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Women's Basketball Falls Short of Middlebury, 63-57, Despite Impressive Second Half

Women's Basketball Falls Short of Middlebury, 63-57, Despite Impressive Second Half

Middlebury, Vt. - November 17, 2018 - The Springfield College women's basketball team outscored Middlebury College 40-30 in the second half, but the Pride still was unable to erase a 16-point deficit at the halftime break as it fell to the host Panthers, 63-57, in the second day of the Middlebury Tip-Off Classic on Saturday evening.

With the loss, the Pride is now 1-3 on the year, while Middlebury improves to 2-0 overall. 

The Pride was led by senior guard Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.), who notched a game-best 18 points to go along with four rebounds, three assists and three steals, while junior guard Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) notched 16 points in the setback, to go along with three rebounds, two assists and one steal. McAllister went 4-for-7 from three-point range, but the Pride was just 20-for-57 (35.1%) from the floor in the loss. 

The Panthers, which shot 42.0 percent, going 21-for-50 from the floor, was led by 10 points from Maya Davis (Milton, Mass.), while Lily Kuntz (Villanova, Pa.) chipped in nine points and a game-high nine rebounds in the victory.

Middlebury scored the first six points before Lauren Rudolph (Franklin, Mass.) drained a three-pointer with 6:42 on the clock to cut the Pride's deficit in half. From there, the Panthers opened a 13-point advantage with 2:02 to play, before Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) ended the run with a lay-up at the 1:11 mark. Kuntz made a jumper, with 31 seconds to play to give Middlebury an 18-5 lead after one.

The Panthers opened a 26-8 edge with 6:26 to play in the first half, before Goslin made a jumper to pull the Pride back to within 14, but Emily Wander (Slingerlands, N.Y.) drained a lay-up as time expired in the second quarter to give the Panthers a 33-17 lead at the break.

Springfield College picked up play in the second half as a pair of three pointers from Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) and a basket from Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) made it an 11-point game with 3:10 on the clock in the third quarter. McAllister would hit another three to make the deficit 10, before a triple from Goslin with 1:14 on the clock resulted in the Pride trailing 50-39 heading into the fourth frame.

Goslin hit a jumper with 7:44 to play in the game to pull the Pride to within seven, before a three pointer from the junior made it 54-51, Middlebury, with 3:31 remaining. A three-point play from Kuntz with 1:13 on the clock pushed the Panthers lead back to seven, before Goslin came up with more big plays down the stretch, but Middlebury would hit their free throws in the late minutes to seal the six-point win.

Springfield College will return to action on Tuesday, November 20 when it heads to Williams for a 5 p.m. contest with the Ephs.