Middlebury, Vt. - November 16, 2018 - The Springfield College women's basketball team fell to nationally-ranked Tufts University, 89-51, on Friday evening at Pepin Gymnasium on the campus of Middlebury College.
Friday evening's game was the opening contest of the Middlebury Tip-Off Classic, as Tufts, which came into the season ranked No. 7 in the d3hoops.com national poll after making an appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament Quarterfinals a season ago, claimed their first win of the season.
With the loss, the Pride falls to 1-2 on the season as the maroon and white was limited to just 19-for-50 (38.0%) shooting on the evening, while the Jumbos were 50 percent, going 32-for-64 from the field. Tufts hosted a 38-30 advantage on the glass over 40 minutes of play, while it also owned a 44-24 advantage in the paint.
Springfield College was led by Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.), who notched a team-high 12 points on the evening, including 10 in the first half, while Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) poured in nine points to go with a season-best 10 rebounds in the setback. Tufts was led by 19 points from Erica DeCandido (North Wales, Pa.) to go along with 14 from Emily Briggs (Canton, Conn.).
Springfield College took a 7-5 lead with 5:26 to play in the first quarter as Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) drained a jumper, before Goslin hit a lay-up to make it 9-5, Springfield College, with 4:54 to play in the stanza. Jac Knapp (Westfield, N.J.) sunk a three pointer on the next possession for Tufts, before Sadie Otley (Charlotte, Vt.) converted a basket of her own to give Tufts a 14-13 lead after one.
With 5:39 to play in the second frame, Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) hit a three, but it was quickly answered by a jumper from Briggs, sparking an 11-1 run for the Jumbos that gave them a 32-19 lead with 1:50 to play in the half. After a basket from Lauren Rudolph (Franklin, Mass.) with 32 seconds to play in the stanza, DeCandido answered with one of her own, sending the Jumbos into the halftime break with a 36-25 advantage.
Briggs hit another jumper with 5:59 left in the third quarter to open a 20-point lead for Tufts, before Otley made a lay-up that forced a 59-33 advantage with 2:30 on the clock. It was all Jumbos from there, as they sealed the 89-51 victory.
Springfield College will resume play in Vermont on Saturday, November 17 and will take on host Middlebury at 4 p.m.