Springfield, Mass. - January 8, 2019 - Senior forward Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) notched 15 points and collected 16 rebounds as the Springfield College women's basketball team held on to defeat Coast Guard, 63-50, on Tuesday afternoon in Blake Arena. For the game, the Pride welcomed over 300 students from Springfield Elementary Schools including Lincoln Elementary School, William N. DeBerry Elementary School and Elias Brookings Elementary School as part of an intiative set forth between the Springfield College Department of Athletics and the Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement.
With the win, the Pride improved to 9-5 overall with an unbeaten mark of 5-0 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play, while Coast Guard fell to 3-10 on the year, with a 2-3 record against league foes.
Springfield College, which shot 22-for-60 (36.7%) from the field in the victory, was led by Restituyo and Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine), who had 13 points, nine rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block. Additionally, Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) notched 12 points, three steals and two rebounds, while Grace Dzindolet (Holliston, Mass.) came off the bench and contributed 10 points, two steals and one rebound.
Coast Guard was just 16-for-56 (28.6%) from the field in the setback, and was led by 23 points from Kyra Hartman (Shillington, Pa.), while Micaela Martinelli (Vero Beach, Fla.) finished with eight points and three boards. Springfield College held a 49-36 advantage on the glass in the win.
Springfield College jumped out to an early 10-3 margin following a block from Jacques, before the junior finished off a pair of free throws at the 3:43 mark of the first quarter. From there, the Pride pushed its lead to 12 on a three pointer from Lauren Rudolph (Franklin, Mass.), capping a 13-0 run to make it 15-3 with 2:49 to play in the first stanza. After Coast Guard pulled back to within eight on a three pointer from Annabella Farabaugh (Atlanta, Ga.) with 39 seconds to play in the frame, Restituyo answered with a lay-up to give the hosts a 20-11 lead after one.
The Pride opened the second quarter with 12-consecutive points, including six from Restituyo to take a 32-11 lead over the Bears, before a lay-up from Jacques with 4:29 to play made it 36-13, Springfield College. The maroon and white controlled its 23-point advantage until 1:25 remaining when Jacques drained two more free throws to make it 41-16, but Hartman hit a three with 1:12 on the clock, and converted a lay-up as time expired, making it 41-21 at the break.
Hartman nailed a jumper with 5:20 remaining in the third quarter to cut the Bears' deficit to 16, making it 42-26, but with 3:01 to play, Rudolph hit a jumper that sparked a 7-0 run to end the frame, capped by a triple from Dzindolet to make it 51-28 heading to the fourth.
Coast Guard began to chip away at the 23-point deficit as Martinelli hit a three pointer with 6:57 remaining to make it 54-33, before Emma Puddington (Castorland, N.Y.) knocked down a jumper of her own with 2:25 remaining to make it a 13-point, 59-46 game with the Pride. After Breanna Wood (Somerset, Mass.) knocked down a jumper with 47 seconds remaining to pull Coast Guard to within 11, Goslin hit two free throws to seal the 13-point win for the maroon and white.
Springfield College will continue NEWMAC play on Saturday, January 12 when it hosts MIT at 1 p.m. in Blake Arena.