Boston, Mass. - January 27, 2018 - Three student-athletes reached double digits in the scoring column to help fuel the Springfield College women's basketball team to a 72-60 win over Emerson in NEw England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon in the Brown & Plofker Gymnasium.
With the win, the Pride is now 15-5 on the season and 9-2 in NEWMAC play, while the loss drops the Lions to 7-11 overall and 6-5 against league opponents. The Pride, which held a 47-24 advantage in rebounds over the course of 40 minutes, shot 26-for-56 (46.4%) from the field in the win. The Lions were just 22-for-57 (38.6%) shooting in the setback.
Springfield College was led by Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.), who notched 18 points, while Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) produced her ninth double double of the season, collecting 17 points to go along with 14 rebounds. Additionally, Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) tallied 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in the win. The Lions were led by Sam Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.), who registered 12 points in the setback.
The Pride jumped out to an 11-2 lead over the first 5:05 on a basket from Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.), before opening up a 16-6 lead following a jumper from Allie Brennan (North Haven, Conn.) with 1:42 to play in the first quarter. With less than 12 seconds in the stanza, Goslin converted a lay-up and Restituyo hit a free-throw, giving Springfield College a 19-10 lead at the end of one.
A three-pointer from Goslin just 3:08 into the second quarter gave the Pride a 28-15 advantage, before a triple from Natalie Busch (Weybridge, England) pulled the Lions back to within nine, trailing 36-27 with 1:55 left in the first half. The score would remain 36-27 for the remainder of the quarter, sending the Pride into the locker room up nine.
Beginning the second half, Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) hit a free-throw to give Springfield College a 42-27 advantage, before a lay-up from King with 3:40 to play in the third made it 46-33, Pride. Emerson would come back to within 11 in the late stages of the quarter, but Laure Rudolph (Franklin, Mass.) would drill a three-pointer as time expired, potting the Pride a 53-39 lead heading to the fourth.
Restituyo helped the Pride open up a 18-point, 61-43 lead over the Lions on a lay-up, before a three-pointer from Leena Kardacz (Harleysville, Pa.) once again made it an 11-point contest with 3:57 to play. From there, McAllister and Restituyo were able to seal the game from the free-throw line, preserving the 72-60 win for the Pride.
Next, Springfield College will return to Blake Arena on Wednesday, January 31 as the Pride will host Coast Guard in NEWMAC play at 5:30 p.m.