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Women's Basketball Drops Non-Conference Decision to Wesleyan, 71-63

Women's Basketball Drops Non-Conference Decision to Wesleyan, 71-63

Middletown, Conn. - January 15, 2018 - For the third time in the last four games, sophomore guard Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) established a new career-high in points, as she registered 18 in a 71-63 setback for the Springfield College women's basketball team at Wesleyan in Silloway Arena on Monday night. 

With the loss, Springfield College drops to 12-5 on the year, while the Cardinals improve to 10-5 overall. The Pride, which shot 40 percent (26-of-65) in the contest, held a 41-37 advantage on the glass, but a 16-4 margin in bench points and a 16-8 edge in second-chance points fell in favor of Wesleyan. The Cardinals shot 28-for-60 (48.3%) in the victory. 

The Pride was led by Jacques' 18 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore point guard Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) registered 16 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists. Junior guard Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) also had 12 points on the night, while Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) produced 11 points and seven rebounds in the loss. 

Leading the Cardinals was Maeve Vitale (Roswell, Ga.), who notched 16 points, while Olivia Gorman (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) contributed 14 points in the win. 

Springfield College jumped out to an early 6-2 lead over the first 3:47, capped by a lay-up from Jacques, before back-to-back three-pointers from Gorman pulled the Cardinals even at 10 apiece with 3:39 to play in the frame. From there, Restituyo converted a lay-up to make it 14-13, Pride, with 2:18 to go, before a basket from Heidi Scarth (East Setauket, N.Y.) granted Wesleyan a 15-14 lead at the end of one.

Beginning the second quarter, the Cardinals would take a three-point lead before it was quickly erased by a three-pointer from McAllister, making it 17-17 at the 9:34 mark. McAllister would convert again with 6:48 to play in the half, giving the Pride a 22-19 advantage, but Vitale answered with a lay-up, followed by a triple to give the Cardinals a 30-26 lead with 1:27 to play. After Goslin made two free throws with 3.9 seconds on the clock, Chynna Bailey (Brooklyn, N.Y.) heaved up a buzzer beater that would fall, sending the hosts into the locker room with a 35-30 lead over the Pride. 

Trailing by three following a triple from Jacques, making it 39-36, Wesleyan, 2:19 into the second half, Wesleyan forced their lead back to seven on a free throw from Bailey and a lay-up from Gorman, making it 47-40, Cardinals, with 3:28 to play in the third. Lay-ups from Restituyo and Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) pulled the Pride back to within three, trailing 47-44 with 2:51 on the clock, before Scarth converted a basket of her own, giving the hosts a 55-46 lead at the end of three. 

A three-point play from Maddie Bledsoe (Newton, Mass.) to open the fourth quarter pushed Wesleyan's lead to 12, before consecutive jumpers from Jacques and Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.) brought Springfield College back to within eight with 7:37 to play, trailing 58-50. Berger converted shots on consecutive possessions to make it a 12-point game, but the Pride rallied back to within seven, benefitting from a three-pointer from Jacques and lay-up from McAllister, making it 70-63, Cardinals, with 55 seconds left. From there, all it took was a free throw from Gorman to seal the 71-63 win.

Up next, Springfield College will hit the road and take on Babson in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday, January 20 at 1 p.m.