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Women's Basketball Wins Fourth-Straight; Defeats WPI, 60-43

Women's Basketball Wins Fourth-Straight; Defeats WPI, 60-43

Worcester, Mass. - January 16, 2019 - Led by a team-high 13 points from Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) and a double double from Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.), the Springfield College women's basketball team defeated WPI, 60-43, and remained unbeaten in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Wednesday evening in Harrington Auditorium.

With the win, the Pride has now won four-straight contests, including six victories in its last seven games, and improves to 11-5 on the year with a 7-0 mark against NEWMAC opponents. WPI falls to 7-8 on the year, with a 2-6 mark in league play. Springfield College was hot from the floor, as it finished 25-for-55 (45.5%) in the win, while WPI was just 15-for-44 (34.1%) in the setback. The maroon and white dominated the post, as it held a 39-21 advantage in rebounds, while the Pride outscored the Engineers in the paint, 32-8. This marks the second time in the last three years that the Pride has won its first seven conference games.

Goslin had 13 points to go along with four assists, two rebounds and two steals, while Restituyo notched her fourth double double of the season and third in the last three games, finishing with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Lauren Rudolph (Franklin, Mass.) was effective off the bench, totaling six points, three rebounds and a steal, while Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) finished with nine points and nine rebounds in the win.

WPI was led by Bailey Savage (Charlton, Mass.), who posted 13 points to go along with three assists and one rebound in the setback. 

The Engineers scored the first basket of the game, a triple from Savage just 1:11 into the contest, but the Pride responded with a 14-0 run, which started on a jumper from Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) at the 8:22 mark, and finished with a three ball from Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) with 3:15 to play in the quarter. Freshman Amanda Carr (West Haven, Conn.) canned a three with 22 seconds to play in the first quarter to make it 19-8, Pride, but WPI would finish the frame with a three to make it 19-11, Springfield College, after one.

WPI pulled to within four at the 4:48 mark of the second quarter as Sara Lyons (Pittsford, N.Y.) hit a free-throw to make it 23-19, before a lay-up from Stephanie Lyons (Braintree, Mass.) helped Springfield College regain an eight point lead with 1:18 remaining in the half. WPI once again scored the final basket of the quarter, as the Pride went into the halftime break with a 27-21 lead.

The two sides went back-and-forth until Goslin hit a jumper to help the Pride control a 10-point, 42-32 lead with 3:30 to play in the third quarter, before Restituyo made it a 13-point game, giving Springfield College a 48-35 lead with 1:05 on the clock. The Pride would carry the 13-point lead into the fourth quarter.

Springfield College started the fourth quarter on a 10-2 run, which was capped by a pair of free throws from Goslin to make it 58-37 with 3:18 remaining, before Restituyo sealed the 60-43 win with a pair of free throws of her own in the 1:30 of the contest.

Springfield College will resume play on Saturday, January 19 when the Pride hosts Babson, which is receiving votes in the national rankings. The tip is set for 10 a.m.