Springfield, Mass. - February 21, 2018 - Despite having three student-athletes reach double digits in the scoring column, the Springfield College women's basketball team suffered a 66-55 setback to MIT in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Quarterfinals on Wednesday evening in Blake Arena.
With the win, MIT will now advance to take on top-seeded Smith College on Saturday, February 24 at 1 p.m. in the NEWMAC Championship Semifinals.
Coming into the contest as the No. 4 seed, the Pride fell to 18-8 overall with the loss, while MIT, which was the No. 5 seed in the tournament, improved to 16-9 on the year. Springfield College shot 22-of-60 (36.7%) from the field, while the Engineers were 24-for-53 (45.3%), including 7-of-16 (43.8%) from three-point range. Springfield College owned a 26-22 advantage in points in the paint, while the Pride hauled in 40 rebounds compared to MIT's 28.
Sophomore guard Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) led the maroon and white with 15 points, three rebounds and three assists, while Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) collected 14 points, four rebounds and three assists. Additionally, Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) added 12 points and nine rebounds in the loss.
MIT was led by junior guard Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) who registered 26 points, four assists and three rebounds, while Kylie Gallagher (Upton, Mass.) had a dominant game for the Engineers, tallying 11 points, picking up 10 rebounds and five blocks in 28 minutes of play.
MIT raced out to an early 11-2 advantage over the first 3:52 of the contest, but a three-pointer, followed by a basket in transition from Goslin made it 11-7, Engineers. The visitors pushed its lead back to eight on consecutive baskets from Gallagher and Kara Holisnki (Livonia, Mich.), making it 15-7 with 3:46 on the clock. Springfield College would pull to within four with 1:25 to play in the frame on a basket from McAllister, but a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Yuan made it 20-11, MIT, at the end of the first quarter.
Back-to-back baskets from Yuan and Holinski pushed the Engineers' lead to 12 just 2:15 into the second quarter, but the Pride continued to hang tough as a triple from McAllister and a jumper from Goslin made it 24-19, MIT, with 5:57 to play in the first half. Restituyo would cut Springfield College's deficit to six with 3:31 remaining, but a lay-up from Yuan at the 34-second mark gave the visitors a 36-27 lead at the halftime break.
It was a slow start to the second half, but MIT was able to secure an early 11-point, 40-29 lead over the Pride at the 5:51 mark on an offensive rebound and put-back lay-up from Gallagher, but a free-throw from Restituyo and a basket from Goslin pulled Springfield College back to within eight, making it 40-32 with 5:12 on the clock. A pair of free throws from Yuan with 33 seconds on the clock gave MIT a 47-34 advantage, but Restituyo ended the frame with a basket of her own to cut the Pride's deficit to 11 heading into the fourth.
A jumper from McAllister at the 7:33 mark made it 52-42, Engineers, but the visitors quickly pushed its lead back to 14 on back-to-back lay-ups from Gallagher and Yuan, making it 56-42, MIT, with 5:40 to play. From there, a three-pointer from McAllister followed by a lay-up from Restituyo made it a nine-point, 60-51 game, but the Engineers were able to seal the 11-point victory from the free-throw line, advancing to the NEWMAC Championship Semifinals.