Hartford, Conn. - November 16, 2019 - The Springfield College women's basketball program lost 45-43 in the final seconds to Eastern Connecticut State University in the Trinity College Tip-Off Championship game in Ray Ossting Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
The Pride suffer their first loss of the season and hold a 3-1 record overall. Eastern Connecticut earns their second win of the season with the victory. The Pride were edged in the rebounding battle 40-36.
Both teams stuggled offensively with Eastern Connecticut and Springfield both shooting 30% from the field. Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) led the Pride with nine points, seven boards, two assists, and two blocks. Classmate Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) tallied seven points and three rebounds in the loss. The Warriors were fueled by Anna Berry, who finished with 12 points and 16 rebounds, and Julie Keckler's 11 point effort.
To open up the game, the Warriors connected on their first two possession to go up 5-0. At 7:58, Goslin laid in a bucket in transtion to give the Pride their first basket of the quarter. With limited offense from either side, the quarter ended 11-4 in favor of the Warriors. In the second quarter, the Pride ramped it up defensively and only limited Eastern Connecticut to eight points on 2-of-11 shooting from the field. Free throws would allow Eastern Connecticut to hold a 19-13 lead at halftime.
In the second half, shots started to fall for the Pride. At 9:47, Jacques would hit a mid range jumper to open up the quarter to make the difference 19-15 for the Warriors. Later, at 2:40, the Pride would make it a one possession game at 27-25, after a Stephanie Lyons (Braintree, Mass.) jump shot. The Warriors would get their lead back up to 35-28 at the end of the third quarter courtesy of three-pointers from Danielle O'Brien and Keckler.
In the fourth quarter, Springfield would see a comeback in sight as they shot 6-of-14 from the field and held Eastern Connecticut to just 25% shooting for the quarter. A layup from Amanda Carr (West Haven, Conn.) would spark a quick 6-0 run that would close the gap to 39-37 with 4:44 remaining. At 1:22, Jacques would convert a layup, draw the foul, and finish the three-point play to make the score 43-40. With just 30 seconds remaining, Lauren Rudolph (Franklin, Mass.) pull down a board and then hit a three to tie the game at 43 a piece. The Pride would foul to stop the clock and Keckler would knock down a pair of free throws to finish off the game and victory for the Warriors at 45-43.
Springfield will look to bounce back as they travel to Albertus Magnus on Wednesday, November 20 at 7 pm.
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