Wellesley, Mass. - January 6, 2017 - Junior guard Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) finished the contest with a season-best 21 points as the Springfield College women's basketball team defeated Wellesley, 70-53, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon at the G.M. Martore '73 Court.
With the win, the Pride has now won eight of its last nine games and is 10-3 overall, while Springfield College is now 4-1 against conference opponents. With the loss, the Blue is now 3-7 on the year and 1-3 in league play. The Pride shot 59.6 percent, going 28-for-47 from the field in the win, while Wellesley was 19-of-40 (47.5%) in 40 minutes of play. Springfield College also owned a 25-20 advantage on the glass and was able to turn 22 Wellesley turnovers into 23 points.
McAllister, who shot 6-of-9 from the field, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, finished with 21 points and three assists, while junior forward Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) and Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.) combined for 20 poitns and 14 rebounds in the win. Wellesley was led by Caitlin Aguirre (El Paso, Texas), who posted 17 points, while Chelsea Brown (San Jose, Calif.) notched 10 points of her own off the bench for the Blue.
Springfield College jumped out to an early 11-2 lead following a lay-up from King with 6:45 to play in the first quarter, before Lane Arkangel (Redondo Beach, Calif.) pulled the Blue back to within six with a three-pointer at the 4:47 mark. Holding a 16-8 advantage following a lay-up and free-throw from Restituyo, back-to-back baskets from Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) and Allie Brennan (North Haven, Conn.) gave the Pride a 22-8 lead at the end of one.
Holding a 15-point, 28-13 lead over the Blue with 5:20 to play in the first half, Lauren Rudolph (Franklin, Mass.) canned one from deep to push Springfield College's lead to 18, before Restituyo converted another three-point play with 12 seconds left, giving the Pride a 37-19 lead at the break.
After two free-throws from Wellesley's Alyssa Cho (Hillsborough, Calif.) made it 37-21, Pride, Springfield College would go on a 12-0 run over the next 4:46, capped by a basket from King to give the maroon and white a 49-21 lead at the 4:53 mark of the third quarter. From there, the Pride continued to pour it on, as a triple from McAllister with eight seconds to play in the frame gave the visitors a 54-36 advantage.
The Blue would get as close as 16 points, as Kayla Jang (South Pasadena, Calif.) converted a lay-up with 4:37 on the clock to make it 61-45, Springfield College, but a pair of late free throws from McAllister, followed by a jumper from King with four seconds remaining sealed the 70-53 win for the Pride.
Next, Springfield College will return to play on Tuesday, January 9 when the Pride heads east to Cambridge, Mass., where it will take on MIT in the Rockwell Cage at 7 p.m.