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Strong First Half Fuels Women's Basketball's 74-37 Victory Over MCLA

 Springfield, Mass - November 9, 2019 - The Springfield College women's basketball team cruised to a 74-37 victory over MCLA in Blake Arena on Saturday evening to open up their 2019-20 season.

The Pride secure their first victory of the season, while MCLA drops to 0-1. Springfield College had four players finish in double figures on the night, while shooting 35.1% as a team from the field. Defensively, MCLA was held to only 27.3% on 15-55 shooting. The Pride also blocked 10 shots and forced 24 turnovers.

Senior guard Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) led the Pride with 16 points, 4-7 from downtown, while grabbing six rebounds, and blocking five shots. Teammate Amanda Carr (West Haven, Conn.) started her sophomore season strong by setting a new career-high with 15 points while adding six boards and four rejections. Senior guard Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) facilitated the offense with 13 points and six assists. Lauren Rudolph (Franklin, Mass.) scored 10 points and added valuable minutes defensively.

The Trailblazers were paced by Kylah Langston, who put up 14 points and five rebounds on the evening.

At 7:39 left in the first quarter, Carr knocked down a triple that sparked an 11-0 for the Pride, which was capped off by Goslin connecting with Jacques on a beautiful cross court feed to make the score 15-4. A three pointer from Aiesha Thomas would stop the run, but only momentarily. Springfield would rattle off another 9-0 to end the period, highlighted by a Stephanie Lyons (Braintree, Mass.) jumper.

The Pride hot shooting in first quarter would allow them to build its lead up to as much as 27 points in the first half. Springfield held the Trailblazers to just 3-14 shooting and forced eight turnovers in the period, limiting the visitors to just six points. The Pride went to the locker room ahead 40-13.

To open the second half of play, Springfield went on another scoring run, as this time a 15-4 burst would elevate their lead to 55-17. At 2:04, First-year guard Rachel Vinton (Holden, Mass.) would allow Springfield to reach their largest lead off a jumper in the lane pushing the lead to 59-17.

In the fourth, MCLA would outscore the Pride 15-13, but Springfield's strong play made the game out of reach.

The Pride will now shift focus to Tuesday, November 12 when they host crosstown-foe Western New England at 5:30 pm.

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