Springfield, Mass. - November 15, 2017 - Four student-athletes registered at least 12 points as the Springfield College women's basketball team opened its 2017-18 campaign in impressive fashion, with the Pride besting cross-town rival Western New England, 71-31, on Wednesday evening in Blake Arena. The maroon and white has now won six of its last seven season-opening contests, including three-straight over the Golden Bears.
The Pride is now 1-0 on the year, while the Golden Bears are off to an 0-1 start. Springfield College owned a 34-14 advantage on the glass while shooting 26-of-53 (49.1%) from the field in the victory. Western New England was just 10-for-54 (18.5%) over 40 minutes of play.
Springfield College was led by senior forward Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.), who had 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) also chipped in 13 points in the first contest of her sophomore season. Additionally, Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) notched a career-best 12 points and seven rebounds while Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) posted 12 points to go along with three boards.
Western New England jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the first 2:11 following five-consecutive points from Dorothy O'Neil (Staten Island, N.Y.) and a bucket in transition from Meghan Gilhool (Montrose, Pa.), forcing a Springfield College timeout. Holding a 10-2 lead midway through the first quarter, a three-pointer from Ashley Rouleau (Chicopee, Mass.) pulled the Pride to within five, before Gilhool picked off a pass and converted at the other end to make it 12-7, Western New England, with 4:12 to play in the first quarter. Back-to-back points from Molly Altholz (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) and Jacques brought the Pride to within a three, before a corner triple from McAllister evened the score at 12 apiece with 2:06 to play. With 1:20 to play in the first, Jacques converted another baseline jumper to give Springfield College a 14-12 lead, before the sophomore ended the period with a three-pointer, making it 17-12, Pride.
After O'Neil drilled another three to make it a two-point Springfield College lead, a pair of free throws from Goslin made it 19-15, Pride, midway through the second quarter, before a triple from McAllister pushed the Pride's lead to seven. O'Neill countered with a three of her own to keep the Golden Bears within four, before King finished a tough lay-up to make it 24-18, Springfield College, with 2:25 to play in the half. To cap off the first half of play, Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) found an open Rouleau in the corner for her second three-pointer of the game, giving the Pride a 31-21 lead at the break.
Springfield College began the second half on a 9-0 run, capped by a three-pointer from McAllister to give the Pride a 40-21 lead at the 5:27 mark of the third quarter. From there, a baseline jumper from King and a three in transition from Goslin gave Springfield College a 14-point lead, before a pair of free throws from Lauren Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) stopped the run, making it 45-23, Pride, with 1:27 on the clock. From there, Springfield College would hold on to the 14-point lead heading into the final frame.
Holding a 58-23 lead over the Golden Bears following a bucket in transition from Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) midway through the fourth quarter, before the Pride pushed its lead to 33 on a mid-range jumper from McAllister with 4:39 to go.
Up next, Springfield College will travel to Amherst College for an 8 p.m. contest with Farmingdale State on Saturday, November 15 as part of the Amherst College Women's Basketball Tip Off Tournament.