Norton, Mass. - April 7, 2021 - In their lone contest of the 2021 campaign, the Springfield College women's basketball team jumped out to a 20-point second-quarter lead and never looked back as it defeated Wheaton College, 56-47, on Wednesday evening in Emerson Gymnasium.
Tonight's game marked the first contest for the Pride since it competed in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Semifinals on February 28, 2020, a span of 404 days.
In her 30th season at the helm of the Springfield College women's basketball program, head coach Naomi Graves had her squad focused from the start, as Springfield surged out to a 12-0 advantage less than three minutes into the game following a bucket from Sam Hourihan (East Bridgewater, Mass.). The Pride would close out the opening quarter with a 19-4 lead following a baseline jumper by Grace Dzindolet (Holliston, Mass.) at the buzzer.
Springfield's cushion would balloon to 29-9 with 4:30 remaining in the opening half when Madeline Fay (Braintree, Mass.) made a terrific backdoor cut and finished inside. Heading into the break, Springfield would lead the host Lyons by a 32-16 margin.
The Pride pushed its lead back to 20 points at the 6:53 mark of the third when Kayla Madden (Ashland, Mass.) sliced her way through the Lyons defense with a driving layup to make it a 36-16 conest. All 13 of Springfield's student-athletes would see game action on the night, and despite a late fourth-quarter push by the Lyons, the Pride showed composure and grit down the stretch to pull out the nine-point victory.
Fay and Hourihan each netted 13 points on the night, while Dzindolet netted 11 of her own and Madden chipped in seven in her collegiate debut.
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