Worcester, Mass. - February 8, 2018 - Despite 10 first-half points from sophomore guard Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) and eight points to go along with 13 rebounds for Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.), the Springfield College women's basketball team fell to Clark in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Thursday evening in Kneller Gymnasium.
With the loss, Springfield College is now 17-6 overall and 11-3 in league play, while Clark improves to 10-12 on the season, and now holds a 4-9 record against conference opponents. The Pride, which owned a slight 49-47 rebound advantage, only shot 20-for-73 (27.4%), while Clark was 19-of-54 (35.2%) shooting in the victory.
Along with Jacques and Restituyo's performances, Springfield College also received nine points, three steals, two assists and two rebounds from sophomore guard Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.), while Maddy Fay (Braintree, Mass.) chipped in eight points and eight rebounds off the bench.
Springfield College jumped out to an early 5-0 lead following a three-pointer from Goslin on the Pride's first possession of the game, before Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) found Restituyo down low for an easy bucket. Up 8-4 following a three from Jacques at the 5:32 mark, the sophomore would hit again with 3:27 remaining to push the Pride's lead to five, making it 13-8. Fay would convert a lay-up to give Springfield College a 15-9 advantage, a lead it would carry with them for the remainder of the quarter.
Beginning the second, Allie Brennan (North Haven, Conn.) nailed a jumper to make it 17-9, Pride, before a jumper from McAllister, followed by a pair of free-throws from the junior gave Springfield College a 25-16 lead with 3:26 to play in the first half. Jacques pushed the Pride's lead back to eight with 1:39 to play, before the sophomore struck again with 49 seconds remaining, sending the maroon and white into the locker room up 31-21.
It didn't take long for the Cougars to make it a five-point game to start the second half, as Dominique St. Pierre (Portsmouth, N.H.) hit a three at the 9:08 mark, making it 32-27, Pride. Clark kept clawing back into the contest, as the hosts made it a one-point game with 4:20 to play in the quarter, before eventually tying it up at 40 on a three from Idalis Miranda (Naugatuck, Conn.) to end the frame.
Clark would take a four-point, 48-44 lead with 4:15 to play, but a pair of free throws from Restituyo and a jumper from Goslin knotted the score at 48 apiece with 1:38 to play. The score would remain tied at 48 for the remainder of regulation, forcing an overtime period.
Goslin hit a jumper at the 2:59 mark to give the Pride a 50-48 lead, before Miranda hit a three-pointer with 1:22 to go to put the Cougars up one. Miranda's three would prove to be the game winner, as Clark escaped with a 51-50 result.
Up next, Springfield College will return home to Blake Arena on Saturday, February 10 for a 1 p.m. contest with Babson.