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Women's Basketball Takes a 80-63 Victory Over UMass-Dartmouth in Hampton Inn/West Springfield Naismith Classic

Springfield, Mass. - January 1, 2020 - The Springfield College women's basketball team earned an 80-63 victory over UMass-Dartmouth in the Hampton Inn/West Springfield Naismith Classic on Wednesday afternoon in Blake Arena. 

The Pride elevate to 7-5 on the season while UMass-Dartmouth dips to 7-3 on the year. 

Springfield had three players put together double-double performance with Sam Hourihan (Bridgewater, Mass.) scoring a career-high 20 points to go along with 12 rebounds while Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) added 22 points and 10 rebounds and Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) notched 15 points, 10 rebounds, and three steals. The Pride controlled the glass with 53 rebounds while having 16 assists on 30 made field goals.

UMass-Dartmouth were led by Ashley Carroll, who finished with 14 points. Ashley Brown added 10 points, six rebounds, and four assists in the setback. 

The Pride opened up the first quarter on a 14-3 run with Hourihan capping off the run with a three pointer from the top of the key, which forced a timeout with 7:02 remaining. With 2:02 left in the quarter, UMass-Dartmouth cut into the Pride's lead with a 6-0 spurt to make the score 18-11. Lauren Rudolph (Franklin, Mass.) found Hourihan in the post, at 2:00, to give the Pride a 22-11 lead, and in the wanning seconds of the quarter, Jaqcues followed up her own miss to beat the clock and give Springfield a 24-14 cushion. 

With 8:38 left in the second, Springfield capped off a 7-0 run with a fast break lay in for Stephanie Lyons (Boston, Mass.), giving the Pride a 31-14 lead. A driving layup from Lauren Empey with two minutes remaining in the quarter cut the Pride's lead to 39-29, and as time expired in the half, UMass-Dartmouth was able to cut the lead to eight with a Kayla McMahon floater. 

At 8:59 in the third quarter, the Corsairs trimmed the Springfield lead to 42-37 with a pair of free throws. The Pride ramped up their defensive intensity and closed out the quarter on a 25-5 run giving the Pride a 65-41 cushion. Goslin put her stamp on the quarter, accounting for eight points and five boards in the frame.

At 9:34 in the fourth quarter, Jacques nailed a three to give Springfield their biggest lead of the afternoon at 68-41. For the remainder of the quarter, the Pride held UMass-Dartmouth at bay and coasted to an 80-63 victory. 

Springfield will face Roger Williams at 3 pm tomorrow as the Hampton Inn/West Springfield Naismith Classic continues. 

Roger Williams 62, St. Joseph's (Maine) 50

In the second game of the Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic on Wednesday evening, the Roger Williams women's basketball team earned a 62-50 victory over St. Joseph's at Springfield College's Blake Arena.  

The win boosted Roger Williams record to 6-5 on the year, while St. Joseph's dipped to 6-5. 

Karlie Opalka was dominant in the paint for the Hawks, totaling 20 points and 11 boards, while Sam Mancinelli turned in 12 points and six assists.  Roger Williams shot 26-for-57 (45.6%) and held a 42-32 edge on the glass.

For St. Joseph's, Alyson Fillon produced 14 points, while Jordan Jabar chipped in eight points and six boards.  The Monks benched accounted for 22 of their 50 points as the squad shot 19-for-54 in the contest. 

The Monks gained a 13-10 lead with 2:23 left in the opening quarer on an inside score from Mikayal Van Zandt, only to have the Hawks score the final six points of the frame, including back-to-back buckets from Opalkak to own a 16-13 edge after 10 minutes of play.  Roger Williams would stretch their lead to 27-18 with 4:17 remaining in the half when Mancinelli cashed in on a deep triple and a Emily Yonych put back at the horn allowed the Hawks to take a 31-24 advantage into the halftime break.  

Roger Williams began the third quarter on an 11-5 burst to grab hold of a 42-29 edge following a jumper from Sophie Araneo with 6:17 on the clock.  However, St. Joseph's would not go quietly, using an 11-4 burst of their own as a fast-break bucket by Cassandra Staplefeld with 1:25 remaining trimmed the lead to 46-40.  Over the next 1:35 spanning into the final quarter, the Hawks would net eight-straight points to open up a 14-point cushion with less than eight minutes remaining in regulation.  The Monks would get no closer than eight points as the Hawks would hold on for a 12-point neutral site win.  

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