Women's Basketball Cruises Past Coast Guard, 62-43, in NEWMAC Play

Springfield, Mass. - January 31, 2018 - Sophomore guard Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) and junior forward Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) combined for 24 points as the Springfield College women's basketball cruised to a 62-43 over Coast Guard in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Wednesday night in Blake Arena.

With the win, the Pride is now 16-5 overall and 10-2 in NEWMAC play, while the Bears fall to 10-9 overall, and fall below .500 against conference opponents, now 5-6 in NEWMAC play. Springfield College shot 23-for-49 (46.9%) in the victory, while the Pride's defense held the Bears to just 19-of-56 (33.9%) shooting on the night.

Restituyo led all scorers with 13 points, as the junior also recorded nine rebounds, while Jacques finished with 11 points, seven of which were in the first quarter, two rebounds and two blocks. Additionally, Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) finished with 11 points and Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) had 10 points, six assists and one rebound. 

Coast Guard was led by Gillian Gerton (Lorton, Va.), who with 11 points, reached the 1000-point plateau in her career with the Bears. The senior forward also had a team-best five rebounds. 

Springfield College jumped out to an early 10-0 lead behind five points from Jacques, forcing a timeout from the Bears. Coming out of the break, Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.) scored back-to-back baskets, before Jacques notched her seventh points of the quarter on a runer from the elbow with 46 seconds to play in the quarter. Coast Guard would score its first points of the game with 17 seconds on the clock, as Gerton hit a jumper to make it 16-2, Pride, at the end of one.

Springfield College took a 19-2 lead over the Bears following a made free throw from Restituyo at the 7:46 mark of the second quarter, before the junior took a pass from King and finished at the rim to make it 21-2, Pride. Coast Guard answered with a 7-0 run, capped on a basket from Jill Bray (Glastonbury, Conn.), cutting their deficit to 12, before two more free throws from Restituyo made it 23-9 with 4:17 to play in the first half. From there, Coast Guard would make it a 12-point game before Goslin canned two free-throws with 0.9 seconds on the clock, giving the Pride a 31-17 lead at the half.

A 6-2 run to begin the second half gave the Pride a 37-19 advantage, before Gerton and Micaela Martinelli (Vero Beach, Fla.) hit back-to-back baskets, cutting the Bears' deficit to 14. The Pride pushed its lead back to 18 on a pair of free-throws from McAllister, before a pair of Springfield College turnovers resulted in four-consecutive points for Coast Guard, making it 43-29, Pride, with 3:45 to play in the third. After a Coast Guard basket from Jayla Joyner (Charlotte, N.C.) with 1:44 on the clock, Lauren Rudolph (Franklin, Mass.) hit an open three from the corner, giving Springfield College a 48-31 lead heading to the fourth.

Rudolph kicked off the last frame with a three from the top of the arc to make it a 20-point Springfield College lead, before back-to-back lay-ups from Goslin and Restituyo made it 55-31, with 8:08 to play. Still up 58-40 with 2:35 to play, the Pride closed out the game 

Up next, Springfield College will return to Blake Arena on Saturday, February 3 as the Pride will host Wheaton in NEWMAC play at 1 p.m.