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Western New England Slips Past Women's Basketball, 58-49

Western New England Slips Past Women's Basketball, 58-49

Springfield, Mass. - November 13, 2018 - The Springfield College women's basketball team dropped a 58-49 decision against cross-town rival Western New England on Tuesday evening in the Alumni Healthful Living Center Gymnasium. With the loss, the Pride drops to 1-1 while the Golden Bears are now 2-0 to start the 2018-19 campaign. 

Junior guard Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) led the Pride with a team-best 14 points to go along with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. Additionally, Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) had 13 points and five boards, while Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) poured in 11 points to go along with three rebounds and two blocks.

The Pride shot 32.7 percent, going 18-for-55 from the floor, while the Golden Bears shot 35.8 percent, draining 19 of it's 53 chances on the evening. Springfield College held a 36-33 margin on the glass, but it was hampered by 20 turnovers in 40 minutes of play. 

The Golden Bears were led by Emily Farrell (New Fairfield, Conn.), who had a game-high 15 points, while Meghan Gilhool (Montrose, Pa.) notched 13 points, six rebounds and four assists in the victory.

McAllister hit a three-pointer at the 8:11 mark of the first quarter to give the Pride a 7-5 lead to start the game, but the Golden Bears would answer with a four-point wing, putting the hosts up 11-7 at with 7:00 to play in the stanza. Western New England opened up an eight-point lead when Gilhool hit a three with 3:43 on the clock, before the Golden Bears capped the quarter with a three from Hannah Zirkel (Westbury, N.Y.) to make it 23-12.

Courtney Carlson (Woodbury, Conn.) put the Golden Bears up 15 midway through the second quarter, before Jacques answered with a lay-up at the 5:26 mark to make it 29-16, sparking a 7-0 run that pulled the maroon and white to within six at the halftime break. 

Western New England opened the second half with an 8-0 run to give the Golden Bears a 14-point advantage, but the Pride would make another late-quarter run, this one started on a lay-up from McAllister with 3:21 on the clock, before two free throws from the senior made it a five-point game going to the fourth quarter. 

A basket from Amanda Carr (West Haven, Conn.) made it a three-point game just 1:39 into the fourth, but the Golden Bears would then open a nine-point lead, capped by a three-pointer from Meghan Orbann (East Hampton, Conn.) with 4:44 remaining. From there, McAllister pulled the Pride into striking range with a pair of three pointers late, but the rally proved to fall just short, resulting in the Pride's first setback of the season.

Springfield College will now travel to the Middlebury College Invitational, and will play Tufts on Friday, November 16 at 6 p.m. before taking on Middlebury on Saturday, November 17 at 4 p.m.