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Women's Basketball Remains Unbeaten in NEWMAC Play; Defeats Wheaton, 77-54

Women's Basketball Remains Unbeaten in NEWMAC Play; Defeats Wheaton, 77-54

Norton, Mass. - January 5, 2019 - Led by an impressive performance on both ends of the floor from junior point guard Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) and a double double from senior forward Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.), the Springfield College women's basketball team defeated Wheaton College, 77-54, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon in Emerson Gymnasium.

With the win, the Pride improves to 8-5 overall, with an unblemished mark of 4-0 against league opponents, while the Lyons fall to 6-6 on the year, with a 2-3 record in NEWMAC play. 

The maroon and white, which shot 27-for-62 (43.5%) in the victory, owned a 41-32 edge on the glass, while it also turned Wheaton's 22 turnovers into 26 points in the victory. Wheaton was just 22-of-52 (42.3%) from the floor in the setback, and received 33 of it 54 points off the bench.

Leading the Pride was a game-high 18 points from Goslin, as she also produced seven steals, five of which came in the fourth quarter. Goslin also notched three rebounds and three assists, while Restituyo posted 12 points and 10 rebounds for her second double double of the season. Additionally, Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) notched 13 points, all in the first half, while Lauren Rudolph (Franklin, Mass) and Amanda Carr (West Haven, Conn.) had four points apiece off the bench.

For Wheaton, Sadie Shore (Portsmouth, N.H.) had a career-high 14 points off the bench for the Lyons, while Mikayla Pucci (Hopkinton, Mass.) notched 11 points and a team-high six boards in the setback.

Goslin hit a jumper at the 8:26 mark of the first quarter, sparking a 10-0 run for Springfield College, which was capped by a basket from McAllister with 6:38 on the clock to give the visitors a 12-3 advantage, forcing a timeout from the Lyons. With 2:10 to play in the stanza, McAllister drained a three to make it 21-10, Pride, but back-to-back baskets for the Lyons cut the hosts' deficit to seven, making it 21-14, Springfield College, after one quarter.

McAllister hit two free throws with 5:17 to play in the first half to help the Pride rebuild its 11-point advantage, before the senior drained another three to make it 31-17 with 4:13 on the clock. The Lyons would narrow the gap to eight, but a lay-up from Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) with 20 seconds remaining in the half helped the Pride have a 10-point, 37-27, advantage at the halftime break.

Two free throws from Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) with 7:24 left in the third gave the maroon and white a 42-29 edge over the Lyons, before a three-pointer from Grace Dzindolet (Holliston, Mass.) pushed the Pride's lead to 19, making it 51-32 with 4:13 on the clock. Jacques knocked down a jumper with 18 ticks on the clock, helping the Pride control its 19-point lead heading to the fourth leading 59-40.

Springfield College kept rolling in the fourth quarter as Stephanie Lyons (Braintree, Mass.) opened a 21-point, 65-44 lead with a jump shot at the 6:09 mark, before Goslin registered back-to-back baskets midway through the stanza to make it 69-44 with 4:15 remaining. It was all Pride for the remainder of the contest, as Carr hit four free throws to seal the win.

Springfield College will return to Blake Arena for its next contest and will host Coast Guard in NEWMAC play on Tuesday, January 8 at 7 p.m.