Springfield, Mass. - November 12, 2019 - The Springfield College women's basketball team used a strong defensive effort to propel to a 51-40 victory over crosstown rival Western New England University on Tuesday night in Blake Arena.
The Pride remain undefeated in the 2019-20 season with a 2-0 record while the Golden Bears suffer their first loss of the season. Springfield held WNE to just 16 second half points, holding them to 27.9% shooting from the field.
Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) led the Pride with a gutsy performance of 15 points, a career-high 12 rebounds, and three steals. Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) finished with 12 points, four boards, and four blocks. Grace Dzindolet (Holliston, Mass.) proved to be the defensive spark with four steals in the game.
The visitors jumped out to a 13-7 advantage following a driving layup by Julia Quinn with just over a minute remaining in the first quarter. Both teams struggled offensively in the first quarter, combining to go just 7-of-25.
The Golden Bears would push their lead to 24-16 following a pair from the free throws Orbann at the 3:09 mark, but the Pride would storm back with an eight-point burst to go into the break. Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) would deliver four points in the stretch, with Goslin finishing in traffic in the waning seconds to tie things up heading into the break.
The Pride took its first lead of the game on a baseline jumper by Goslin just under a minute into the third quarter. Springfield would open up a 32-28 edge when Goslin knocked down a pull jump in transition at 4:33, only to have the visitiors pull within 32-31. Stephanie Lyons (Braintree, Mass.) cashed in a huge triple with the shot clock winding down at 1:57 and would later score on a fast-break following a fantastic look by Dzindolet to help the Pride own a 42-31 lead entering the final 10 minutes of play.
Western New England scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to pull within 42-37 following a free throw by Grace Fisher with just over four minutes left in regulation. Springfield would finally get on the board on a three-point play by Sam Hourihan (Bridgewater, Mass.) at the 3:13 mark, and Jacques would shake her defender with a step-back jumper at 2:22 as the Golden Bears called for a timeout trailing 47-37. The senior duo of Goslin and Jacques would connect for a bucket to increase the lead to 10, which would allow the Pride to coast to the victory.
Springfield will play in the Trinity Tip-Off Tournament in Connecticut and open up play against Montclair State at 7 pm on Friday night.
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