Springfield, Mass. - March 1, 2017 - Thirty-five combined points for the freshman class paced the Springfield College women's basketball team on Wednesday night in Blake Arena, as the Pride defeated SUNY Cobleskill, 54-42, in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship Tournament First Round.
With the win, Springfield College improves to 19-8 on the year, and will advance to the ECAC Quarterfinal Round, where it will take on New York University on Friday, March 3 at 5 p.m. The contest will be played at top-seeded Carnegie Mellon University, located in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The Pride, which shot 33.3 percent (18-of-54) from the floor in the victory, was led by freshman point guard Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.), who poured in a career-best 18 points to go along with four rebounds and two assists in 36 minutes of play. Additionally, senior guard Molly McCausland (Millbury, Mass.) notched seven points and nine rebounds, while sophomore forward Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) collected a game-high 11 boards.
The Fighting Tigers were led by the efforts of senior forward Shelby Preston (Ravena, N.Y.) and freshman guard Addy Lawson (Milford, N.Y.), who combined for 24 points in the setback. Preston, playing her final game in orange and black, pulled down a team-high 10 boards to go along with 13 points for a double double.
Even at six points apiece midwday through the first half, Springfield College took a 9-6 lead on a three-pointer from Goslin, before a three-pointer from Lauren Rudolph (Franklin, Mass.) and a lay-up from Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) gave the Pride a 14-11 lead with 1:51 to play in the quarter. After the Fighting Tigers made it a one-point game on a jumper from Addy Lawson (Milford, N.Y.), Rudolph nailed a jumper to give Springfield College a 16-13 lead at the end of the first.
The Pride took a five-point, 20-15 lead after a pair of free throws from Goslin just 2:23 into the second, but SUNY Cobleskill's Shaliyah Graham (Bronx, N.Y.) hit a three-pointer to pull the visitors back to within a pair. Following a basket from Hall at the 6:14 mark, the Fighting Tigers scored six-consecutive points to take a 24-22 lead, but Ava Adamopoulos (Ludlow, Mass.) would stop the run on an easy lay-up, making it 24-24 with 1:45 to play in the half. Even at 26, Hall would end the half on a basket, giving the Pride a 28-26 lead at the break.
SUNY Cobleskill would take a 31-30 advantage just 1:52 into the second half on a lay-up from Preston, but Springfield College would take back its lead on a triple from McCausland, before Rachel Menze (West Haven, Conn.) knocked down a jumper in the paint to make it 35-31, Pride, with 2:36 to play in the third. From there, Goslin would convert a pair of lay-ups to give Springfield College a 41-33 lead heading into the final stanza.
The Pride pushed its lead to 11 on a jumper from Rudolph to make it 46-35 with 4:38 to play, before Preston cut the Fighting Tigers' deficit back to seven with a lay-up of her own. Holding a nine-point lead with 44 seconds remaining, Goslin would convert three free throws to seal the 12-point win.