Up 18-12 at the end of the first quarter, the Springfield College women’s basketball team clinging to a lead that looked like it was slowly depleting.
The Pride entered the second quarter carrying over their inconsistent play. But, just under four minutes into the quarter, Chelsea McAllister drained a three from the top of the corner that was a part of a 14-1 run for the maroon and white in the 2nd quarter.
Heading into halftime with a 34-13 lead, Springfield fixed their issues offensively and built a big lead.
“We just cleaned it up a lot after that,” said head coach Naomi Graves.
Cleaning up the mess resulted in a 72-31 dominance over NEWMAC foe Mount Holyoke at Blake Arena on Wednesday night.
Springfield continued to press on the gas pedal at the start of the third quarter as they went on an 8-0 run to put the score at 42-13 with just under three minutes gone by.
Building a significant lead as the game progressed, allowed Graves to let all her players contribute. All 13 players played at least eight minutes and 12 of them scored at least two points.
Graves emphasized the importance to everyone contributing in this game.
“My goal for me was to get everybody in the game,” said Graves. “I wanted to see the people on the bench have the ability to show me what they’ve learned and what’ve done and quite frankly I think my bench played well.”
Freshmen Grace Restituyo came off the bench with 10 points and nine rebounds. Heather King had six points and eight rebounds while Lexi Windwer nailed a pair of three-pointers. Senior co-captain Heather Lewis chipped in with eight points.
Seeing the bench have a rather successful outing, really pleased Graves but it all started with the senior leadership she has.
As Lewis suffered a minor injury before the game, her fellow peer, senior Emily Gins, showed why she is the other captain.
Gins finished the contest with 15 points but that wasn’t the most impressive aspect to her game. Her toughness and leadership is what has made her a special player.
“Emily Gins I always say is our lunch-box kid, that hard-nosed kid,” said Graves. “She is an awesome senior captain and she’s done some great things for our program.”
Gins really helped set a tempo during Springfield’s run and helped them never look back. At the end of the third quarter, the Pride had the commanding 59-22 advantage. Sophomore guard Georgia Ford had a nice layup on the left side in the fourth quarter to put the lead at 62-22.
Springfield ended the contest shooting 41% from the field. The Lyons were led by Genelle Green who had a team-high 9 points.
Moving forward, the Pride not only improve their overall record to 4-2, but improve to 2-0 in NEWMAC play. The solid start puts Graves’s team in a good position, allowing them to build momentum.
“It is the best that I’ve seen us play early on, I think this team could be really good,” said Graves. “I’m feeling good right now, 2-0.”
Springfield now has a break before they host Worcester State at WPI on December 11th.