Babson Park, Mass. - January 20, 2018 - Behind 15 points from sophomore guard Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) and pair double doubles from Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) and Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine), the Springfield College women's basketball team defeated Babson, 63-56, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday in the Staake Gymnasium. The last time the Pride defeated Babson on the road was January 14, 2006 when Springfield College defeated the Beavers, 58-55.
With the win, Springfield College improves to 13-5 on the year and 7-2 in league play, as the Pride is just one game behind the Beavers for the top spot in the conference. Babson falls to 12-6 on the year and 8-2 against conference opponents. The Pride played great on the defensive side of the ball, forcing Babson to turnover the ball 19 times in the game and holding them to just 19-of-50 (38%) from the field.
Along with 14 points, including eight in the first half, from Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.), Restituyo notched her eighth double double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Jacques had a career game, recording 13 points, a career-best 12 boards, and three blocks. Goslin shot a perfect 4-for-4 in the first half. Babson was led by Elizabeth Lane (Skaneateles, N.Y.) who had a team high 13 points, while Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) tallied 11 points and 13 rebounds for a double double for the Beavers.
Following back-to-back blocks by Jacques and Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.) to start the game, the Pride jumped out to a 7-0 lead just three minutes into the contest. After giving up seven-straight points to Babson, Jacques hit a big jump shot with 1:24 left in the first quarter to keep the Pride on top 11-9. Babson made its way back taking the lead on two Ouimette free throws, Goslin then made a jumper to give Springfield College a 15-14 lead at the end of one.
Trailing 21-19 with 6:34 left in the half following a jumper from Brenna Legacy (Attleboro, Mass.), Maddy Fay (Braintree, Mass.) answered with a contested layup and King followed with a jumper to give the Pride a 23-21 lead at the 5:56 mark. Tied at 27 with 2:00 to play in the second quarter, King came up with a big steal, followed by two offensive rebounds and a lay-up to give the Pride a 29-27 lead with 1:33 left in the half. As time winded down in the frame, Goslin would knock down her fourth field goal of the half to give the Pride a 31-27 lead heading into the break.
A pair of layups from Restituyo and two free throws from Jacques opened up an eight-point, 39-31 lead over the Beavers, following a timeout by the Pride, Lauren Rudolph (Franklin, Mass.) hit her lone three-pointer of the game to make it 42-34 Pride. A McAllister layup followed by a Goslin jumper put the Pride up 48-39 at the end of three.
Lane would make a triple to start a Babson 6-0 run at the beginning fourth and pull the Beavers to within three, now trailing 48-45, with 8:21 to play, but two baskets by Jacques and a layup by Restituyo with 4:12 on the clock pushed the Pride's lead back to five, up 54-49. With less than a minute to play, McAllister and Goslin each knocked down a pair of clutch free throws that sealed the game for the Pride.
Up next, Springfield College will return to Blake Arena on Wednesday, January 24 as the Pride will take on WPI in NEWMAC play at 6 p.m.