New London, Conn. - February 11, 2017 - Outscoring the Bears 24-13 in the fourth quarter, the Springfield College women's basketball team defeated the Coast Guard Academy, 63-51, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Springfield College, which was ranked No. 12 in the first NCAA Division III women's basketball of the 2016-17 season, improves to 17-6 overall and 12-2 in NEWMAC play while the Bears fall to 8-13 on the year and 6-7 in the conference. The Pride has now won 12 of its last 14 games, including six out of its last seven.
Springfield College shot 42.6% from the field in the win, making 23-of-54 of its field goals, while Coast Guard was 19-for-59 (32.2%) in the setback. The Pride dominated the paint, holding a 40-10 margin over the Bears, while Springfield's bench out scored Coast Guard's, 34-9.
Leading the Pride was senior center Ava Adamopoulos (Ludlow, Mass.), who registered 24 points to go along with seven rebounds, while sophomore forward Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) recorded a double double consisting of 12 points and 10 boards. Sophomore guard Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) also tallied 10 points in the win.
For the Bears, Gill Gerton (Lorton, Va.) and Micaela Martinelli (Vero Beach, Fla.) combined for 28 points, as Gerton led the way with 15 points and 13 boards on the afternoon.
Coast Guard raced out to an early 11-7 lead when Martinelli drilled a three pointer with 3:09 to play in the first quarter, before another triple from Jill Bray (Glastonbury, Conn.) made it 14-9, Bears, with 2:45 on the clock. Coast Guard would go up by as much as eight when Breanna Wood (Somerset, Mass.) converted a lay-up with 38 seconds to play, a lead that Coast Guard would retain for the remainder of the period.
Springfield College pulled to within five when McAllister connected from behind the arc to make it 23-18, just 1:47 into the second frame, before a pair of free-throws from Danielle Racette (North Adams, Mass.) made it a two-point game, Coast Guard leading 25-22 with 3:18 left in the half. With less than five seconds remaining in the stanza, Adamopoulos picked up an offensive rebound and converted the put-back chance to make it 27-24, Coast Guard, at the break.
Trailing for much of the third quarter, Adamopoulos would pull the Pride to within two with 4:39 left in the period, but back-to-back baskets from Gerton pushed Coast Guard's lead back to six with 3:45 on the clock. Following a free-throw from Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) to make it 40-37, Bears, the Pride's defense would hold strong sending the three-point game into the fourth.
Springfield College finally pulled even when Adamopoulos converted a lay-up just 2:12 into the fourth quarter to make it 41-41, sparking an 11-0 run over 4:11 to give the Pride a 48-41 lead with 5:29 to play. From there, Adamopoulos would score seven of Springfield's last 12 points to seal the win.
Up next, Springfield College will return to Blake Arena on Wednesday, February 15 when the Pride will host Clark at 5:30 p.m.