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Women's Basketball Falls to William Paterson, 69-63, in ECAC Championship Semifinals

Women's Basketball Falls to William Paterson, 69-63, in ECAC Championship Semifinals

Washington, Pa. - March 3, 2018 - Despite a pair of double-double performances from Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.) and Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.), the Springfield College women's basketball team fell to William Paterson, 69-63, in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship Semifinals on Saturday evening in Henry Memorial Gym on the campus of Washington & Jefferson College.

With the loss, the Pride closes its season with an overall record of 20-9, marking the second-straight year and 10th time in program history that Springfield College women's basketball has recorded 20 wins in a season. William Paterson improves to 17-12 overall and advances to take on NYU in the ECAC Championship on Sunday, March 4.

Springfield College held a 45-41 rebound advantage over 40 minutes of play, while the Pride shot 24-of-72 (33.3%) from the field in the setback. William Paterson, which shot 26-of-61 (42.6%) in the victory, owned a 25-12 advantage in scoring off the bench.

King finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds in her final game with the Pride, while Restituyo posted a team-best 16 points and 10 boards in the loss. Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) finished with 14 points, including a trio of three-pointers, and Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) recorded 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals. 

The Pioneers were led by 19 points from Tori Woetzel (Wyckoff, N.J.), while Alisa Giordano (Wood-Ridge, N.J.) recorded 14 points of the bench in the victory. 

Springfield College started the game on a 9-0 run, capped by a lay-up from Restituyo at the 6:24 mark of the first quarter, before William Paterson pulled to within four on five-consecutive points from Woetzel, making it 9-5 at the 4:34 mark. A lay-up from King made it 15-9 with 1:43 on the clock, but Woetzel drained a jumper at the 39-second mark and Danica DeFrank (Fairfield, N.J.) drilled a three with five second to play to make it 15-14, Pride, after one. 

A three-pointer from Julie Rovito (Ridgefield Park, N.J.) made it 21-15, Pioneers, at the 6:53 mark of the second quarter, before a jumper from Ashley Rouleau (Chicopee, Mass.) pulled the Pride back to within two, trailing 27-25 with 1:56 left in the first half. From there, William Paterson would take a five-point lead on another triple from DeFrank, but four-straight free throws from Goslin made it 30-29 at the break.

Restituyo converted a lay-up just 1:09 into the second half to give Springfield College back a one-point advantage, but William Paterson would quickly take back a four-point advantage on a three-pointer from Giordano at the 7:21 mark. The Pride would bring it to within on on a free-throw from McAllister with 3:50 to go in the stanza, but Woetzel would drain a lay-up with 32 seconds remaining to give the Pioneers a 47-42 lead.

Two free throws from Rovito gave William Paterson a 10-point, 59-49 lead at the 6:38 mark, beore a lay-up from Goslin and a free throw from Restituyo pulled the Pride back to within seven with 4:24 to play. From there, Goslin hit a jumper with 42 seconds left to make it a four-point game, but William Paterson would convert their free throws down the stretch to seal the win.