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Second-Half Surge Lifts Women's Basketball Past Stevens, 60-43

Springfield, Mass. - December 4, 2019 - Behind an outstanding team effort, the Springfield College women's basketball team defeated Stevens, 60-43, in non-conference action in Blake Arena on Wednesday night.

The win evened the Pride's record to 4-4 on the season, while the Ducks slipped to 2-4. 

For the game, Springfield shot 23-for-61 (37.7%), but was dominant on the glass, owning a 42-30 advantage, bolstered by 19 offensive rebounds.  Stevens was held to just 16-of-48 (33.3%), including just 7-of-24 in the second half.  Springfield owned a 32-10 cushion for points in the paint and forced 18 turnovers. 

Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) was outstanding as she poured in 19 points on 9-of-16 shooting, while Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) registered 16 points, seven caroms, and four steals.  Sam Hourihan (Bridgewater, Mass.) stuffed her stat sheet with 10 points, 10 rebounds, three steals, and three blocks, and Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) chipped in nine boards.

For Stevens, Jess Broad netted a game-high 21 points and added seven rebounds to lead the way for the visitors. 

The Pride opened the game with a 6-2 lead, at the 7:16 mark in the first quarter, after Hall converted a layup off an offensive rebound. At 4:52, Emily Nunez would convert on her second three-pointer of the game to even the score at 8-8. Springfield would regain a 13-10 lead as Jacques would step into a three with 3:02 remaining in the first quarter. The Ducks would respond with a 6-0 run to end the quarter with a 16-13 lead.

A pair of freebies from Hourihan with 5:32 on the clock allowed Springfield to pull within 21-20, and a jumper in the paint by Stephanie Lyons (Braintree, Mass.) inside a minute to play made it a 25-24 game in favor of Stevens heading into the break.  

Springfield roared out of the locker room with a 14-2 run to take a 38-27 lead in the third quarter. The run was sparked as Hall kicked out to Hourihan, at the 9:37 mark, for a jumper at the top of the key. Springfield limited the Ducks to just seven points in the quarter and dominated inside, outscoring the visitors in the paint, 16-0.

The Pride's lead would balloon to as many as 19 points twice, the last time coming at the 4:03 mark when Hall connected on a pair from the charity stripe, as it coasted to the 60-43 triumph.

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