Women's Basketball Hangs On to Defeat Farmingdale State, 60-58, in Amherst College Tip Off Tournament

Women's Basketball Hangs On to Defeat Farmingdale State, 60-58, in Amherst College Tip Off Tournament

Amherst, Mass. - November 18, 2017 - Sophomore guard Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) drained a lay-up with 10 seconds to go to give Springfield College a 59-57 lead, before Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.) sealed the 60-58 win with a free-throw, as the Springfield College women's basketball team defeated Farmingdale State in the Amherst College Tip Off Tournament, hosted in LeFrak Gymnasium on the campus of Amherst College.

With the win, the Pride is off to a 2-0 start for the second time in the last three years, while the Rams drop second game of the year to fall to 0-2 on the season. Springfield College shot 24-for-72 (33.3%) in the win, while Farmingdale State was 21-for-63 (33.3%) from the floor over 40 minutes of play. The battle down low fell in the Pride's favor, as it picked up 52 rebounds to the Rams' 46, while Springfield College outscored Farmingdale State in the paint, 32-20.

Leading the Pride was junior forward Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.), who had 16 points, 13 of which came in the second half, and nine rebounds, while Goslin finished with 12 points, five rebounds and four assists. Sophomore forward Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) had nine points, all in the first half, and nine boards, while King had a game-high 10 rebounds.

The Rams were led by 27 combined points from Essence Casey (Huntington Station, N.Y.) and Khandra Rhoden (Brentwood, N.Y.), while Casey also had a team-best nine rebounds. 

Springfield College jumped out to an early 13-6 lead midway through the first quarter as Goslin and Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) drilled back-to-back three-pointers, forcing a timeout from the Rams. Following a basket from Casey to make it 15-11, Pride, the maroon and white finished the stanza on a 6-0 run, capped by a corner three from Jacques to make it 21-11, Springfield College, after 10 minutes of play.

Opening the second half, a lay-up from King pushed the Pride's lead to 12 with 7:17 to go in the half, but pulled to within six on a free throw from Jasmine Sapp (Islip, N.Y.), making it 25-19, Springfield College, with 5:42 on the clock. The Pride pushed its lead back to 12 on back-to-back lay-ups from Goslin and Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) to make it 31-19, but an Alexis Antonacci (Plainview, N.Y.) jumper with 1:57 to go would make it a seven-point game, a margin that would remain until Springfield College took a 33-26 lead into the locker room.

McAllister's lay-up just 1:36 into the second half helped the Pride's lead back to 10, before a three-point play from Rhoden with 6:19 to play in the third quarter made it a seven-point game, Springfield College leading 38-31. The Rams would come all the way to within three points of the Pride on a lay-up from Sapp with 1:27 on the clock, but baskets from Restituyo, which sandwiched a three-pointer from Goslin, gave the Pride a 49-40 lead at the end of three.

King's reverse lay-up to kick off the fourth quarter made it an 11-point game, before the Rams charged back to even the score at 53 apiece on a three-pointer from Kaelyn Ward (East Hampton, N.Y.) with 3:17 to play. Following a pair of free-throws from Goslin to push the Pride's lead back to two, Casey knocked down a triple of her own to give Farmingdale State a 56-55 lead with 2:50 on the clock. Even at 57 with less than a minute remaining in the game, Goslin drained the shot clock before driving to her right and throwing up a lay-up, which fell, to give the Pride a 59-57 lead with 10 seconds remaining. 

Farmingdale State had their chance to tie it up, but Rhoden was only good on one-of-two free-throws, before King sealed the two-point win from the stripe at the other end.

Next, Springfield College will take on No. 3-ranked and defending NCAA Division III National Champion Amherst College at 4 p.m. back in LeFrak Gymnasium on Sunday, November 18.