Springfield, Mass. - February 28, 2018 - For the second-straight season, the Springfield College women's basketball team advanced in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship Tournament, as the Pride defeated Brandeis, 58-46, on Wednesday evening in Blake Arena.
With the win, the Pride improve to 19-8 on the year and advance to take on Stevenson on Friday, March 2, while with the loss, Brandeis closes its 2017-18 season with an overall record of 12-13. Springfield College was 18-of-45 (40.0%) from the field in the victory, while the Judges were just 17-of-58 (29.3%) in the setback. Brandeis owned a 40-33 edge in rebounds over 40 minutes of play, and also outscored the Pride in the paint, 26-18.
Sophomore point guard Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) led the Pride with a career-best 19 points, while she also posted three assists and three steals in the win. Playing in her final game in Blake Arena, senior forward Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.) collected seven points and five boards. Brandeis was led by Katherine Puda (Whitinsville, Mass.) and Camila Casanueva (Santa Barbara, Calif.), who registered 10 points apiece, while Katie Goncalo (Fall River, Mass.) notched eight points of her own in the loss.
Springfield College jumped out to an early 11-4 lead following basket from Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) at the 4:56 mark of the first quarter, before the junior forward canned a free throw, giving the Pride a 12-4 advantage with 3:40 on the clock. Holding a 14-4 lead late in the stanza, Goslin buried a lay-up to push the Pride's lead to 12, before Ashley Rouleau (Chicopee, Mass.) drilled a three-pointer, giving Springfield College a 19-4 lead at the end of one.
Brandeis scored its first points in eight minutes when Noel Hodges (Southampton, N.Y.) converted one of her two free-throw chances to make it 19-5, Pride, before Joelle MarkAnthony (Wallingford, Conn.) made it a 13-point game after hitting a free throw of her own with 7:03 to play in the half. Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) answered with a pair of her own from the stripe at the 5:37 mark to make it 21-6, Pride, before Goslin hit a lay-up just before the shot clock expired to push the Pride's lead to 17. Brandeis pulled back to within 13 when Hodges hit two more from the free-throw line, making it 25-12, Springfield College, before Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) buried a three-pointer to send the Pride into the locker room with a 28-12 advantage.
Goncalo and Hodges hit back-to-back baskets for the Judges to make it 28-14 just 1:22 into the second half, but McAllister answered with a jumper of her own, before King knocked one down from the baseline to make it 32-16, Pride, with 7:22 to play in the third quarter. A three-pointer from Puda made it a nine-point game, before Casanueva came up with a steal and basket in transition to make it 34-27, Pride, with 2:02 on the clock, but Maddy Fay (Braintree, Mass.) pushed Springfield College's lead back to nine with a pair from the stripe at the 1:36 mark. Puda drilled another from deep to make it a six-point, 36-30, before the freshman guard hit a lay-up making it 37-32, Pride, at the end of three.
Sophomore guard Lauren Rudolph (Franklin, Mass.) opened the fourth quarter with a three-pointer to make it 40-32, Pride, before a 6-2 spurt, capped by an offensive board and lay-up from Fay pushed Springfield College's lead back to 12, now leading 46-34. Holding a 49-40 lead with 1:27 to play, Restituyo converted one of her two free throws to make it 50-40, Pride, before Hannah Nicholson (Sunderland, Vt.) answered with a basket of her own to keep it an eight-point game. From there, Goslin was able to seal it from the free-throw line, as she added six points in the final minute of the contest.
Springfield College will now travel to host Washington and Jefferson for an ECAC Championship Quarterfinal contest with Stevenson on Friday, March 2.