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Women's Basketball Holds On to Defeat WPI, 56-44

Springfield, Mass. - January 24, 2018 - Behind 19 points from junior guard Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.), the Springfield College women's basketball team defeated WPI, 56-44, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Wednesday night in Blake Arena. 

With the win, the Pride is now 14-5 overall and 8-2 in NEWMAC play, while the Engineers fall to 14-5 on the year and 7-3 against league opponents. Springfield College, which owned a 36-30 advantage on rebounds over 40 minutes of play, shot 19-of-48 (39.6%), while WPI was only 14-of-48 (29.2%) from the field in the setback.

Along with 19 points from McAllister, Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) posted 14 points to go along with four rebounds, three blocks and two steals, and Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) totaled eight points and 15 rebounds in the win. The Engineers were led by Ama Biney (Worcester, Mass.), who had 10 points and eight boards, while Maura Buckley (Melrose, Mass.) chipped in six points and eight rebounds in the loss. 

Facing a 5-2 deficit after a basket from Buckley, Restituyo hit a pair of free-throws and Jacques converted a lay-up in transition to give Springfield College a 6-5 lead with 6:05 to play in the first quarter. Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.) would tie it up at 10 with her third field goal of the first quarter, but on WPI's ensuing possession, Alyssa Paul (Schaghticoke, N.Y.) stepped into a three-pointer, which fell to make it 13-10, Engineers. McAllister would convert from deep with 55 seconds on the clock, before Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) dropped one from the free-throw line, giving the Pride a 14-13 lead at the end of one. 

Springfield College pushed its lead to five on a pair of fast-break lay-ups from Jacques, making it 18-13, before McAllister knocked down a jumper to make it 20-13, Pride, with 5:36 on the clock. A three-pointer from the junior guard with 2:54 to play in the first half made it 23-16, Springfield College, but with 1:07 on the clock, Maddie Blake (Bedford, N.H.) converted a three-point play, making it 23-19 in the Pride's favor at the break. 

The Pride made it 28-19 in the opening 2:56 of the second half after a triple from Jacques and lay-up from Restituyo, before WPI climbed back to within five on a lay-up from Brittney Lambert (Hudson, N.H.), making it 30-25, Springfield College, at the 5:31 mark. From there, back-to-back baskets from Lauren Rudolph (Franklin, Mass.) and Restituyo made it 34-25, Pride, with 3:37 to play in the third, before WPI scored six unanswered to make it 34-31. McAllister ended the frame with a deep three to give Springfield College a 37-31 lead heading to the fourth.

King opened the fourth with a basket off of a nice feed from McAllister to make it 39-31, Pride, before Biney hit a free-throw, bringing the Engineers back to within five with 6:27 to play. Two free-throws from McAllister, followed by a lay-up from the junior at the 4:08 mark gave Springfield College a 10-point, 45-35 lead over WPI. Biney would hit two free-throws for the Engineers with 1:56 to play, making it a seven-point game, but the Pride was able to seal the win from the free-throw line in the late stages of the contest.

Up next, Springfield College will hit the road and take on Emerson in Boston, Mass. at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 27.