Pittsburgh, Pa. - March 3, 2017 - Behind 17 points and eight rebounds from junior forward Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.), the Springfield College women's basketball team defeated New York University, 64-63, in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship Tournament Quarterfinals on Friday evening at host Carnegie Mellon University.
With the win, Springfield College is now 20-8 overall, while the Violets close their season with a mark of 14-13. The Pride, which shot 41.5% (27-for-65) in the contest, will advance to play the winner of Moravian and Waynesburg in the ECAC Championship Semifinals on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Along with King's 17 points, senior point guard Danielle Racette (North Adams, Mass.) handed out a career-best 12 assists, freshman guard Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) posted 11 points and three steals, and senior guard Molly McCausland (Millbury, Mass.) netted 10 points to go along with three assists and two rebounds.
NYU was led by Amy Harioka (Danville, Calif.), who posted a game-high 22 points, and Shaye McGoey (Marlton, N.J.), who scored 13 points to go along with eight assists in the setback.
Trailing 8-6 midway through the first quarter, Springfield College's Lexi Windwer (Milton, Mass.) drilled a three-pointer, followed by a lay-up from senior center Ava Adamopoulos (Ludlow, Mass.) to give the Pride an 11-8 edge, before the Violets went on an 8-0 run to take a 16-11 lead with 1:20 left in the stanza. With 48 seconds left, Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) converted a free-throw to cut the Pride's deficit to four before the end of one.
Springfield College took back its lead to start the second quarter on a three-pointer from Windwer, before a 9-0 run, capped by a free-throw from Goslin, gave the Pride a 28-21 lead with 3:04 left in the first half. After the Violets made it a two-point game on a jumper from Liv Linebarger (Warrenville, Ill.), Goslin hit back-to-back lay-ups to give Springfield College a 32-26 lead at the break.
Even at 36 apiece just 3:09 into the second half, another five-point spurt from the Pride, including a triple from Racette, gave the maroon and white a 41-36 advantage, before NYU evened the score at 42 on a jumper from Linebarger. The Pride would close out the period on a 7-2 run, capped by a lay-up from Goslin to take a 49-44 margin into the fourth.
The Violets would stay within a pair until McCausland drilled a three-pointer with 4:04 to play to make it 57-52, Pride, before King converted a three-point play to make it 60-54 with 3:14 on the clock. From there, King hit another jumper and the Pride's defense held tough to escape with the one-point win.