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Women's Basketball Holds Off Emerson For 52-43 Victory

Women's Basketball Holds Off Emerson For 52-43 Victory

Springfield, Mass. - January 26, 2019 - The Springfield College Women's Basketball team defeated Emerson 52-43 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon in Blake Arena. With the win, the Pride improved to 13-6 overall, with a 9-1 mark against league opponents, while the Lions fell to 11-8 on the year, with a record of 5-5 in conference play.

Highlighting the win for the Pride was Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.), who notched her seventh double double in as many games, while setting a new career high in rebounds with 22 in the double-digit victory. Restituyo's 22 rebounds was just two shy of the Springfield College women's basketball program record, which was set by Judi Jennings in 1990 when she produced 24 caroms in a single game.

Springfield College, which shot 18-for-50 (36.0%) in the win, was also led by Restituyo's 12 points, as Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) also poured in 12 points to go along with one assist and one rebound. Junior guard Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) had 10 points and eight boards, while Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) also had 10 points, four rebounds and one steal.

Leading Emerson was Charlie Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.), who had 17 points, while Natalie Clydesdale (Pittsburgh, Pa.) had a team-best eight rebounds. The Lions were just 15-for-52 (28.8%) in the setback. Springfield College also held a 48-32 advantage on the glass, and outscored the Lions in the paint, 30-24.

McAllister got off to a fast start for the Pride as she accounted for the first four points of the game on two contested shots in the paint, helping the maroon and white to a 8-2 advantage with 3:05 to play in the frame. From there, Boyle would score the only remaining basket of the quarter, as the Pride took an 8-4 lead into the second stanza.

After a low scoring first 10 minutes for both teams, Springfield bounced back with 16 second quarter points behind six points and a steal from Goslin. Foultz would convert a three-point play to bring the Lions within one, but a big steal by Restituyo and back-to-back baskets from Goslin would help kickstart a 12-2 run for the Pride to put them up 11 with just 5:29 left in the half. After a back-and-forth play for the remainder of the period, Jacques would corral a rebound and sink a contested layup to send the Pride into the half with a 24-13 cushion. 

Following an evenly played first few minutes of the second half, Jacques converted a three-point play on an assist from Goslin to put Springfield up 31-17 just 2:30 into the third quarter. Restituyo would grab five boards and net eight points in the frame to propel Springfield College to a 47-31 lead heading into the last 10 minutes of action.

Goslin chipped in five more points and Restituyo pulled down 10 rebounds in the final quarter to seal the win for the Pride 52-43. Stellar rebounding and defense was the name of the game for Springfield as the Pride held Emerson to just 28 percent from the field and forced 17 turnovers en route to the win. The Pride carried a 16-point lead into the fourth quarter and saw that get cut down to 11 on a free-throw from Boyle at the 2:45 mark, but the comeback was not enough, as Springfield College finished off the nine-point victory.

Springfield College will return to in Blake Arena on Wednesday, January 30 and is set to take on Smith College in NEWMAC play at 7:30 p.m.