Springfield, Mass. - January 19, 2019 - Despite a 19-point effort from Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine), the Springfield College women's basketball team fell to Babson, 74-64, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday morning in Blake Arena.
With the loss, the Pride is now 11-6 overall, as it dropped its first league game of the year to settle at 7-1 in conference play. Babson, which was receiving votes in the d3hoops.com national rankings this past week, won its 12th-consecutive contest to improve to 14-2 overall and 8-1 in the NEWMAC.
Springfield College, which shot 41.3 percent from the floor, going 26-for-63, was led by Jacques' 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks, as Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) followed with 15 points, six assists and one steal. Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) notched her fourth-straight double double, posting 10 points to go along with 16 rebounds in 35 minutes of play.
Babson, which was 26-for-65 (40.0%) from the field, was led by an impressive effort from Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.), who had 22 points and five rebounds, while Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) followed with 13 points and eight boards. Babson owned a 44-36 advantage in the rebounding column, and held a 30-18 scoring advantage in the paint.
Springfield College jumped out to an early 5-2 lead just 2:15 into the contest when Jacques finished off a lay-up in transition off of a great feed from Goslin, before Restituyo gave the Pride a 7-6 edge with a basket at the 5:44 mark. After two free throws from Bonifacic that gave the Beavers an 8-7 advantage, a lay-up from Tamulionis and two more free throws from Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) potted the visitors a 12-7 lead with 3:23 to play in the first quarter. On the Pride's ensuing possession, Grace Dzindolet (Holliston, Mass.) buried a three off of an inbound pass to pull the Pride back to within a pair, before Babson went on an 8-0 run that forced Springfield College into a timeout down 20-10 with 1:01 on the clock. Babson would score the first basket coming out of the break, but was answered by a three from Lauren Rudolph (Franklin, Mass.), making it 22-13, Babson, after one.
A three-point play from Bianca Tomassini (North Branford, Conn.) just 1:44 into the second quarter gave Babson a 29-15 advantage, before a triple from Elizabeth Lane (Skaneateles, N.Y.) forced the Pride into another timeout down 34-15 with 6:59 to play in the first half. Bridget Reddington (Portland, Conn.) pulled the Pride back to within 16 as she knocked down a short-range jumper to make it 37-21 with 3:02 to play, before Goslin hit a deep two to force a Babson timeout, leading 37-23. With less than a minute to play in the first half, Tamulionis hit a jumper to give Babson a 39-23 lead at the half.
Senior guard Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) hit a three from the wing at the 7:16 mark of the third quarter to make it 41-28, Babson, before Jacques came up with an offensive rebound and hit a three to pull the Pride back to within 10, making it 41-31 with 5:44 to play in the frame. McAllister kept the three parade going, as she hit another from the wing to cut the Pride's deficit to seven, forcing a Beavers' timeout with 5:08 remaining. Babson's Jacqueline Jozefick (Milford, Conn.) hit a three-pointer and followed with an offensive board and put-back lay-up to give Babson a 47-36 advantage, before another three from the junior pushed Babson's lead back to 12 with another three at the 1:37 mark of the third.
Goslin hit a lay-up on a great back-door cut and Jacques converted a tough basket down low to cut the Pride's deficit to 10 once again, before Goslin drilled a three from the wing to make it 55-46, Babson, with 7:08 to go. Restituyo buried a lay-up in the lane to make it a five-point game with 4:08 to play, but Babson answered with a six-point spurt, capped by a lay-up from Ouimette to force the Pride to take a timeout with 3:00 remaining, down 63-52. The Beavers would use a 13-2 run down the stretch to take a 70-54 lead over the Pride, before eventually escaping with a 74-64 win.
The maroon and white will return to action on Tuesday, January 22 when it travels to Mount Holyoke for a 7 p.m. matchup with the Lyons.