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Women's Basketball Defeats Wellesley, 51-29; Graves Earns 400th Win at Springfield College

Springfield, Mass - December 2, 2017 - Led by eight points and 15 rebounds from junior forward Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.), the Springfield College women's basketball team picked up a 51-29 win over Wellesley College on Saturday afternoon in Blake Arena. Saturday's win for the Pride marked the 400th victory for Naomi Graves during her time as the head coach at Springfield College.

The Pride now hold a record of 4-2 on the year and 2-0 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play, while the Blue falls to 3-3 overall with a 1-1 record against conference opponents. Springfield College dominated the glass, holding a 47-25 advantage in rebounds, while the Pride shot 21-of-57 (36.8%) from the floor in the win. Wellesley shot a dismal 12-for-45 (26.7%) over 40 minutes of play. Additionally, the Pride held the Blue to shooting just 1-18 (5.6%) from three while the Pride shot 6-18 (33.3%) from deep and assisted on 15 of their 21 baskets on the day.

Leading the Pride offensively was Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) and Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) as the two sophomores registered 11 points apiece. Goslin also produced four steals and three assists, while Jacques had six rebounds for the Pride. Junior Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) had a strong game for Springfield College, as she totaled eight points, six rebounds and a pair of steals in the win.

The Blue was led by Kendall You Mak (San Francisco, Calif.) and Caitlin Aguirre (El Paso, Texas), who notched six points apiece, while Zojajha Ayub (Belle Mead, N.J.) and Kayla Jang (South Pasadena, Calif.) hauled in four rebounds each.

The Pride got out to a hot start against the Blue, as the Pride ended the first quarter with a 13-6 lead, fueled by Jacques who had six points to go along with three rebounds, two assists, and a block in just 10 minutes of play. After You Mak made a lay-up that gave the Blue a 6-5 lead with 5:19 to play in the frame, Jacques drilled a three-pointer, which was followed by a basket from Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.),before Jacques converted again from deep, giving the Pride a 13-6 lead at the end of one.

After Lane Arkangel (Redondo Beach, Calif.) made a lay-up with 6:40 to play in the first half, cutting the Blue's deficit to three, Springfield went on a 10-0 run over the next 4:23, capped by a lay-up from Restituyo, giving the Pride a 23-10 lead with 1:44 to play in the stanza. Arkangel hit two free throws with 1:35 on the clock, a score that would remain until the halftime break. 

At the break, Springfield College had eight people who notched at least one basket, as the highlight of the half was the Pride's stellar defensive play, holding Wellesley to just 27.8 percent from the field, including 0-for-7 from beyond the arc. 

Opening the second half, the Blue crawled back into the contest, as it scored nine points in the first 3:03 to make it 25-21, Springfield College, before Restituyo came up with a huge basket that sparked an 8-0 run which was capped by a three-pointer from Jacques, making the score 32-23 in favor of the Pride. 

Entering the fourth quarter with a 10-point lead, Springfield College pushed its advantage to 15 on a basket from Goslin with 5:20 on the clock, before a pair of three-pointers from McAllister and a lay-up from Restituyo made it 47-26, Pride, with 3:14 to play. A jumper from Goslin with 1:30 remaining gave the Pride 51 points, as Alyssa Cho (Hillsborough, Calif.) converted a free-throw with 1:09 to play, making it 51-29, Springfield College, a score that would remain for the rest of the game.

Up next, Springfield College will return to Blake Arena on Wednesday, December 6 as the Pride will host Mount Holyoke in NEWMAC play at 7 p.m.