Springfield, Mass - December 5 - The Springfield College women's basketball team prevailed over Mount Holyoke, 86-30, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Wednesday night in Blake Arena, as the Pride had three student-athletes reach double digits in the scoring column. This marks the third-consecutive victory for the Pride, as the maroon and white is now 4-3 overall with a 2-0 mark in conference play, while the Lyons fall to 0-9 on the year with an 0-3 record against league opponents. This marks the fourth-consecutive season that Springfield College has won its home opener.
Leading the charge for Springfield College, which shot 40-for-82 (48.8%) in the victory, was Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.), who notched a team-best 15 points to go along with five assists, four rebounds and three steals, while Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) registered 13 points, seven rebounds, four steals and four assists. Additionally, Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) added 12 points, 10 of which came in the third quarter.
The Lyons, which shot 11-for-44 (25.0%) in the setback, was led by sophomore Annika Brooks (Portland, Maine), who poured in 15 points to go along with nine rebounds and two steals.Springfield College owned a 57-29 advantage on the glass in the win, while the Lyons were hampered by 32 turnovers over 40 minutes of play.
Goslin would get the action started in the contest as she sank the first basket of the game just two minutes in on a wide open drive to the net. The Pride would start off the game on a 10-3 run in the first four minutes and never look back. Jacques was on fire in the first quarter as she was 4-for-8 shooting at the first break. After the first quarter of play the Pride had extended the gap to 25-8 while holding the Lyons to just 4-of-15 from the field.
Springfield College would continue its impressive offensive performance as Goslin and Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) would quickly find the bottom of the net, propelling the Pride to a 22-point lead and forcing Mount Holyoke to take a timeout with 5:10 left in the half. Coming out of the timeout, the Lyons would hit a three in transition to try to close the gap, but freshman guard Megan Graves (Deerfield, Mass.) would answer back with a quick three of her own, before Goslin would force a turnover and hit a layup of her own before a Springfield College timeout with 3:09 to go in the half. Springfield would not allow another shot going into the break as the Pride led the Lyons 47-15 at the half.
Senior forward Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) would get the second half started for the Pride as she would score off of an offensive rebound and putback. Goslin would follow that with a hard drive and finish on an and-one to bring the Pride's point total above the 50 mark. Following a 22-0 run to start the second half, highlighted by 10 points from Restituyo, Mount Holyoke would answer back when Brooks hit a layup while taking a foul. The Pride would finish the quarter with two more baskets to advance the lead to 73-17 going in to the final 10 minutes of play.
The Pride coasted to victory in the fourth quarter as all 12 of players who recieved time in the contest also recorded points, including freshman Grace Dzindolet (Holliston, Mass.) who scored all six of her points in the last 10 minutes of the contest.
Next, the Pride will travel east to take on Wellesley College on Saturday, December 8, with tip-off scheduled for 1:00 p.m.