Springfield College women’s basketball took on the struggling Mount Holyoke Lyons (0-6) late Tuesday night in Blake arena. The Pride came into the game with a lot of momentum after beating Wellesley 51-29, marking Head Coach Naomi Graves’ 400th win at Springfield.
Springfield cruised to an 88-27 win over the Lyons to move to 5-2 on the season. The women were led by freshman forward Maddy Fay, who finished with 14 points and eight rebounds.
“I think this game was a confidence booster,” said Fay. “I don’t play as much and then going in getting minutes and doing well really helps. Now I know I can do it.
Graves thought that Fay’s night was impressive and having her play the way she did will be essential for later in the season.
“We need Maddy to be ready when it gets harder in the NEWMACs and later in our schedule. So, this is a perfect game for her to recognize that she is still a good player and she still has a lot to offer us.”
Along with Fay, six other players scored in double figures for the Pride. The team shot 57.4 percent from the field compared to Mount Holyoke’s 18.2. Springfield also out rebounded the Lyons, 47-13.
Pride sophomore guard Emily Jacques didn’t play, but will play this Saturday according to Graves.
Springfield started the game on fire hitting on all cylinders and finished the first quarter with a whopping 35-5 lead.
By the end of the first quarter, the Pride were shooting 69.2 percent from the field compared to Mount Holyoke’s 20.
In the second quarter the Pride’s explosion on offense slowed down, but the team still went into halftime with a 46-9 lead.
In the third quarter, Springfield continued to pile the points on to the Lyons. A solid quarter from Fay helped the Pride finish the quarter with a 68-22 lead.
In the fourth quarter the Pride mostly ran through its offensive sets en route to the victory.
“I thought our team did a great job at working on our system today,” said Graves. “This also allowed allowed some of our bench players to get significant minutes.”
Up next the Women will take on Worcester State this Saturday at Blake Arena.