Springfield, Mass. - December 31, 2016 - Behind 24 points and eight rebounds from senior center Ava Adamopoulos (Ludlow, Mass.), the Springfield College women's basketball team defeated Framingham State, 76-62, in the Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic on Saturday afternoon in Blake Arena.
With the win, Springfield College is now 6-4 overall, while Framingham State suffers its second-straight loss and is now 9-2 on the year. The Pride was 27-of-55 (49.1%) from the field in the victory, while the Rams were 26-of-63 (41.3%) in the setback. Springfield College held a 40-30 advantage on the glass as well as assisting 21 of its 27 field goals on the afternoon.
Along with Adamopoulos, the Pride also received impressive performances from Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.), who notched 16 points to go along with a pair of rebounds, while senior guard Lexi Windwer (Milton, Mass.) posted 14 points, including four from behind the arc. Along with Friday's performance, and a nine-point, eight-rebound performance on Saturday, the Pride's Gracie Restituyo (Jersey City, N.J.) was named to the All-Tournament team.
Framingham State was led by Raegan Mulherin (Baldwinville, Mass.), who notched 17 points, while Quinn O'Connell (Sterling, Mass.) chipped in 15 points on the afternoon. Mulherin and Tiphani Harris (Revere, Mass.) both pulled down a team-high six rebounds. For her efforts, O'Connell was named to the All-Tournament team.
Springfield College jumped out to an early 6-0 lead following a lay-up from Windwer at the 7:29 mark of the first quarter, before a five-point run from the Rams, capped by a lay-up from Tiphani Harris (Revere, Mass.) to make it 6-5, Pride, midway through one. Still holding on to a one-point lead with 3:22 left in the frame, Springfield College received three-pointers from Molly McCausland (Millbury, Mass.) and Windwer to make it 17-9, before Quinn O'Connell (Sterling, Mass.) made it a two-point game with a three of her own with 18 seconds left in the frame.
Even at 29 points with 6:40 left in the half, back-to-back lay-ups from Adamopoulos gave the Pride a four-point cushion, before a three-pointer from Raegan Mulherin (Baldwinville, Mass.) and a pair of free throws from Harris gave the Rams a 34-33 lead with 3:01 to play in the stanza. After the Pride regained a three-point lead on a pair of free throws from Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.), Lauren Donahue (Attleboro, Mass.) converted a lay-up with 1:29 to play to send it into halftime, 37-36, Springfield College.
Back-to-back lay-ups from Connolly and Alycia Rackliffe (Feeding Hills, Mass.) gave the Rams a three-point lead to begin the second half, before Springfield College pulled even on another three from Windwer just 2:50 into the frame. Adamopoulos would convert a pair of baskets in the final minute of the third quarter to give the Pride a 49-46 lead heading into the fourth.
Four consecutive points from King gave the Pride a 56-53 lead just 2:47 into the frame, before a pair of free throws from Adamopoulos made it 58-53, Springfield College. With just under six minutes to play, a three-pointer from O'Connell forced it back to a two-point game, before a free-throw from Danielle Racette (North Adams, Mass.) and an offensive rebound and finish from Adamopoulos made it 61-56, Pride. From there, another three from Windwer, followed by a pair of free throws from McAllister and a basket from Adamopoulos gave Springfield College a 10-point lead with 4:01 to play. From there, Springfield College was able to push its lead to 14, which it held for the victory.
Up next, Springfield College will resume play when it takes on Clark on Wednesday, January 4 in Worcester. Tip will be at 11 a.m.
Roger Williams vs. Middlebury -- Championship Game
Junior guard Sarah Kaufman (Boulder, Colo.) registered 21 points and Catherine Harrison (Duxbury, Mass.) notched 14 points and eight rebounds as the Middlebury College women's basketball team won the 2016 Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic over Roger Williams, 52-47, on Saturday evening in Blake Arena.
With the win, the Panthers improve to 8-1 on the year, while the Hawks fall to 5-4 overall. Middlebury shot 20-of-62 (32.3%) in the win, while Roger Williams was just 18-of-57 (31.6%) from the field in the setback.
Roger Williams jumped out to an early 6-3 lead following a three-pointer from Anna Walther (Northampton, Mass.) just 2:49 into the contest, but then back-to-back lay-ups from Kaufman and Harrison, and a jumper from Colleen Caveney (Andover, Mass.) gave the Panthers a 9-6 lead with 4:35 to play in the first. After the Hawks clawed back to within one, Alex Huffman (Lynn, Mass.) drilled a three from the wing, putting Middlebury up 11-8, but a lay-up from Quilty made it 11-10, Panthers, at the end of one.
The scoring in the second quarter picked up midway through the stanza, when baskets from Quilty and Mariah Nicholas (Acushnet, Mass.) gave Roger Williams a 14-11 lead with 4:28 to play in the half. From there, the Hawks would hold onto the lead, heading to the locker room up 18-17.
Even at 29 late in the third quarter, Middlebury pulled away by two points on a lay-in from Harrison, but the Hawks would end the stanza on a 5-0 run, capped by a three pointer from Stephanie Bramante (Stoneham, Mass.) to give Roger Williams a 34-31 lead at the end of three.
In the fourth quarter, the Hawks took a 42-36 lead over Middlebury after a lay-up from Gabby Jerahian (Quincy, Mass.), but baskets from Harrison and Caveney would give the Panthers a slight 45-44 lead with 56 seconds remaining. From there, Kaufman and Betsy Knox (Bethesda, Md.) would convert their free-throws to seal the five-point win.
Most Valuable Player: Sarah Kaufman (Middlebury)
Roger Williams - Bridget Quilty
Roger Williams - Anna Walther
Middlebury - Colleen Caveney
Springfield College - Gracie Restituyo
Framingham State - Quinn O'Connell