Babson Park, Mass. - February 9, 2019 - The Springfield College women's basketball dropped it's second-straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest as the Pride fell to Babson, 70-57, in Staake Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
With the loss, the Pride is now 14-9 overall with a 10-4 record in league play, while the Beavers improve to 19-4 overall with a 12-2 mark against conference opponents. Coming into the contest, Babson was receiving votes in the d3hoops.com national rankings.
Springfield College was 21-for-53 (39.6%) from the field in the setback, while the Beavers were 23-for-52 44.2%) from the floor over 40 minutes of play. Babson held a 32-31 advantage in rebounds, and the Beavers' bench held a 27-2 scoring advantage over the Pride.
Leading the maroon and white was Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.), as the senior forward had her 11th double-double performance of the year, registering 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) chipped in 15 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal.
Babson was led by 17 points and 11 rebounds from Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.), while Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) had 16 points off the bench for the Green and White.
Springfield College got off to a 5-2 start after a three-pointer from Jacques just 52 seconds into the game, before a lay-up from Restituyo with 6:20 on the clock made it 10-6, Pride. From there, the two sides wrestled the lead back-and-forth before Jacqueline Jozefick (Milford, Conn.) buried a three as time expired to give the Beavers a 20-18 lead after one.
The Pride quickly erased the deficit with a pair of free throws at the start of the second quarter, but Babson would regain its four-point lead on a basket from Ouimette at the 7:41 mark, making it 24-20. With the score even at 28 apiece, Elizabeth Lane (Skaneateles, N.Y.) converted a jumper before canning a three pointer to give Babson a five-point lead with 2:57 to play in the half, before Tamulionis hit a triple with 41 seconds on the clock, sending the hosts into the locker room with a 38-30 lead over the maroon and white.
Babson opened up an 11-point, 48-37 lead just 3:59 into the second half with a free throw from Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.), a lead it would maintain until Jacques made two free throws to pull Springfield College back within nine at the 3:14 mark of the quarter. Jozefick would hit another one from three-point range with 53 seconds to play in the stanza, making it 54-41, Babson, but Grace Dzindolet (Holliston, Mass.) would answer with a jumper of her own with 18 seconds left, making it 54-43 Babson heading to the fourth.
Babson started the fourth quarter on a 7-1 run to open a 17-point, 61-44 lead over the Pride, and it would never look back, as Springfield College could only come within 15 points of the Beavers, eventuall falling 70-57 on the road.
Springfield College will resume action on Wednesday, February 13 when it travels to New London, Conn. to take on Coast Guard in NEWMAC play at 7 p.m.