Wellesley, Mass. - December 8, 2018 - The Springfield College women's basketball team picked up its fourth-consecutive victory on Saturday afternoon, as the Pride defeated Wellesley, 59-50, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play at the Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse.
With the win, the Pride is now 5-3 to start the year, with a 3-0 record against conference opponents, while the Blue is also now 5-2 overall, but settles at 2-2 in the league.
Springfield College, which shot 18-for-43 (41.9%) in the win, was led by junior guard Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.), who notched 18 points, seven assists and four rebounds, while Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) chipped in 12 points, nine of which came in the first quarter, to go along with seven rebounds and four steals.
The Blue was led by Caitlin Aguirre (El Paso, Texas), who also had 18 points on the afternoon, as Alyssa Cho (Hillsborough, Calif.) added 11 in the setback. Springfield College held a slight 33-28 edge on the glass, while the Pride also owned a 20-16 margin in points in the paint.
After the Blue scored the first basket of the game, Springfield College answered with four-straight baskets to take an 8-2 lead, before a lay-up from Goslin, followed by a triple from McAllister gave the visitors a 15-8 lead with 49 seconds on the clock. Emily Kopp (King Ferry, N.Y.) would convert a pair of free throws late in the stanza to make it 15-10, Springfield College, after one.
With 7:32 on the clock in the second quarter, Amanda Carr (West Haven, Conn.) drilled a three pointer, which was followed by a triple from Goslin, which gave the Pride a 25-14 lead over the Blue, before Lauren Rudolph (Franklin, Mass.) hit a three of her own and followed with an easy lay-up to make it 33-17, Springfield College, forcing a Wellesley timeout. From there, Wellesley would make it a 10-point game, but a jumper from Carr as time expired sent the maroon and white into the locker room with a 35-23 advantage.
Junior forward Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) opened the third quarter with a pair of free throws, and Goslin followed with another three-pointer to push the Pride's lead to 17, before the Blue came crawling back with a 12-1 run, capped by a jumper from Cho with 2:07 to play, making it 42-35, Springfield College. Both sides would score once more in the frame, making it 44-37, after three.
Both sides traded baskets until McAllister drilled a three pointer with 6:01 to play to give the Pride a nine-point advantage, a lead it would carry with them for the remainder of the contest, escaping Wellesley with a 59-50 win.
Up next, Springfield College will return to Blake Arena on Tuesday, December 11 as it will take on Worcester State at 5:30 p.m.