Women's Basketball Drops 68-48 Decision to Smith in NEWMAC Play

Women's Basketball Drops 68-48 Decision to Smith in NEWMAC Play

Springfield, Mass. - January 11, 2018 - Junior forward Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) notched her sixth double double in the last eight games, recording 18 points and 13 rebounds, but the Springfield College women's basketball team fell to Smith, 68-48, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play at Blake Arena on Thursday afternoon.

With the loss, Springfield College falls to 11-4 overall and 5-1 in conference, while the Pioneers improve to 10-4 on the year with a record of 4-2 against league foes. The Pride, which shot 20-for-63 (31.7%) from the field in the win, also pulled down 38 rebounds over 40 minutes of play. Smith, which was 23-for-52 (44.2%) from the field in the win, hauled in 39 rebounds, as the Pioneer's bench outscored Springfield's 21-7.

Along with Restituyo's double double, Lauren Rudolph (Franklin, Mass.) had seven points and two rebounds, while Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) notched five points and nine rebounds in the setback. Smith was led by Paige Marquez (San Francisco, Calif.), who tallied 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting to go along with four rebounds. Off the bench, Katy McClellan (Palmyra, Pa.) recorded 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in the victory. 

After trading baskets to start the contest, Smith took an 11-8 lead on a pair of free throws from Katy McClellan (Palmyra, Pa.) at the 5:14 mark of the first quarter, sparking an 11-0 run from the Pioneers over the next 1:54 to give the visitors a 20-8 advantage with 3:20 to play in the stanza. From there, Restituyo would make a lay-up and two free throws to pull the Pride to within eight, trailing 20-12 after one quarter.

After Smith's Meghan Holland (Atherton, Calif.) hit a three to open the second quarter, giving Smith a 23-12 lead, the Pride pulled back to within six on a three-pointer from Lauren Rudolph (Franklin, Mass.) with 7:35 to play in the first half. With 3:09 on the clock, Stephanie Foukaris (Nicosia, Cyprus) hit a three pointer from the top of the arch to push the Pioneers' lead to nine, but a pair of free throws from Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) with 2:15 to play brought Springfield College to within seven, still trailing 32-25. Smith would push their lead back to 11, but Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) hit a jumper from the top of the key as time expired in the first half, sending the Pride into the locker room down 36-27.

 Following a lay-up from Guest-Pritchett 1:19 into the second half to give Smith a 38-27 advantage, Springfield College pieced together a 7-0 run, capped by a jumper from Jacques to pull the Pride to within four, trailing 38-34 with 6:38 on the clock. With 4:24 to play in the third, Marquez drilled a three to make it 43-36, Pioneers, before Smith extended their lead to 13 on a lay-up from Foukaris with 1:43 remaining. After Rudolph stopped the run with a jumper, Marquez would finish the stanza with a bucket to give Smith a 51-38 lead at the end of three.

Smith continued to pour it on in the fourth quarter as Marquez would seal the win with a pair of three-pointers to lift the Pioneers to victory.

Next, Springfield College will return to NEWMAC play on Saturday, January 13 when it takes on Emerson at 1 p.m. The game will be hosted at Western New England University.