Edinburgh, Scotland - May 25, 2017 - The Springfield College women's basketball opened up its summer trip to Europe with an 82-34 win over Polona Phoenix on Thursday evening. The Pride is currently spending 10 days touring the United Kingdom, taking on local teams as part of GoPlay Sports via American Council International Studies (ACIS) Educational Tours out of Boston, Mass.
The Pride, which shot 33-of-71 (46.5%) from the field in the victory, also held a 50-38 advantage on the boards, and forced 26 turnovers over 40 minutes of play.
The Pride was led by Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.), who netted 13 points to go along with three assists, three rebounds and three steals, while Ava Adamopoulos (Ludlow, Mass.) recorded 11 points and four boards in the win. Freshman Lauren Rudolph (Franklin, Mass.) also recorded a career-best nine points, as she went 3-of-6 from the field in the win. All 12 active student-athletes left the game with at least two points.
Springfield College jumped out to an early 9-4 advantage when Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) converted a lay-up just 4:10 into the contest before Lexi Windwer (Milton, Mass.) canned a three just 20 seconds later to make it 12-4, Pride. From there, Polana Phoenix went on a 8-1 run to close the gap to one points, before a pair of free throws to end the first stanza from Goslin gave the Pride a five-point, 20-15 cushion at the end of one.
Springfield College quickly pushed its lead to 10 when Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) drilled a deep three-pointer with 5:25 to play in the half, giving the Pride a 27-17 lead, before back-to-back lay-ups from Molly Altholz (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.) and Restituyo gave the maroon and white a 35-21 lead at the halftime break.
After Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) knocked down a three-pointer and Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.) converted a jumper to give the Pride a 20-point lead, Springfield College took over, as it held a 60-28 lead over Polana Phoenix at the end of three. The Pride scored 20 unanswered points over 7:53 to take a 71-28 lead with 5:09 to play in the contest, as Springfield College proved too tough, sealing the win.