Washington, Pa. - March 2, 2018 - Five student-athletes reached double figures in the scoring column as the Springfield College women's basketball team defeated Stevenson, 75-59, in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship Quarterfinals, hosted in Henry Memorial Gym at Washington & Jefferson College on Friday afternoon.
With the win, the Pride reached the 20-win plateau and improved to 20-8 on the year, while Stevenson closed its season with an overall mark of 17-12. This mark's the 10th time in program history that the Springfield College women's basketball team has produced 20 wins in a season, and eighth under the direction of head coach Naomi Graves. The Pride will now advance to take on the winner of William Paterson and Washington and Jefferson in the ECAC Championship Semifinals.
Springfield College shot 28-of-51 (49.1%) from the field in the victory, while the Mustangs were just 21-of-57 (36.8%) in the setback. The Pride owned the glass, holding a 42-26 advantage in rebounds, while producing the same margin of 42-26 points in the paint. Sophomore point guard Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) recorded a team-best 18 points in win, while Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) registered her 12th double double of the season, consisting of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Senior forward Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.) notched 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) had 14 and Ashley Rouleau (Chicopee, Mass.) tallied a career-high 10 points in the win.
Stevenson was led by Jonyae Curry (Finksburg, Md.), who came away with 20 points in the setback, while Kristine Tennyson (Westminster, Md.) hauled in a team-high six rebounds.
The Mustangs raced out to an early 7-2 lead following a basket from Olivia Coleman (Williamsport, Md.) just 2:24 into the contest, but a lay-up from Restituyo at the 5:57 mark gave the Pride a 9-8 advantage before Stevenson wrestled back a six-point, 14-8 lead on a lay-up from Curry. Springfield College would rally, taking a 16-14 lead on a lay-up from Goslin, but Brandi Hall (Severn, Md.) would even the score before the end of the first quarter, making it 16-16 after one.
Back-to-back baskets from Tennyson and Denia Campbell (Ewing, N.J.) gave Stevenson a 24-19 lead at the 4:47 mark of the second quarter, before Restituyo cut Springfield College's deficit to one, making it 27-26 with 1:50 to play in the first half. From there, Curry would drain a lay-up to give the Mustangs a 29-26 lead at the break.
Springfield College took a 32-31 lead with 6:31 to play in the third quarter on a basket from Restituyo, before consecutive baskets from King and Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) gave the Pride a 38-33 advantage at the 3:57 mark. Rouleau converted a three-point play to give Springfield College a 44-35 lead with 2:21 on the clock, and King would make another jumper to take a 46-40 lead with 43 seconds remaining, but a three from Campbell made it 46-43, Pride, at the end of three.
King got her own rebound and finished a lay-up 2:49 into the fourth quarter to give the Pride a comfortable 10-point lead, before a three-point play from McAllister made it 60-46, Springfield College, with 5:13 to play in the game. From there, Springfield College played sound defense and hit its free-throws to punch their ticket to the ECAC Championship Semifinals.