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Strong Bench Play Leads Women's Basketball Past Wellesley, 53-38

Springfield, Mass. - February 2, 2019 - Benefitting from a 30-7 scoring advantage off the bench, the Springfield College women's basketball team defeated Wellesley, 53-38, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday afternoon in Blake Arena.

With the win, the Pride improves to 14-7 overall with a 10-2 record in conference play, while the Blue falls to 8-11 on the year, with a 5-8 mark against league opponents. Springfield College, which shot 20-for-49 (40.8%) in the win, pulled in 43 rebounds compared to Wellelsey's 30, while the Blue was 17-for-54 (31.5%) from the floor over 40 minutes of play.

The maroon and white's bench was led by Grace Dzindolet (Holliston, Mass.), who poured in 11 points, 10 of which came in the first half, while Amanda Carr (West Haven, Conn.) contributed 10 points and five rebounds in 25 minutes of play. Additionally, Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) notched her eighth double double of the year, picking up 12 points and 14 rebounds in the win.

Wellesley was led by 13 points from Alyssa Cho (Hillsborough, Calif.), as the sophomore also had a team-best nine rebounds in the loss. Caitilin Aguirre (El Paso, Texas) had 10 points, four rebounds and an assist.

A lay-up from Jada Wiltz (Lafayette, La.) just 5:05 into the first quarter gave the Blue a 6-2 lead over the Pride with 4:55 remaining, before a jumper from Lauren Rudolph (Franklin, Mass.), followed by a lay-up from Dzindolet to pull the maroon and white even at six points apiece. Facing a 8-6 deficit with 2:48 to play in the quarter, Dzindolet buried a three and followed with another on the Pride's next possession to make it 12-11 with 2:10 on the clock. From there, Aguirre would convert a three-point play to give the Blue a 14-13 lead at the end of one.

Springfield College's defense tightened up in the second quarter, as the Pride only surrendered two points, resulting in having a 24-16 lead at the halftime break. Wellesley started the quarter with a lay-up from Laura McGeary (Tucson, Ariz.), and the Pride answered with the next 11, as Carr sparked the run with a jumper at the 9:30 mark, before a free throw from Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) and a jumper from Dzindolet made it 22-16 with 3:03 to play in the first half. With 59 seconds on the clock, Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) hit a jumper of her own to send the Pride into the locker room up 24-16.

The Pride had a six-point lead until Rudolph hit a jumper and then buried a three pointer to make it 33-22, Springfield College, with 3:49 to play in the third quarter. A jumper from Carr with 2:00 on the clock pushed Springfield College's advantage to 15, before Wellesley cut it back to 11, trailing 37-26, heading into the final frame.

It was all Springfield College in the fourth quarter, as two free throws from Restituyo made it an 18-point lead at the 7:59 mark, before the Blue once again cut it down to 11 on a basket from Cho with 1:35 to play. From there, Carr would hit back-to-back jumpers to seal the win for the Pride.

Up next, Springfield College will travel to Emerson on Wednesday, February 6 for a 7 p.m. contest with the Lions.