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Women's Basketball Edged by Albertus Magnus, 71-67

Women's Basketball Edged by Albertus Magnus, 71-67

New Haven, Conn. - November 20, 2019 - The Springfield College women's basketball program fell 71-67 to Albertus Magnus  in non-conference play on Wednesday night at The Nest.

Springfield now sits at 3-2 on the season while Albertus Magnus earned their first victory of the season. The Pride won the reboundimg battle 51-47 over the Falcons. 

In the setback, first-year forward Sam Hourihan (Bridgewater, Mass.) had put together a double-double performance with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) led the Pride with 15 points, 10 of which came in the fourth quarter, while Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) put up 14 points, four helpers, and a pair of steals. Madeline Fay (Braintree, Mass.) was a force on the glass with a career-high 11 rebounds, seven offensive, to go along with her eight points. 

Albertus was led by Shyla Osmond's game-high 27 points on 10-of-24 shooting to go along with six rebounds, four steals, and three assists. Rah Rah Thompson had a big 18-point, 18-rebound double-double for the Falcons. 

In the first quarter, the Pride earned an 8-6 lead after Goslin found Amanda Carr (West Haven, Conn.) for the midrange jumper. From there, the Falcons ran off on an 11-2 to finish off the first quarter led by the efforts of Thompson. 

Halfway through the second quarter, the Falcons' lead would reach 22-15 after Thompson hit one-of-two free throws. At 6:12, a Lauren Rudolph (Franklin, Mass.) steal would spark a Springfield 6-0 run to slim the deficit to just 22-21. A timely jumper from Osmond with under two minutes remaining would let the Falcons go back up 31-24 before Goslin would answer with a bucket to close the half down five points at 31-26. The Pride held the Falcons to just 6-of-21 shooting in the second quarter for a field goal percentage of 28.6%.

At 6:18 in the third quarter, the Pride would find themselves seven after a pair of free throws from Cassie Couture, but back-to-back steals from Rudolph and Rachel Vinton (Holden, Mass.) would bring Springfield within three at 37-34. Then, Vinton and Hourihan would each convert on the offensive end the bring the margin to 40-38. Albertus would ride out another 10-4 run to close the quarter at 50-42. 

In the final period, Springfield began to gain momentum as they poured in 25 points in the quarter with Jacques, Goslin, and Fay notching 23 of the 25 points. Trailing 60-52 with 4:41 remaining, Springfield used a 9-2 run highlighted by six points from Fay to get the score even at 62 a piece with 2:14 left in regulation. At 1:05, Goslin would make a tough bucket in traffic to tie the game again at 64-64, just to have Osmond hit a fading jumper from the wing to go out 66-64 on the next possession. With eight seconds remaining, both teams would take a timeout with the difference just four points. With just three ticks left,  Springfield kicked out to Jacques for the three-pointer to make it a one-point game at 68-67. From their the Pride would foul and the Falcons would convert and seal the win, despite the strong Springfield comeback.

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