Boston, Mass. - February 6, 2019 - It took a total of 55 minutes to determine a winner between the Springfield College women's basketball team and Emerson College at Brown & Plofker Gymnasium on Wednesday evening, but the Lions eventually came out on top following triple overtime, defeating the Pride, 89-84 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play.
With the loss, Springfield College falls to 14-8 overall and 10-3 in the NEWMAC, while Emerson improves to 14-8 on the year, with an 8-5 record against league opponents. Springfield College was 30-for-74 (40.5%) in the loss, while Emerson shot 34-for-76 (44.7%) over the course of the game. The Pride held a 55-41 advantage on the glass, while Emerson contained a 38-34 scoring margin in the paint.
The maroon and white was led by a career-best 20 points from Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.), as the junior also had five rebounds and five assists, while Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) notched 16 points to go along with 12 rebounds in the loss. Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) also had 12 points and 12 rebounds for her 10th double double of the year.
Emerson was led by 36 points from Charlie Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.), as the senior was 15-of-20 from the field, while also hauling in eight rebounds. Kate Foultz (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) contributed 20 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals in the win for the Lions.
Springfield College jumped out to an early 4-0 advantage following back-to-back baskets from Goslin and Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.), before a jumper from the senior, followed by a lay-up from Bridget Reddington (Portland, Conn.) gave the visitors an 11-8 lead with 1:15 to play in the stanza. With less than a minute to go, Foultz made a lay-up, and Quinn Madden (Mokena, Ill.) followed with a free throw to make it 11-11 after one.
Boyle converted a three-point play to open the second quarter, before the senior canned a lay-up at the 6:23 mark to give the Lions a 20-13 advantage. Springfield College narrowed the gap with a jumper at the 4:22 mark to make it 20-17, before Goslin kept the three-point margin after hitting a lay-up with 1:25 remaining in the half. From there, Foultz would drain a basket to make it 26-21, Emerson, a lead that the hosts would carry into the halftime break.
Foultz drilled a three just 1:34 into the second half to push Emerson's lead to eight, making it 31-23, before a lay-up from Restituyo with 5:18 on the clock cut the Pride's deficit to four, cutting it to a 33-29 contest. Still trailing by four with 1:19 left following a free throw from Grace Dzindolet (Holliston, Mass.), Jacques converted a lay-up to make it 40-38 heading to the fourth.
Jacques buried two free throws to pull the Pride even at 40 just 22 seconds into the quarter, before Emerson wrestled back a six-point advantage on a basket from Charlie Boyle at the 5:36 mark. Back-to-back jumper from Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) made it 51-49 with 4:50 on the clock, before a free throw from Restituyo with 2:32 on the clock evened the game at 54 apiece. With the last possession of the game, Goslin's three-point bid could not drop, sending the game into overtime.
The two sides battle back and forth throughout the first overtime period, and Goslin canned a lay-up with 41 seconds on the clock to make it 66-66, and eventually missed the go-ahead basket as time expired in the frame, sending the contest into a second overtime period. In the next stanza, McAllister drained a left-handed lay-up with 11 seconds on the clock, before Foultz hit another three with less than 10 seconds left to send the game into a third overtime period.
Emerson opened up a six-point lead after back-to-back three pointers from Rachel Davey (Saratoga, Calif.) and Ashley Toner (Barnegat, N.J.) before Foultz hit a jumper with 1:11 to play in the third overtime period. From there, the Lions were able to hold on for the 89-84 victory.
Springfield College will now travel to Babson on Saturday, February 9 and will take on the Beavers at 1 p.m.