As four of the top six teams in the NEWMAC were within two and a half of games of each other, a conference win against the other would be crucial at this point in the season. Prior to Wednesday night’s home contest, the Springfield College women’s basketball team was sitting in 6th place and ready for a matchup with Coast Guard who had a one-game lead over the Pride in the standings.
The game of basketball can certainly be a sport where things will not go your way. An offensive drought can always be an issue and unfortunately it directly affected Springfield. Shooting at just 28.8% for the full 40 minutes, the Pride lost 61-47 to the Bears at Blake Arena.
A big part to Springfield’s inefficient offense was the lack of flow inside and out.
“We just couldn’t get the ball inside and our guards tried,” said head coach Naomi Graves. “We just couldn’t finish, it was really disappointing.”
Down 52-33 with 4:41 left in the contest, the Pride went on a 11-4 run with just under two minutes to play to put the score at 56-44. The late run was just too late as Springfield dug into a hole early on.
In the first half, the issues were the combination of a 26.7% field goal percentage as well as nine turnovers. A very quiet 8-2 run by the Bears in the first three minutes of the third quarter gave them a 37-22 lead over the Pride.
Coast Guard had three players score in double figures. Senior Meghan Fornaro led with a game-high 16 points, as Shelby Threlkeld and Torie Sutherland had 13 points apiece.
The Pride were led by sophomore Heather King with a team-high 12 points and Chelsea McAllister chipped in with 10 points. Along with King and McAllister, Springfield produced 34 of their 47 points from off the bench.
Continuing to turn over the ball, the Pride ended regulation with an amount of turnovers well above their 16.1 average overall.
“We had too many turnovers, we can’t win a basketball game coming from behind with 21 turnovers,” said Graves.
A majority of the Bear’s offense was featured inside as well as off the Pride’s turnovers. Coast Guard scored 18 points off turnovers and had 26 points in the paint.
Graves recognized the effect of missing shots had on her team.
“I just think that our confidence bases sometimes on whether the ball goes in the basket or not,” said Graves.
Graves made a drastic lineup change before the game as she had four new players starting in Christa Brent, Carli Brent, Molly McCausland, Ava Adamopoulos, along with senior captain Emily Gins.
“Christa and Carli gave us energy, they started, they played great defense,” said Graves. “Molly did some good things.”
Springfield now has three games remaining with two of them being at home.