Women's Basketball Races Past Wheaton For Fifth-Straight NEWMAC Victory

Springfield, Mass. - January 10, 2017 - Three student-athletes scored in double figures to lead the Springfield College women's basketball team to a 71-41 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory over Wheaton College on Tuesday night in Blake Arena.  

The Pride, which has now won five consecutive conference games to begin the year for the first time since the 2005-06 season, improves to 9-4 overall, and 5-0 in the NEWMAC, while the setback drops the Lyons to 2-12 on the year and 0-6 in league play.

Senior center Ava Adamopoulos (Ludlow, Mass.) led the way with an incredible performance, posting 18 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for her third double double of the season. Senior guard Lexi Winwder (Milton, Mass.) added 12 points and four assists, while sophomore guard Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) chipped in 10 points off the bench.  The Pride tied a season high with 24 assists on 29 made field goals, while sophomore Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) and freshman Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) each dishing out a career-best seven assists.

Wheaton was led by Emily Cuthbertson (Hudson, N.Y.), who netted a team-best nine points, while Chelsea Rairdon (Westbrook, Maine) added seven points off the bench.  Sophia Black (Gloucester, Mass.) hauled in eight boards for the Lyons, as Wheaton was limited to 13-for-50 (26%) from the field on the night.

Trailing 7-2 midway through the first quarter, a three-pointer from Windwer, sandwiched by lay-ups from McAllister and Adamopolous brought the Pride back to within one, before a three-pointer on the Lyons' next possession gave Wheaton back a four-point lead with 3:20 to play in the period. From there, a three-pointer from McAllister and another from Windwer gave the Pride a 15-13 lead, but a triple from Cuthbertson would give Wheaton a 16-15 lead at the end of one.

Springfield College started the second quarter on an 12-2 run, capped by a lay-up from Adamopoulos with 2:21 left in the half to take a 27-18 lead over the Lyons, before Lexi L'Heureux-Carland (Bridgton, Maine) pull Wheaton back to within seven on a lay-up with 1:28 remaining. With two seconds on the clock, McAllister finished with a nice lay-up at the rim to give the Pride a 30-20 lead at the break. 

The Pride scored the first seven points of the second half, including lay-ups from King, Restituyo and Windwer's third triple of the contest to take a 17-point lead over the Lyons, a lead it would hold until King pushed Springfield College's lead to 19 on a deep two with 4:04 to play in the period. With less than 10 seconds to play in the quarter, a conventional three-point play from freshman forward Rachel Menze (West Haven, Conn.) gave the Pride a 20-point lead heading into the fourth.

Springfield College extended its lead to 23 on back-to-back lay-ups from McAllister and Adamopoulos, before Restituyo found Adamopoulos under the basket for an open lay-up to push the Pride's lead to 25. With under three minutes to go, freshman guard Lauren Rudolph (Franklin, Mass.) drilled a corner three to make it a 28-point game. From there, head coach Naomi Graves was able to empty her bench, sealing the conference victory.

Up next, Springfield College will return to Blake Arena on Thursday, January 12 for a 12:30 p.m. contest with Smith.