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Women's Basketball Pulls Away From MIT, 67-61

Women's Basketball Pulls Away From MIT, 67-61

Cambridege, Mass. - February 15, 2020 - The Springfield College women's basketball program used a fourth quarter surge to best MIT, 67-61, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) on Saturday afternoon at the Rockwell Cage.

Springfield remains undefeated in NEWMAC play and holds a 17-6 record overall. MIT evens out at 11-11 and is 5-3 in the NEWMAC standings. Springfield has rattled off eight-straight wins, which is the most consecutive wins since 2005-06.

The Pride were powered by a pair of double-double performances from Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) and Sam Hourihan (Bridgewater, Mass.). Jacques led all scorers with 20 points and pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds. Hourihan notched her eighth double-double of the season with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) was clutch down the stretch and finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Springfield held a 44-34 advantage on the glass. 

For MIT, Christina Antonakakis scored 18 points with seven helpers while Jocelyn Luizzi added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Engineers. Cindy Si contributed 10 points and four steals in the setback. 

For the better part of the first period, both teams traded baskets as MIT was able to earn a 12-7 lead, at the 2:01 mark, as Annika Sougstad canned a three from the Antonakais feed. At 1:48, Lauren Rudolph (Franklin, Mass.) found Jacques for the jumper to make it 12-9 for the Engineers. The Pride cut it to 14-11 with just over a minute remaining as Goslin pulled up for the mid-range jumper. With 34 ticks remaining, Sougstad would drill another jumper giving MIT the 16-11 lead at the end of the first. 

At 8:23 in the second quarter, Jacques coralled a miss and put it back up for to tie the game at 16-16. After a pair of free throws by Si, Grace Dzindolet (Holliston, Mass.) drilled a three, which let the Pride regain the 19-18 lead with 6:58 remaining in the half. With two minutes remaining, MIT grew a 27-22 lead after a 9-3 run that was capped off by a pair of free throws from Antonakikis. After a Springfield time out, Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) rejected a layup, which led to Goslin finishing in transition to trim the deficit to 27-24 with 1:12 remaining, then, Madeline Fay (Braintree, Mass.) beat the buzzer with a jumper from Stephanie Lyons (Boston, Mass.) to bring Springfield within two at 28-26. 

MIT opened the third quarter on a 20-9 run, which allowed the Engineers to build a 48-35 lead with 2:22 remaining. Hourihan finished a couple buckets for the Pride to finish out the third period, bringing the score to 48-39 going into the fourth quarter. 

Starting at 6:29 in the fourth, Springfield used a 13-0 run to sprint back and take a 60-54 lead as Lyons and Goslin each knocked down threes to cap off the run with 4:09 left in the game. With 1:23 remaining, Luizzi socred in the paint to make it 62-58 for the Pride. After Goslin spilt from the line with 15 seconds to go, Si nailed a three to make it 65-61, but Goslin sealed the game at the line on the next possession completing the 67-61 comeback win. 

Springfield will now battle with Babson on Wednesday, February 19 at 7 pm. 

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