Northampton, Mass. - November 28, 2018 - Facing an eight-point deficit at the halftime break, the Springfield College women's basketball team came from behind to defeat Smith College, 59-52, in the Pride's first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game of the year, hosted in Ainsworth Gymnasium.
With the win, the Pride improves to 3-3 on the year, while the Pioneers fall to 4-2 overall. Springfield College made 20-of-51 field goals, shooting 39.2 percent in the victory, while Smith was just 21-for-58 (36.2%) in the setback. The Pioneers held a 40-30 advantage on the glass over 40 minutes of play, while the Pride owned a 26-22 scoring margin in the paint, and held Smith to just three points in the third quarter.
Springfield College received 13-point performances from Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) and Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine), while Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) chipped in 12 points in the victory. McAllister led the Pride with seven rebounds, while Goslin had five board, four assists and two steals.
Smith College was led by Kennedy Guest-Pritchett (Fairburn, Ga.), who posted 19 points to go along with 15 rebounds in the loss, while Lauren Bondi (Burnaby, BC, Can.), who totaled 14 points, also notched four assists over 40 minutes of play.
Smith College took a 9-3 lead with 4:42 to play in the first quarter on a jumper from Dashelle Gleissner (Los Angeles, Calif.) before a basket from Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) and a three pointer from McAllister pulled the Pride to within three at the 3:17 mark. Smith College would hit a three with 1:16 to play, before Bondi hit a jumper as time expired to make it 19-12, Pioneers, after one.
After Smith scored the first two baskets of the second quarter to take an 11-point advantage, Springfield College crawled back to within seven with a three-pointer from Jacques with 7:12 to play in the half. Trailing by 11 with 2:39 on the clock, Springfield College rattled off a 5-0 run, capped by a pair of free throws from Goslin, but Bondi would drill another quarter-ending shot to send the Pioneers into the locker room with a 35-27 lead over Springfield College.
The Pride opened the third quarter with a six-point swing that brought it to within two points of the Pioneers on a lay-up from Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.), before Goslin drained a basket with 3:23 on the clock to make the game even at 37 apiece. Each side would gain one more point in the remainder of the frame, sending the game into the fourth quarter tied at 38.
Two free throws from McAllister and a lay-up from Restituyo gave the Pride a four-point cushion just 1:36 into the fourth quarter, before a big three from Goslin made it 47-42, Springfield College with 5:54 on the clock. Bondi drilled a three of her own to make it a two-point game with 3:41 to play, but with 27 seconds remaining, Goslin delivered the final blow as she made a jumper following a turnver from Bondi to make it 56-52, Pride. From there, Jacques and McAllister would hit free throws to seal the victory.
Springfield College will return to action on Wednesday, December 5 when it will take on Mount Holyoke at 7 p.m. in Blake Arena.