, but the Hawks would quickly regain a nine-point lead on a pair of back-door lay-ins from Walthers to take a 43-34 lead just 2:48 into the period. Connolly would make it a 49-42 with a lay-up before Mary Kate O'Day (Berlin, Mass.) knocked down a triple to end the frame, making it 49-45, Roger Williams.

With 7:26 left in the game, a corner three from Walthers helped the Hawks regain a 10-point lead, before the junior drilled another to push Roger Williams' lead to 13 with 6:00 to play. The blue and yellow would hold on to its 13-point lead before sealing the victory.