Springfield, Mass. - January 12, 2017 - The Springfield College women's basketball remained unbeaten in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play with a 64-57 win over Smith College on Thursday afternoon in Blake Arena.
With the win, the Pride is now 10-4 overall and 6-0 in league play, while the Pioneers fall to 10-4 on the year and 3-3 in the NEWMAC. Springfield College, which shot 18-for-54 (33.3%) on the afternoon, dominated the glass, holding a 49-38 advantage over 40 minutes of play. Smith shot just 21-for-66 (31.8%) from the field in the setback.
For Springfield College, senior guard Molly McCausland (Millbury, Mass.) notched a career-best 13 points to go along with four assists and two rebounds, while classmate Ava Adamopoulos (Ludlow, Mass.) posted her second-straight double double, netting 12 points and picking up 14 rebounds. Sophomore guard Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) also reached double figures, as she put in 10 points on the afternoon.
Smith was led by the dominant play of Kennedy Guest-Pritchett (Fairburn, Ga.), who registered 12 points to go along with 13 rebounds, while sophomore Lauren Bondi (Burnaby, BC, Can.) posted 15 points in 25 minutes of play.
Springfield College jumped out to an early 8-2 lead over the Pioneers following three-pointers from Lexi Windwer (Milton, Mass.) and McCausland, before Adamopoulos extended the Pride's lead to eight on a lay-up with 5:20 to play in the quarter. After entering the game midway through the stanza, Bondi pulled Smith to within three, but a last-second lay-up from McAllister gave the Pride a 19-14 lead at the end of one.
Smith evened the game at 21 points apiece on back-to-back baskets from Guest-Pritchett and Jade Chihara (Lahaina, Hawaii) just 2:41 into the second quarter, and would take a five-point lead on a lay-up from Chihara with 3:10 left in the half. From there, Springfield College clawed back into the contest, and evened the score at 29 on a pair of free-throws from Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) with 21 seconds on the clock, sending the teams into the break tied at 29.
Even at 34 apiece with 5:17 remaining in the third quarter, a lay-up from Adamopoulos, followed by a pair of free-throws from McCausland gave the Pride a four-point lead, before two more baskets from Adamopoulos gave Springfield College a 42-37 lead at the end of three.
Windwer opened the fourth quarter with a triple just 14 seconds into the frame to push the Pride's lead to eight, before the senior cashed in on another opportunity to make it 51-40 with 6:01 to play. The Pioneers would chip away at its deficit, and would pull to within five on a pair of free-throws from Paige Marquez (San Francisco, Calif.), but free-throws from Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.) and Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) sealed the seven-point win for the Pride.
Up next, Springfield College will return to Blake Arena on Saturday, January 14 and will face Emerson College at 10 a.m.