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Women's Basketball Suffers First Conference Loss; Pride falls to WPI, 54-49

Women's Basketball Suffers First Conference Loss; Pride falls to WPI, 54-49

Worcester, Mass. - January 3, 2017 - Despite 14 points from sophomore guard Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.), the Springfield College women's basketball team suffered its first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) loss of the season, as the Pride fell to WPI, 54-49, on Wednesday night in Harrington Auditorium.

With the loss, Springfield College's seven-game win streak comes to an end as the Pride is now 9-3 overall with a 3-1 mark in conference play. The Engineers are now 9-3 on the year with a 2-1 record against conference opponents. Coming into Wednesday's contest, WPI had the fourth-ranked defense in all of Division III women's basketball, as the Engineers were only allowing 44.3 points per game.

Springfield College, which shot 18-for-51 (35.3%) in the loss, was led by Goslin's 14 points, as Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) contributed eight points and nine rebounds. WPI, which was 19-of-57 (33.3%) shooting on the night, was led by 19 points from Madison Beck (Syracuse, N.Y.), while Ama Biney (Worcester, Mass.) chipped in 12 points and a team-best nine rebounds in the win. Springfield College held a 40-35 advantage on the glass over 40 minutes of play.

After battling back-and-forth for the first 2:58, WPI opened a 10-7 advantage on a three-pointer from Brittney Lambert (Hudson, N.H.) at the 6:01 mark, before the Engineers took a five-point, 12-7, lead on a good jumper from Beck with 5:35 on the clock. From there, WPI would maintain their five-point lead on another basket from Beck, but a jumper from Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) cut the Pride's deficit to three, trailing 18-15 with 58 seconds to play in the first, a margin the Engineers would take to the second quarter.

Back-to-back baskets from Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.), followed by a triple from Allie Brennan (North Haven, Conn.) gave the Pride a 22-18 advantage just 2:24 into the second quarter, before two free throws from Restituyo and a basket from Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.) pushed Springfield College's lead to eight, leading 28-20 with 4:38 to play in the first half. From there, WPI would end the half on a 6-0 run to make it 28-26, Pride, heading into the break.

A three-pointer from McAllister, followed by a basket from Goslin gave Springfield College a 35-30 lead 1:56 into the second half, before the Engineers evened the score at 35 on a pair of free-throws from Stasha Greenalch (Newington, Conn.) at the 5:49 mark. Even at 41 apiece following a basket from Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.), Biney would convert a three-pointer as time expired in the third quarter to give WPI a 44-41 lead heading to the fourth.

A free throw from Brianna Dozier (Dedham, Mass.) with 4:37 left gave the Engineers a 50-47 lead over the Pride, before a pair of free throws from Restituyo pulled the Pride back to within one, trailing 50-49 with 3:21 to play. With 24.6 seconds to play, Greenalch converted a pair from the line to make it 52-49, WPI, and Biney came up with a big steal and Beck hit two more from the stripe to ice the victory for the Engineers.

Next up, Springfield College will continue NEWMAC play as the Pride will hit the road and take on Wellesley on Saturday, January 6 at 2 p.m.