Springfield, Mass. - December 13, 2019 - The Springfield College women's basketball team erupted for a 106-62 victory over Westfield State in Blake Arena on Friday night.
The Pride ended the semester with a 6-5 record as the Owls drop to 3-7 on the season.
Springfield's 106 points marks the highest team point total since January 4, 2000 when the Pride put up 107 points in a contest with Southern Vermont.
Senior guard Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) became the 16th player in program history to eclipse the 1,000 career-point mark as she finished the game with a career-high 26 points, five rebounds, six assists, and a pair of steals. Fellow senior Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) added 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Off the bench, Madeline Fay (Braintree, Mass.) contributed 12 points an six boards, while Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) pitched in 13 points, nine caroms, and five assists. First-year Sam Hourihan (Bridgewater, Mass.) hustled her way to her fourth double-double of the season with 10 points and 14 rebounds. The Pride shot a remarkable 44-of-67 from the field for 65.7% shooting with 30 assists.
Melissa Gray put up 20 points for the Owls, while Isabella Aikten added 12 points.
The Owls' uptempo attack opened up the game with a 9-4 lead when Chelsea Moussette converted on a low post basket, forcing a Springfield timeout. From there, the Pride went on a 10-3 run, capped off by a Hall post move to regain the lead at 14-12 with 3:29 remaining in the quarter. For the remainder of the quarter, both teams would trade baskets. With 52 ticks left in the quarter, Jacques would score in transition to give the Pride a 21-20 edge, then, in the finals seconds of the quarter, Jacques would bank in a shot for the 23-20 lead after one quarter.
To start the second period, the Pride stormed off to a 17-2 run to balloon their lead to 40-22. Springfield would end up scoring 36 points in the quarter with 11 assists and only one turnover. With just eight seconds remaining, Lauren Rudolph (Franklin, Mass.) get in the lane and dump it off to Fay, who finished in traffic to give the Pride their largest lead of the half at 59-30. The Pride shot 15-of-23 from the field for 65.2%.
Westfield State outscored the Pride 27-14 in the third, but the Pride led 79-52 heading into the fourth.
With 7:43 left in the fourth quarter, Goslin etched her name in program history as she became the 16th player to scored over 1,000 points in career off a driving layup. The Pride would use their team effort to cruise to a convincing 106-62 victory.
The Pride will return to action in the new year as they host UMass-Dartmouth in the Hampton Inn West Springfield Nasimith Classic on January 1.
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