New London, Conn. - February 13, 2019 - Behind 17 points from senior forward Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) and 16 points from junior guard Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.), the Springfield College women's basketball team defeated Coast Guard, 71-61, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play at Roland Hall on Wednesday evening.
With the win, the Pride is now 15-9 on the year with a 11-4 record in league play, while the Bears fall to 7-17 on the year, with a 5-10 mark in the NEWMAC.
Springfield College was 25-for-68 (36.8%) from the floor in the victory, while the maroon and white also held a 41-24 edge on the glass. Along with Restituyo and Goslin's offensive production, Grace Dzindolet (Holliston, Mass.) registered 11 points and seven rebounds off the bench, while Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) finished with 10 points, four rebounds and one assist.
Coast Guard had three student-athletes in double figures, as the Bears were led by Breanna Wood (Somerset, Mass.), who notched 16 points, while Zoe Riis-Fallica (Patchogue, N.Y.) registered 14 points in the loss.
Hall hit a jumper at the 6:04 mark of the first quarter to give the Pride an 8-5 lead, before Goslin followed with a lay-up of her own, making it 10-5 with 4:54 on the clock. From there, Coast Guard took a 14-13 lead on a jumper from Micaela Martinelli (Vero Beach, Calif.), but Dzindolet answered with a jumper of her own as time expired, giving the maroon and white a 15-14 lead after one.
Coast Guard's Kyra Hartman (Shillington, Pa.) canned a three with 5:14 left in the first half which gave the Bears a 23-20 lead, before the hosts made it 28-22 on a lay-up in transition from the freshman guard. Dzindolet converted from deep to pull the Pride back to within three, before a free throw from Goslin at the end of the frame sent Springfield College into the locker room with a 32-31 advantage.
The Pride started the second half on a 10-2 run to open a 42-33 lead over the Bears, before Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) hit a two in transition to make it 48-36 with 3:06 to play in the stanza. From there, Springfield College continued to hold a double-digit lead, as it ended the quarter with a basket from Hall to make it 52-41.
Coast Guard crawled all the way back to within four, as Hartman hit a free throw that made it 63-59, Pride, with 2:09 to play, but Springfield College was able to seal the game at the free-throw line, with Goslin going 5-for-6 down the stretch.
Up next, Springfield College will finish out the regular-season when it hosts Clark in Blake Arena at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 16.