Springfield, Mass. - January 13, 2018 - All five starters reached double digits in the scoring column as the Springfield College women's basketball team cruised to an 80-50 victory over Emerson College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon. The contest was played in Western New England University's Alumni Healthful Living Center.
With the win, the Pride is now 12-4 on the year with a 6-2 mark in league play, while Emerson falls to 5-9 on the year, with a 3-4 record against conference opponents. The Pride, which held a significant 51-31 advantage on the glass, also shot a blistering 28-fo-60 (46.7%) from the field, while the Lions were just 15-for-60 (25.0%) in the setback.
Leading the Pride was sophomore guard Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine), who recorded a career-best 17 points to go along with seven rebounds, six blocks and three steals, while Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) also recorded 17 points and added in three assists, three steals and three rebounds. Junior guard Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) continued her breakout season, as she produced her seventh double double of the year, tallying 15 points and 13 rebounds in the win.
Leading Emerson was Kate Foultz (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), who notched eight points off the bench, while Ashley Toner (Barnegat, N.J.) contributed seven points in the loss.
Springfield College jumped out to a 9-2 lead over the first 3:17, capped by a free throw from Goslin, before a three-pointer from Foultz pulled the Lions back to within five, still trailing 9-5 with 6:34 on the clock. A three-point play from Restituyo gave Springfield College a 12-5 lead with 6:17 to play in the frame, before the Lions pulled even at 12 with a quick 7-0 run, capped by another triple from Foultz with 4:11 on the clock. From there, the Pride pushed its lead back to seven on a pair of free throws from Goslin, before Charlie Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) knocked down a pair for herself to make it 19-14, Pride, at the end of one.
A lay-up from Restituyo just 2:27 into the second quarter gave the Pride a 10-point, 24-14 lead over Emerson, before the junior forward canned a free throw with 4:10 to play in the half, making it 27-16, Springfield College. From there, Emerson would pull back to within seven, but the Pride would end the half on a 6-0 run, finished off on a lay-up from Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.) to make it 33-20, Springfield College, at the break.
McAllister opened the second half with a three-pointer, assisted by Goslin, a basket that sparked a 17-0 run to start the third, giving the Pride a 50-20 lead with 6:25 on the clock. From there, a pair of free throws from Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) with 3:29 on the clock made it 54-26, Pride, before a lay-up from Restituyo with 10 seconds remaining in the frame gave Springfield College a 60-34 advantage.
Jacques knocked down back-to-back jumpers to begin the fourth to push the Pride's lead to 27, now up 65-38, before the sophomore hit two more buckets late in the fourth to make it 71-44, Springfield College, with 3:55 to play. In the final minutes of the game, Maddy Fay (Braintree, Mass.) converted a free throw and then hit a lay-up to seal the 30-point win for the Pride.
Up next, Springfield College will hit the road and take on Wesleyan in non-conference on Monday, January 15 at 7 p.m.