Women's Basketball Suffers 64-51 Setback to Smith

Women's Basketball Suffers 64-51 Setback to Smith

Springfield, Mass. - February 1, 2017 - Despite a combined 26 points from senior center Ava Adamopoulos (Ludlow, Mass.) and freshman guard Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.), the Springfield College women's basketball team suffered a 64-51 setback at Smith College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Wednesday night.

With the loss, the Pride falls to 14-6 on the year, and is now 9-2 in conference play, while the Pioneers improve to 14-6 as well, holding a 6-5 record in the league. The Pride shot a dismal 18-for-60 (30.0%) from the floor in the loss, while Smith was 21-for-51 (41.2%) on the evening.

Leading the Pride was Adamopoulos' 15 points and 12 boards for her sixth double double of the year, while Goslin netted 11 points to go along with three rebounds, two steals and one assist. Senior guard Lexi Windwer (Milton, Mass.) notched 10 points, including a pair of three-pointers in 34 minutes of play.

For Smith, sophomore center Kennedy Guest-Pritchett (Fairburn, Ga.) led the way with 15 points and 11 boards, while junior Samantha Alakai (Pukalani, Hawaii) registered 10 points to go along with a team-best 12 rebounds. 

Smith jumped out to an early 8-2 advantage over the first 5:13 of the contest on a lay-up from Mandy Castro (San Diego, Calif.), before a triple from Windwer, followed by a jumper from Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) pulled the Pride back to within one with 3:08 to play in the frame. With under 1:30 to play, Goslin was able to convert a pair of lay-ups to give the Pride an 11-10 lead at the end of one. 

Up 17-13 on a made jumper from Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.) 3:56 into the second quarter, Smith was able to convert back-to-back baskets, but the Pride pulled away once again, taking a five-point lead on Windwer's second three of the game with 1:42 to play in the half. From there, Smith would score the final two baskets of the stanza to make it 22-21, Springfield, at the break.

The Pioneers kicked off the second half on an 11-2 run, capped by a pair of free throws from Emma Seymour (Seattle, Wash.) to take a 32-24 lead over the Pride, before a three-pointer from Castro with 41 seconds to play in the third pushed Smith's lead to 13. 

The Pride would make it a seven-point game with 3:11 to play on a pair of free throws from Adamopoulos, but Smith pulled away once again to preserve the 13-point win.

Up next, Springfield College will hit the road once again when it goes to Wheaton on Saturday, February 4 for a 1 p.m. tilt with the Lyons.