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Women's Basketball Opens Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic With 58-45 Win Over MCLA

Springfield, Mass. - December 30, 2017 - Junior forward Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) registered 18 points to go along with 15 rebounds to lead the Springfield College women's basketball team to an 58-45 win over MCLA in the opening game of the Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic on Saturday afternoon in Blake Arena.

With the win, the Pride has now won its last six contests and holds an overall record of 8-2, while MCLA, which had not played a game since December 7, falls to 4-5 on the year. Springfield College shot 21-for-66 (31.8%) from the field in the victory, while MCLA was just 16-of-50 (32.0%) in the setback. The Trailblazers held a 42-41 advantage in rebounds, while Springfield College assisted on 16 of its 21 field goals.

Along with a double double from Restituyo, junior guard Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) also contributed 12 points and four assists, while senior forward Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.) posted eight points, five boards and four assists in the win. MCLA was led  by L'Rae Brundige (Valley Falls, N.Y.), who notched 12 points, while Courtney Pingelski (Mechanicville, N.Y.) added 11 points in the loss.

Four-consecutive points from Restituyo gave the Pride an early 7-5 lead over the Trailblazers just 2:36 into the contest, before a free throw from Pingelski, followed by a deep two from Emily Moulton (North Adams, Mass.) gave the vistitors a 10-9 lead midway through the stanza. From there, a pair of free throws from King would give the Pride an 11-10 advantage, which it would hold with them until the end of the first.

Trailing 14-12 just 3:05 into the second quarter, a timeout from Springfield College head coach Naomi Graves jumpstarted the Pride offense, as Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) got an offensive rebound and putback lay-up, before Lauren Rudolph (Franklin, Mass.) converted a jumper to make it 16-14, Pride, at the 6:07 mark. From there, a three-pointer from L'Rae Brundige (Valley Falls, N.Y.) gave the Trailblazers a 17-16 lead before McAllister answered with a pull-up jumper, followed by a triple to make it 21-17, Pride, with 4:14 to play in the half. Another three-pointer from McAllister gave the hosts a 24-20 lead with 1:10 on the clock, before MCLA closed the half with a basket from Kylah Langston (East Hartford, Conn.), making it 24-22 at the break.

Back-to-back baskets from Restituyo to open the second half gave the Pride a 28-22 lead before MCLA halted the run on a three-pointer from Pingelski brought the Trailblazers back to within three. Following an up-and-under basket from King, Restituyo hit a pair of free throws to give the Pride a 32-25 lead with 7:40 on the clock. With 5:56 to play in the third, Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) hit a three-pointer to open up a 10-point lead for the Pride, before a free throw from Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) made it 38-27, Springfield College, at the 4:32 mark. Still trailing by 10 with 1:35 on the clock, the Trailblazers brought it back to within seven, before Goslin finished the frame with a bucket in transition, making it 44-35, Pride, heading to the fourth.

A three-pointer from McAllister to open the fourth quarter gave the Pride a 12-point, 47-35 lead over the Trailblazers, before two more free throws from Restituyo made it 50-36, Springfield College, with 7:56 to play. Holding on to a 53-38 lead with 6:05 to play, a free throw from Goslin gave the Pride a 17-point advantage, before 

Next, Springfield College will return to Blake Arena on Sunday, December 31 as the Pride will host Colby College at 2 p.m.

Babson 54, Colby 44

Behind 13 points from junior guard Katie McCrum (Saco, Maine), the Colby College women's basketball team defeated Babson, 54-44, in the Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic on Saturday afternoon in Blake Arena. With the win, Colby is now 5-3 overall, while Babson drops to 6-4 on the year.

Colby was 18-of-55 (32.7%) from the field in the victory, while Babson was just 15-for-68 (22.1%) shooting on the afternoon. Despite the loss, the Beavers held a 53-43 on the glass.

Babson jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first 3:12 following baskets from Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) and Elizabeth Lane (Skaneateles, N.Y.), before Colby's Katie McCrum (Saco, Maine) got the Mules' first points of the day on a jumper with 5:28 on the clock. Babson's Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) converted a lay-up with 2:09 to play in the stanza to give the Beavers an 8-2 edge, a lead it would carry with them into the second quarter.

Down 12-2 after back-to-back baskets from Bonifacic in the first 1:21 of the second quarter, Colby made it a one-point game following a 9-0 run, capped by a lay-up from Jackie Albanese (Manhasset, N.Y.) to make it 12-11, Babson. Tea Spellacy (Belchertown, Mass.) converted a basket with 2:28 to play in the first half to give the Beavers a 16-14 lead, an advantage Babson would take into the halftime break.

Even at 22 apiece midway through the third quarter, Colby took their first lead of the game when Ainsley Burns (Barrington, R.I.) hit a jumper from the top of the key making it 24-22, Mules. From there, Babson would regain a two-point lead on a pair of free throws from Tamulionis, making it 28-26 with 3:04 to play in the third. Colby would answer with a 5-0 run to take a 31-28 lead, before Bonifacic ended the spurt with a gritty finish, followed by a pair of free throws from Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.), giving the Green and White a 32-31 advantage with 1:07 to play in the frame. Colby's Sarah Hancock (Casco, Maine) would knock down a pair of free throws in the late stages of the period, giving the Mules a 33-32 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Clinging to a two-point advantage midway through the fourth, Colby pushed their lead to four on a lay-up from Haley Driscoll (Bedford, N.H.), a lead it would hold on to until McCrum hit a deep two to make it 47-41, Mules, with 2:34 to play. Following a free throw from McCrum to give Colby a seven-point lead, a pair of free throws from Tamulionis brought Babson to within five with 54 seconds to play. From there, the Mules were able to seal the game at the free-throw line, clinching the 54-44 win.

Next, Colby will return to Blake Arena on Sunday, December 31, when it will take on Springfield College at 2 p.m., while Babson will compete against MCLA on Sunday at 12 p.m.