Springfield, Mass. - November 21, 2017 - The Springfield College women's basketball team brought its deficit to within three with 47 seconds to play, but the Pride could not complete the comeback, falling to Williams College, 58-54, on Tuesday evening in Blake Arena.
With the loss, the Pride leveled off to 2-2 on the season, while the Ephs picked up their third-consecutive win to start the season, now 3-0. Springfield College was 20-of-59 (33.9%) from the field over 40 minutes of play, while Williams shot 20-for-50 (40.0%) in the win.
Springfield College was led by a career-best 18 points out of sophomore forward Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.), while Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) and Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) had eight points apiece. Senior forward Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.) had a team-best seven rebounds, while Goslin led with five assists. For Williams, Ammani Fernandez (Corona, N.Y.) and Kristin Fechtelkotter (Medfield, Mass.) combined for 24 points, with Fernandez registering a team-best 15, while Fechtelkotter led the Ephs with a game-high eight boards.
A three-pointer from Lauren Vostal (Manasquan, N.J.), followed by a basket from Mikaela Topper (Cupertino, Calif.) gave the Ephs an early 5-2 advantage just 49 seconds in. After a pair of free throws from Restituyo to pull the Pride to within one, Williams went on a 6-0 run, capped by free throws from Fernandez to make it 11-4, Ephs, before Hall ended the run with a lay-up, making it 11-6 with 5:22 to play in the first quarter. Two free throws from Jacques brought Springfield College to within on, trailing 13-12 with 2:40 on the clock, before Maggie Meehan (Southington, Conn.) pushed the Ephs lead back to four with 2:25 on the clock. Fernandez drilled a three from the corner with 1:36 to play to give Williams a 19-12 advantage, before a pair of free throws from Meehan gave the visitors a 21-14 lead at the end of one.
Williams began the second half on a 7-2 run over 3:39, capped by a deep two from Meehan, before Jacques converted a nice inbound pass from Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) to make it 27-18 with 6:04 to play in the frame. A basket from Molly Altholz (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) pulled the Pride back to within nine, making it 29-20 with 3:41 left in the half, before Hall knocked down one of her two chances from the free-throw line to make it an eight-point game with 2:50 to play. A baseline jumper from Altholz kept Springfield College within eight with less than a minute on the clock, before Fernandez laid in a basket as time expired, giving the Ephs a 33-23 halftime lead.
King dropped a pair of free throws to being the second half, pulling the Pride to within eight, before McAllister finished a baseline lay-up to make it 33-27, Williams, with 8:05 to play in the third. Goslin converted a lay-up to bring Springfield College to within four, a margin that would stand for 2:17 until Emily Chang (Newton, Mass.) hit a three, making it 38-31 Ephs with 3:01 on the clock. After another basket from Hall made it a five-point game, Topper would hit two more from the free-throw line to make it 40-33, Williams, with 2:06 to go in the third. Allie Brennan (North Haven, Conn.) knocked down a corner three to end the quarter, making it 40-36, Ephs, heading to the fourth.
After Williams opened up a nine-point lead to begin the fourth quarter, Springfield College pulled to within five after Goslin came up with a steal before dishing a pass to Jacques for an easy finish with 4:07 remaining in the game. Facing a five-point deficit with 1:59 to go following a deep two from Hall, the sophomore came up with a basket in transition to make it 53-50, Williams, with 47 seconds on the clock. Fernandez would only convert one of her two chances from the free-throw line to give the Ephs a four-point advantage, before Fechtelkotter pushed Williams' lead to five, up 55-50 with 26.1 seconds on the clock. Goslin would drain a lay-up at the other end to keep the Pride within five, but another free throw from Fernandez sealed the four-point win for the Ephs.
Next, Springfield College will open up New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Wednesday, November 29 when it travels to Coast Guard for a 7 p.m. contest.