Springfield, Mass. - January 25, 2017 - Senior guard Lexi Windwer (Milton, Mass.) broke the Springfield College women's basketball program record for three-pointers in a career, as she hit her 181st career triple to help lead the Pride past Mount Holyoke, 92-30, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Wednesday evening in Blake Arena.
Coming into Wednesday night's game, Windwer needed just one three pointer to break the record, and just 3:31 into the second half, Windwer drilled a three from the wing that lifted her past the program's previous record holder, Tara McCarthy, who recorded 180 three-pointers from 2004-2008. Windwer has been red hot from behind the arc this season, as coming into the contest, she had drilled 28 three pointers in her last eight games.
With the win, the Pride improve to 13-5 overall and 8-1 in league play, while with the loss, the Lyons fall to 2-15 on the year and 0-10 in the NEWMAC. Springfield College shot blistering 38-for-72 (52.8%) from the field in the victory, while the Lyons were just 11-of-40 (27.5%) in the setback. The Pride dominated in rebounds, holding a 44-22 advantage, while also outscoring Mount Holyoke 58-12 in the paint.
Leading Springfield College was the duo of Ava Adamopoulos (Ludlow, Mass.) and Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.), who each posted 14 points, while, King finished with eight boards and Adamopoulos six. Freshman Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) was impressive as well, as she notched 10 points, five steals and four rebounds, while senior guard Molly McCausland (Millbury, Mass.) went 2-for-3 from behind the arc and finished with 10 points and four rebounds.
The Lyons were led by Xajaah Williams-Flores (Bronx, N.Y.) who had 10 points and eight boards, while Kathryn Violette (Yokosuka City, Japan) notched nine points and four rebounds in the setback.
Springfield College jumped out to an early 9-4 lead following a lay-up from King just 4:17 into the contest, before the Pride pushed its advantage to 11 on back-to-back baskets from Windwer and King to make it 15-4 with 4:44 to play in the frame. Up 21-11 following a layup from Adamopoulos with 48 seconds remaining, freshman guard Lauren Rudolph (Franklin, Mass.) drilled a three with five seconds to play in the quarter to give the Pride a 24-11 lead at the end of one.
Springfield College pushed its lead to 18 on a triple from Goslin to open the second quarter, before Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) converted a layup 22 seconds in to make it 29-11, Pride. A jumper from Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) with 5:46 to play in the half sparked a 16-0 run to end the period, capped by McCausland's second three of the game to make it 51-17 at the break.
The Pride scored the first eight points of the second half to take a 59-17 lead, before making it 70-25 on a lay-up from Rachel Menze (West Haven, Conn.) with 1:24 left in the third. Adamopoulos finished off the stanza with a bucket of her own to make it 72-25 at the end of three.
Head coach Naomi Graves emptied her bench and had five freshman on the court for much of the fourth quarter, where Goslin stole the show, picking up five of her ten points, three rebounds and two steals.
The Pride will return to Blake Arena on Saturday, January 25 when it will take on MIT in NEWMAC play at 2 p.m.