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Women's Basketball Races Past Wheaton, 70-56, For Sixth-Straight Conference Win

Springfield, Mass. - February 3, 2018 - Four starters reached double digits in the scoring column as the Springfield College women's basketball team raced to a 76-50 win over Wheaton in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon in Blake Arena.

With the win, Springfield College improves to 17-5 overall and 11-2 in NEWMAC play, while the Lyons are now 7-14 on the season with a 2-10 record against league opponents. The Pride, which owned a 42-26 advantage on the glass through 40 minutes of play, shot an impressive 27-for-58 (46.6%) from the field, while the Lyons were just 16-of-49 (32.7%) shooting in the setback. Springfield College's sixth-straight NEWMAC win marks the longest in-conference win streak for the Pride since the 2010-11 season.

Leading the Pride was sophomore guard Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.), who registered 17 points to go along with three rebounds, two assists and two steals, while Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) produced her 10th double double of the season, consisting of 12 points and 12 rebounds in just 25 minutes of play. The Pride's bench totaled 23 points in the win, as the crew was led by Maddy Fay (Braintree, Mass.), who tallied eight points and five boards, while Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) had five points and five rebounds in the win. 

Wheaton was led by sophomore guard Natalie Wind (New Canaan, Conn.), who had 12 points on four three-pointers, while Rebecca Olivieri (Milton, Mass.) finished with seven points in the setback.

Springfield College jumped out to an early 8-5 lead over the Lyons following a pair of free throws from Restituyo at the 5:19 mark, before a corner three from Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) gave the Pride a 13-9 lead with 2:17 left in the quarter. Goslin canned a pair of free-throws to push the Pride's lead to six, but Wheaton countered with back-to-back three-pointers from Wind to make it 15-15. As time expired in the frame, Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) got an offensive rebound and put-back lay-up to give Springfield College a 17-15 lead at the end of one. 

The Pride opened the second quarter on a 5-0 run including lay-ups from Goslin and Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.) to take a 22-15 lead, before McAllister splashed a deep three with 4:41 to play, making it 26-16, Pride. With 1:30 to play in the half, Jacques knocked down a jumper to give the Pride a 29-22 lead, a margin that the Pride would carry into the break. 

A jumper from Goslin with 6:32 to play in the third gave Springfield College a nine-point, 36-27 lead, before Restituyo converted a three-point play to make it 39-27, at the 6:05 mark. Restituyo's basket sparked a 12-0 run for the Pride, as the maroon and white took a 51-29 lead on a lay-up from Hall, before Ruthie Zientek (Holmdel, N.J.) stopped the run with a free-throw at the 2:12 mark, making it 51-30. With 45 seconds to play in the third, Ashley Rouleau (Chicopee, Mass.) canned a corner three to give the Pride a 56-33 lead, before two free throws for the Lyons made it 56-35, at the end of three.

Springfield College took a 32-point lead on back-to-back baskets from McAllister, before a jumper from Casey Kaplan (Suffield, Conn.) cut the Lyons deficit back to 27 with 5:42 to play. A steal and finish in transition for Goslin gave Springfield College a 71-48 lead over the Lyons with 1:48 remaining, before Allie Brennan (North Haven, Conn.) snuck a pass to Fay to push the Pride's lead to 24 in the late stages of the contest. From there, Springfield College's bench was able to seal the win, helping the Pride to its 17th win of the year. 

Up next, Springfield College will hit the road and take on Clark on Wednesday, February 7 in NEWMAC play at 7 p.m.