Springfield Holds on to Defeat MIT, 61-52

Kara Holinski
Courtesy of DSPics.com

THE BASICS: 

- Score: Springfield College 61, MIT 52

- Records: MIT (8-5, 4-2 NEWMAC); Springfield (11-3, 5-1 NEWMAC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: A 6-of-6 performance at the free throw line during the final 25 seconds along with a trio of blocks helped Springfield College hold on for a 62-51 victory over MIT in NEWMAC women's basketball action on Tuesday night. Junior Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) paced the Engineers with 16 points and three assists while Grace Restituyo racked up 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Pride.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- After a back-and-forth start to the game, a jumper by Taylor Hall gave Springfield a 15-12 edge at the end of the quarter.

- The exchange of baskets resumed in the second stanza as a jumper from junior Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) put MIT in front, 18-17, at the 6:43 mark. A three-pointer by Chelsea McAllister returned the lead back to the Pride, which later grew to 28-22 after Restituyo's put-back with 1:02 on the clock. A trey by junior Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) quickly cut the deficit in half, however, McAllister knocked down a deep three-point shot right before the halftime buzzer sounded for a 31-25 lead.

- Springfield carried the momentum into the third quarter, outscoring the Engineers, 10-4, over the course of 6:23. A three-pointer by Holinski sparked an 8-2 run that brought the hosts within 43-37 with 55 seconds remaining. Lauren Rudolph responded with a trey of her own to maintain the comfortable cushion.

- Despite the deficit MIT continued to attack, closing the gap to two on three occasions, the last at 52-50 on Yuan's layup with 1:47 left to play. A McAllister basket and then a free throw with 31 seconds remaining gave the visitors some breathing room. Five seconds later a layup by junior Kristen Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.) trimmed the lead to 55-52, but a quick foul sent Emily Jacques to the charity stripe where she drained both shots.

- On the Engineers' next trip down the court, a three-point attempt by V'Dovec spun out of the rim with 21 seconds to go. Springfield increased its advantage as McAllister and Jacques both went 2-for-2 at the free throw line. The Pride's defense responded with blocks by Heather King, Jacques, and McAllister during the final 10 seconds to clinch the victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- V'Dovec and Holinski both recorded 14 points while V'Dovec grabbed five rebounds. Freshman Kylie Gallagher (Upton, Mass.) produced seven boards and two blocks as junior Maude Gull (Zurich, Switzerland) chipped in five rebounds.

- McAllister led all players with 19 points while Jacques finished with 15 points and two blocks. Alex Goslin tallied nine rebounds and five assists as King chipped in five boards, three assists, and two blocks.

- Springfield had the upper hand in field-goal percentage (47.2 – 36.1) and rebounds (39-30). MIT ended the night with slight edges in points in the paint (30-28) and points off turnovers (16-8).

UP NEXT:

- Both squads continue NEWMAC play on Thursday, Jan. 11. MIT will travel to Wheaton College for a 7:00 p.m. start while Springfield will host Smith College for a 1:00 p.m. tip off.

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