Springfield, Mass. - December 7, 2019 - The Springfield College women's basketball program earned a 61-46 win over Connecticut College on Saturday afternoon in Blake Arena.
The Pride has won back-to-back games to lift their record to 5-4 on the season. The Camels fell to 3-5.
Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) delivered a career-high performance with 22 points on 50% shooting from the field, to go with six rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. Fellow senior Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) provided great energy with 16 points, four boards, and was 8-of-9 from the charity stripe. Stephanie Lyons (Boston, Mass.), in her second career start, sparked the Pride with 12 points, while first-year Sam Hourihan (Bridgewater, Mass.) totaled seven points, 10 rebounds, and three assists in 30 minutes of action. The Pride outrebounded the Camels, 38-28, for the game, while scoring 17 points off turnovers in the victory.
Connecticut College was led by the duo of Jenna Whelan and Sami Ashton. Whelan went for 15 points and Ashton put up 13 points. Springfield held the Camels to just 3-of-18 shooting from three for 16.7%.
Just over five minutes into the game, the Pride opened up the contest on a 9-0 run with Lyons knocking down a wing three, forcing a Camels timeout. At 2:45, Nancy Coulverson would convert on a faceup jumper to trim the Pride's lead to 11-6. Lyons would force a turnover and score on the next possession to make it 14-6, but Connecticut College would finish the quarter with a pair of buckets to slim the margin to 14-10. The Pride shot 4-of-8 (50%) from the field and were perfect (5-of-5) from the line in the first quarter.
The Pride would start the quarter off on a 10-2 scoring spurt, as Jacques scored on four possessions in the run, capped off by a elbow jumper at the 6:20 mark. With 2:19 to play in the half, Lauren Rudolph (Franklin, Mass.) set up Hall for spin move to give the Pride a 26-15 advantage. Whelan would get a bucket to trim the Pride's lead to single digits, but Jacques would intercept a pass and finished in transition in the finals seconds to give the Pride a 28-17 lead going into the half.
In the third quarter, the Camels would find some offense, shooting 8-of-12 in the quarter and outscored the Pride 21-13. With 4:09 remaining in the third quarter, Claire Gublin would force a turnover and pass ahead to Whelan who finished the break away layup, giving the Camels their first lead of the game. At 2:56, Hall would kick out the Jacques for a crucial three that gave the Pride the lead back at 36-35. Hall would finish the quarter scoring five points to give Springfield a 41-38 cushion, heading into the fourth.
In the fourth quarter, the Pride separated themselves from the Camels by limiting the opposition to 2-of-17 from the field and 1-of-7 from the three point line, as the hosts secured the 61-46 victory.
Up next for Springfield, the Pride will play at Worcester State on Tuesday at 6 pm.
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