Strong Second Half Leads Women's Basketball Past MCLA, 67-55

Strong Second Half Leads Women's Basketball Past MCLA, 67-55

North Adams, Mass. - January 21, 2017 - The Springfield College women's basketball team outscored MCLA 41-22 in the second half, en route to a 67-55 non-conference victory over the Trailblazers on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Springfield College is now 12-5 on the year, while MCLA drops to 7-0 overall. The Pride, which shot 30-for-61 (49.2%) from the field on the afternoon, held a 37-32 advantage on the glass, and held a 32-24 scoring margin in the paint. The Trailblazers shot just 23-of-58 (39.7%) from the field in the setback.

Leading the Pride was junior forward Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.), who netted 16 points to go along with nine rebounds, while Molly McCausland (Millbury, Mass.) and Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) finished with 10 points apiece. Senior guard Lexi Windwer (Milton, Mass.) continued to shoot well from behind the arc, as she finished with nine points on three triples, to go along with five assists, three rebounds and two steals.

For MCLA, Ashley Clawson (Tolland, Conn.) and Karina Mattera (Johnston, R.I.) finished with 11 points apiece, while Emily Moulton (North Adams, Mass.) pulled down a team-best eight rebounds.

A successful jumper from King midway through the first stanza gave the Pride an 8-6 lead before back-to-back jumpers from Clawson and Courtney McLaughlin (Pittsfield, Mass.) evened the game at 15 apiece with 1:25 on the clock. From there, the Trailblazers finished the quarter on a 6-0 run to take a 21-15 advantage at the end of one.

Springfield College pulled to within four following a jumper from Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) just 1:21 into the second quarter, but MCLA would push its advantage back to seven on a layup from Brayleigh Hanlon (Wynantskill, N.Y.) with 6:43 left in the half. Once again, the Pride scratched back to within six following a jumper from King with 43 seconds remaining, before Goslin cashed in on a free-throw opportunity to make it 33-26, MCLA, at the half.

The Pride wasted no time narrowing the gap to two points when Windwer nailed a three-pointer, and McCausland followed suit with a corner jumper to make it 37-35 just 2:25 into the third. After Moulton canned a jumper with 5:31 remaining in the period to make it 39-35, MCLA, Springfield College went on a 13-2 run, capped by a made jumper from Ava Adamopoulos (Ludlow, Mass.) to make it 48-41 in the waning minutes of the quarter.

The Pride pushed its lead to 10 just 1:47 into the fourth when Windwer found King for a knockdown jumper, before pushing its lead to 14 on a made layup from Restituyo. Springfield College was able to fend off a late rally from MCLA to seal the 12-point win.

Up next, Springfield College will return to Blake Arena on Wednesday, January 25 for a 7:30 p.m. tilt with New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Mount Holyoke.