Babson Park, Mass. - February 18, 2017 - Vying for its second New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Basketball Regular-Season Title in the last three years, the Springfield College women's basketball team suffered an 59-35 setback to Babson College on Saturday afternoon at Staake Gymnasium.
With the loss, Springfield College, which was ranked No. 10 in the latest NCAA Division III women's basketball regional rankings, closes its regular season with a mark of 18-7 and 13-3 in league play, while Babson improved to 20-5 overall with a 14-2 record in league play.
The Pride shot a dismal 20.9% from the floor (14-of-67), while the Beavers were 22-of-59 (37.3%) from the field in the win. Babson also held a 48-39 advantage on the glass over 40 minutes of play.
Leading the Pride was sophomore forward Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.), who posted 11 points and a career-best 17 boards, while Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) and Ava Adamopoulos (Ludlow, Mass.) finished with eight points apiece.
Babson was led by senior point guard Giovanna Pickering (Hull, Mass.), who posted 17 points, seven boards, four steals and three assists, while senior forward Jennifer Narlee (Medford, Mass.) hauled in a team-best 14 rebounds.
After a sluggish start from both sides, Babson took a 5-2 advantage 5:10 into the contest on a lay-up from Pickering, sparking an 11-0 run over 3:25 to give the Beavers a 14-2 edge with 1:25 to play in the period. From there, Adamopoulos registered her second basket of the quarter to cut the Pride's deficit to 10, but Narlee would end the stanza with a free throw to make it 15-4, Babson, at the end of one.
It didn't take long for the Pride to make it a six-point game, as Restituyo converted a lay-up, before Lexi Windwer (Milton, Mass.) drilled a three-pointer from the wing to make it 16-9, Beavers, just 1:29 into the second. Babson would push its lead back to ten on a steal and basket in transition from Pickering, before McAllister canned a triple to make it 22-16, Babson, with 6:19 to play in the half. After Bianca Tomassini (North Branford, Conn.) gave the Beaver's an eight-point lead, McAllister countered with her second three-pointer of the game with 2:11 left to cut it to five, a deficit the Pride would have until the halftime break.
Babson would start the second half on a 10-0 run to take a 39-24 lead over the Pride, before extending its lead to 19 on back-to-back lay-ups from Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) and Tea Spellacy (Belchertown, Mass.). After going up by 23 on a three-pointer from Jacqueline Jozefick (Milford, Conn.), Restituyo would end the quarter with a free-throw to make it 49-27, Babson, heading into the fourth.
Freshman Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) would come up with a steal and bucket in transition to keep the Pride within 23, before Springfield went on a six-point burst to make it an 18-point game. From there, Babson would go up by as much as 24 in the late minutes of the game to seal the victory.
Up next, Springfield College will enter the NEWMAC Women's Basketball Championship Tournament as the No. 2 seed, and will host Clark University on Wednesday, February 22.