Springfield, Mass. - February 12, 2020 - The Springfield College women's basketball program used a second half push to best WPI, 63-51, in New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Wednesday night in Blake Arena.
Springfield elevates to 16-6 overall on the season and a perfect 7-0 in conference play. The Engineers are now 12-10 on the season with a 2-5 NEWMAC record.
First-year Sam Hourihan (Bridgewater, Mass.) steadied the Pride with her seventh double-double of the season as the Physical Therapy major finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and five rejections. Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) added a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double for Springfield while Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) finished with nine points. Springfield edged WPI on the glass finishing the game with a 41-38 rebound advantage. Springfield shot 21-of-26 (80.8%) from the free throw line on the evening.
Spencer Vinson gave the Engineers 10 points and four rebounds while Alex Scariati finished with nine points, six rebounds, and two steals for WPI in the setback. The visitors were limited to 18.2% from three on 4-of-22 shooting.
Springfield jumped out to a 6-2 lead as Hourihan drilled a three off the Goslin assist at the 7:54 mark. After a pair of free throws from Hall with 3:12 remaining in the first quarter, the Pride earned a 13-5 advantage over the Engineers. From there, WPI responded with a 10-3 run that allowed them to trim the margin to 17-15 as Vinson finished in the lane with 12 seconds left in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, WPI was able to cut it back to 21-19 with another Vinson layup with 3:18 on the clock, but Grace Dzindolet (Holliston, Mass.) drove the lane and knocked down a one-footed jumper to give Springfield a 23-19 lead. After a tough finish in the lane from Goslin at 2:15 to make the score 25-19, the Engineers closed out the quarter with a three from Scariarti and a free throw from Bailey Savage to make it 25-23 at the half.
At 7:04 in the third quarter, Victoria Mirecki nailed a pull up jumper to bring WPI within one at 28-27. Springfield responded with an 8-2 run capped off by a runner in the lane from Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine), which gave the Pride the 36-29 lead. McKenna Finken scored in the paint with 1:07 remaining to trim the Pride's lead back down to 38-32, but Hall would convert on the free throw line with 44 seconds remaining to give Springfield the 40-32 lead. With five seconds remaining, WPI would score another timely basket as Kara O'Neil knocked down a three to make the score 40-35, heading into the fourth quarter.
At 5:54 in the final period, Hall made a strong move and finished through contact to give Springfield a 50-43 lead. WPI chipped away at the lead as Vinson scored with three minutes remaining to make the margin 50-47. At the 2:16 mark, Goslin would speed up the court and finish for the 54-47 lead. From there, the Pride would knock down free throws and secure the victory.
Springfield will now travel to MIT on Saturday for a matchup with the Engineers, which tips off at 1 pm.
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