Springfield, Mass. - January 12, 2018 - Junior guard Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) converted a lay-up with 10 seconds remaining, giving the Pride a one-point lead, and the maroon and white's defense held strong in the late seconds of the game as the Springfield College women's basketball team defeated MIT, 58-57, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon in Blake Arena.
With the win, the Pride improves to 10-5 overall and remains unbeaten in NEWMAC play with a record of 6-0 against league opponents. This marks the second time in the last three years that Springfield College has won its first six conference games. The loss drops MIT to 11-4 overall with a 5-2 record in NEWMAC play. Springfield College owned a 40-36 advantage in rebounds over 40 minutes of play, and outscored the Engineers in the paint, 28-24.
The Pride was led by Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.), who had 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) chipped in 12 points and five rebounds in the victory. Additionally, Goslin finished with 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal, while Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) posted nine points and six boards. The maroon and white was 21-for-58 (36.2%) from the floor in the victory.
MIT was led by Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.), who had a game-high 21 points, as the Engineers shot 21-for-57 (36.8%) in the setback. Down low, Kylie Gallagher (Upton, Mass.) had five points but 14 rebounds.
Springfield College got off to another hot start as Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) drilled a three-pointer from the wing with 6:33 to play in the first quarter to give the Pride a 9-2 lead, before a steal from Jacques and finish in transition from Goslin gave the hosts a 13-4 advantage over the Engineers, forcing a timeout from the MIT bench with 4:45 on the clock. Coming out of the break, MIT pulled it back to within four, before Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) converted a three in transition and followed with a lay-up to tie the game at 15 apiece with less than a minute to go. In the Pride's final possession of the stanza, Jacques hit a three from the wing to send the maroon and white into the second quarter with an 18-15 lead over MIT.
Goslin notched back-to-back baskets to open the second quarter, granting the Pride a 22-17 lead over the Engineers, before Restituyo converted two free throws to make it 24-17 with 7:48 to play in the first half. From there, Holinksi hit a jumper and followed with a triple from the wing to even the score at 24 apiece with 4:22 on the clock. A gritty three-point play from Hall pushed the Pride's lead to six, giving the hosts a 31-25 advantage with 1:43 on the clock, before Jacques hit a jumper to make it 33-25, Springfield College. but Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) converted a lay-up as time expired, sending the maroon and white into the break with a 33-27 lead.
MIT opened the third quarter with a 9-2 run, capped by a three from Holinski to give the Engineers a 36-35 lead, forcing a timeout from the Springfield College bench. The visitors continued their run coming out of the break, taking an eight-point, 43-35 lead over the Pride on a triple from Cindy Si (San Antonio, Texas), before Hall ended the run with a pair of free throws to pull the maroon and white back to within six. Following a jumper from Bridget Reddington (Portland, Conn.), Hall hit another free-throw to make it a three-point game, with the Pride trailing 43-40 at the 2:28 mark of the third quarter. With less than a minute to play, MIT's Christina Antonakakis (Holmdel, N.J.) drained a corner three to give the Engineers a 47-40 lead, but Hall answered with a lay-up to cut the Pride deficit to five, heading to the final quarter trailing 47-42.
McAllister would drive and find an open Jacques, who hit a mid-range jumper to cut the Pride's deficit to one, before the junior hit a deep two at the 7:24 mark, giving the hosts a 50-49 lead. A great up-and-under from Hall with 3:17 remaining gave the Pride a 54-52 lead, before a tough finish from Goslin made it 56-55, Springfield College, with less than two minutes remaining. Following a basket from Holinski to give MIT a 57-56 lead with 1:19 to play, Goslin converted another lay-up to make it 58-57, Pride, with 10 seconds remaining. Following an MIT timout with 2.3 ticks on the clock, the Pride's defense hung tough to seal the win over MIT.
Springfield College will resume competition on Wednesday, January 16 when it travels to Worcester, Mass. to take on WPI at 6 p.m.